The Cambodia delegation of the Ministry of Justice and Cambodian Centre for Mediation visit to the Chiang Mai District Court, Mediation and Comprise Centre, Chiang Mai province, Thailand, 18th of December 2018.
It was our honour to host the delegation team from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Kingdom of Cambodia to the Singapore Mediation Centre. The session signifies the strengthening of alliance between Singapore and Cambodia, the advancement of cross-border collaboration and the opportunities to learn for both countries.
Washington – JAMS, the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide, is proud to announce it was named Best ADR Provider for the Washington, D.C. area in the annual Legal Times “Best of 2016” survey.
“We are so honored the readers of the Legal Times have voted JAMS as the number one ADR firm in the Washington D.C. area for three years in a row,” said Chris Poole, JAMS president and CEO. “We thank them for this recognition and aim to continue to remain their first choice for ADR services.”
Thousands of votes were submitted to the Legal Times, an ALM publication. The survey ranked the top three ADR providers, as voted on by the publication’s readers.
The Washington, D.C. Resolution Center includes the following neutrals: Hon. Rosemarie Annunziata, (Ret.); Harold Himmelman, Esq.; John W. Hinchey, Esq.; Marvin E. Johnson, Esq.; Gordon E. Kaiser, FCIArb; Hon. Sherrie L. Krauser, (Ret.); Hon. Benson Everett Legg (Ret.); Hon. Richard A. Levie (Ret.); Lester J. Levy, Esq.; Michael K. Lewis, Esq.; Roy S. Mitchell, Esq.; Hon. Carol Park-Conroy (Ret.); Edna A. Povich; Hon. James Robertson (Ret.); Jerry P. Roscoe, Esq.; Linda R. Singer, Esq.; Hon. Frederic N. Smalkin (Ret.); Hon. Dennis M. Sweeney (Ret.); R. Wayne Thorpe, Esq.; Hon. Ricardo M. Urbina (Ret.); and Hon. Curtis E. von Kann (Ret.).
Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide. With Resolution Centers nationwide and abroad, JAMS and its nearly 350 exclusive neutrals are responsible for resolving thousands of the world’s important cases. JAMS may be reached at 800-352-5267.
It is time for reflection and looking forward as the year comes to a close and we get ready for the holiday season in my part of the world. There is much to celebrate from the viewpoint of the International Mediation Institute (IMI). To name a few - the Global Pound Conference (GPC) series was launched in the first quarter and is progressing quickly to engage stakeholders throughout the world; new Board members joined IMI, broadening our diversity; IMI published its 2016 Biennial Census Survey; talks continue in Working Group II to explore the adoption of an instrument to enforce mediation settlements for cross border disputes; and IMI established criteria for mediators resolving Investor State Disputes. Let’s celebrate these accomplishments.
The Global Pound Conference SeriesThe Series was launched in Singapore and since that time events were held in Lagos, Mexico City, New York City, Geneva, Toronto, and Madrid. In total 41 events have been planned in 31 countries. We promised a unique event to engage stakeholders in a modern conversation about the future of dispute management and resolution and we delivered through the hard work of many people on the ground. We started to collect information about what is being currently delivered to stakeholders, but more important, what they want in the future. In reviewing the information collected in very different locations, we find that there are many similarities in viewpoint. This intelligence will help shape the processes to meet stakeholder needs. We encourage you to review the reports from each event by going to: http://globalpoundconference.org/gpc-series-data/local-voting-results
In 2017 GPC events are planned in 35 cities so far. Please sign up for notifications about scheduled events at: http://www.globalpoundconference.org/conference-series/attend-a-gpc-series-event
Thank you to all of our Sponsors for making these events a reality. Special thanks for the Diamond Sponsors HSF and SIDRA and Platinum Sponsor PWC. A list of Sponsors and Sponsorship opportunities can be found at: http://globalpoundconference.org/supporters-(2)/global-sponsors
In order to continue the promise, we need you to engage users of dispute management and resolution processes to attend the events. Please invite your colleagues and clients.
We hope to see you at one or more of the GPC events.
Article extracted from Khmer Times 03/11/2016 link>>
The tensions between the Cambodian People’s Party and the Cambodia National Rescue Party in the run up to the 2017 and 2018 elections are reason to consider all available violence prevention strategies, including those besides law and order.
“Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed,” states the preamble of the constitution of Unesco. How can you and I build such defenses of peace? One way is to learn the language of humanization.
The psychologist Zimbardo observed that the process of dehumanization is central to the transformation of ordinary people into indifferent, even cruel perpetrators of violence.
Dehumanization is the reduction of the full humanity of a person or a people to one or few single traits, which makes them appear less human and hence unworthy of equal treatment. While all the causes of violence remain to be conclusively defined, most scientists agree that dehumanization is a precursor.
Conflict over forest resources is one of the major challenges in forest management, particularly in Cambodia. It is believed that the number and severity of forest conflicts has increased in the last decades. The Royal Government of Cambodia, for example, put conflict resolution as one of the important aspect in its National Forest Program, underlining its commitment to address the issue.
To minimize the negative impacts (and maximize the positive impacts) of forest conflicts, there is a need to develop and strengthen appropriate conflict management methods, tools and practices. There are some approaches of conflict management including avoidance, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, adjudication, coercion, and violence. Among others, mediation is considered a key method for addressing forest conflict. As a process in which a third party helps the conflicting parties in resolving the conflict, mediation is considered not only an effective tool in resolving conflict, but also in transforming social relationships and building peace.
This study will be analyzed with the aim to develop a better understanding of mediation and its dynamics of success, gaining insight into the challenges facing this conflict management method, and to strengthen its practices. The results of this analysis will cover the state of the art of forest conflict mediation in the Cambodian community, the trends observed through the analysis of various case studies, as well as proposing innovations for the development and application of conflict mediation in the transformation of conflict. It is also hoped that the result of the analysis will contribute to the development of policy and capacity building on conflict mediation.
The purpose of this presentation is to examine the application of different mediation methods in Cambodia by focusing on the process of mediation, including the aims of mediation, role of mediators, process of mediation, methods and outcomes of the mediation.
As resulted of this analysis mediation will be perceived as an important method to address conflict in Cambodian society, especially traditional conciliation is practiced widely in the rural Cambodia to manage tensions and reduce angers between the community people and Economic Land Concession-based Company, and thereafter, to create peaceful resolutions at community level, pursue several strategies to improve conflict transformation and promote the capacity building programs of conflict management.
Alternative dispute resolution could be a means to circumvent the courts for many Cambodians in order to adjudicate small everyday issues, a legal rights advocate says.
Meas Savath, president of the Cambodian Center for Mediation, told VOA Khmer recently that the formation of alternative resolution mechanisms requires voluntary participation, meaning the results are usually satisfactory for both parties.
Such dispute resolution can be a way for Cambodians to circumvent a court system that many mistrust as biased or ineffective.
Alternative dispute resolution, or ADR, “gives more chances for disputing parties to talk to each other,” Meas Savath said. “It does not cost a lot of money.”
This type of arbitration also takes less time than the courts, he said. Some disputes take as little as two days. The mechanism can address small disputes such as broken contracts, verbal assault and land demarcation between neighbors, Meas Savath said.
“Agreements would have to come from disputing parties,” he said. “They are responsible for implementing the agreement.”
However, Meas Savath, who is on a fellowship in Washington to study ADR, said a lack of legal obligations to put agreements in place is a weakness of the system. And Cambodians are often less apt to open discussions about their disputes than Americans, he said.
“Culturally, Cambodians do not have much to say in finding solutions to their conflicts, which requires a mediator to encourage them to engage in discussion,” he said. “They tend to seek decisions from the moderator.