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WHO'S WHO LEGAL MEDIATION 2020 : Top 11 nomination.

In the last edition of WHO'S WHO LEGAL MEDIATION 2020 (page 37), Fabienne van der Vleugel (VDV AVOCATS) has again been nominated, with 10 other mediators, in the list of mediators for FRANCE.

The 2014 April edition "Who’s Who Legal FRANCE 2014", in its article "Mediation Marketplace Analysis" (web site), and in its paper edition (page 68) already analysed the development of mediation in France :

« [---] Mediation in France’s commercial sector is slowly gaining momentum. The civil procedure code contains modern provisions to facilitate the use of mediation and new legislation is expected to encourage the development of ADR in France. Eleven lawyers are selected for inclusion, demonstrating its growing popularity. [---] Fabienne van der Vleugel, founder of VDV Avocats is “going from strength to strength” in the fields of mediation, negotiation and court-approved consensus arbitration. She is head of the firm’s ADR department and regularly appointed as an institutional mediator for conducting mediations in French or English. [---]”
(source : Who's Who Legal France 2014, cf. lien web).

Despite covid-19, mediation is and remains an adequate alternative dispute resolution offering to the mediated parties the possibility to master their conflict, to negotiate it and fix a negotiated adapted durable solution with the help of the mediator.

In SERRIS, the law firm VDV AVOCATS has been built in such a way to permit Fabienne van der Vleugel, in her capacity of either judicial mediator or ad hoc mediator, to organize mediation and private/plenary sessions, with presence of parties and counsels and/or to organize visio conferences.

Mediation is a modern new way to manage conflicts, which integrates a part of daring and flexibility.

Mediated parties may be offered the possibility, if they wish so, to use on line mediation mixed, or not, with face to face meetings.

On line mediation may also permit mediated parties to master the conflict and to fix the solution they want to negotiate, with the help of their lawyers, and under the supervision of the mediator – who is controlling and organizing the processes.

During the last world UIA Forum of mediation centers, organized on line, in September 2020, one of the sessions was precisely about on line mediation : the modern tool MODRON has been explained by its creator, M. Nathan POLITO, who took the time to explain its characteristics to the audience.

UIA general assembly October 2020.

The UIA (International association of lawyers) has been established in 1927.

With members in over 110 countries, the UIA is a global and multi-cultural organization for the legal profession that facilitates professional development, stimulates learning and networking, and promotes the Rule of Law.

Members are actively participating and/or organizing seminars, meetings, forums, various actions and conferences in any part of the world.

Within the UIA, Fabienne van der Vleugel is acting in her capacity of president of the UIA world FORUM of mediation centers. The 27th FORUM was organised in Italy, in January 2020, just before the closing of the borders imposed by Covid-19. The very first virtual UIA FORUM has been organized in September 2020, gathering speakers from the US, Australia, Africa and Europe.

UIA is the association to adhere to, permitting enhancing knowledge of law and cultures.

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Participation to the 1st VIRTUAL UIA CONGRESS.

The 1st virtual UIA congress – UNION INTERNATIONAL DES AVOCATS – will be just excellent : the program (see attached) will trigger very interesting debates during seminars and meetings, and will permit participants to update information about various subject matters.

Many lawyers, managers have registered. Do not miss this event !

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Conference to the students of BTS International commerce of the Lycée Jean Vilar, in Meaux.

In her capacity of French foreign trade advisor, Fabienne van der Vleugel has given a 2-hour conference this 9 October 2020 to the students of BTS International commerce of the Lycée Jean Vilar, in Meaux.

This was the opportunity for the students to get information about international commerce, and more specifically about the importance of writing and negotiating adapted and detailed clauses in the contract, and notably inserting correct management conflict clauses.

The characteristics of the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods have been described : mediation, arbitration, conciliation, collaborative process, participative procedure, and the differences with the judicial procedures.

The covid-19 crises also obliges international commerce actors to adopt accordingly their methods to handle disputes. Mediation via on-line adapted instruments constitute a modern way to construct a solid, definitive and adapted solution to a conflict.

The students of BTS International commerce of the Lycée Jean Vilar in Meaux, have had the opportunity to learn more about commercial disputes and ADR methods.

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28th world FORUM of mediation centers, JURISTE INTERNATIONAL, 2020.2, page 21, UIA, Lexis Nexis.

The 28th world FORUM of mediation centers has been exceptionnally organized in the format of 4 webinairs, with professional and recognized speakers, and about innovative and interesting themes :

- The Impact on International Disputes of the Singapore Convention

Fabienne van der Vleugel, in her capacity of president of the UIA world FORUM of mediation centers, has written an article summarizing the 28th world FORUM which has been published in the review JURISTE INTERNATIONAL.

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