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Collaborative Resolution of Disputes and COVID-19

Date: 26 June 2020

Time: 14.00-15:00 BST

Venue: Online

Recording of the webinar

Event Details

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) has recently published two Concept Notes on the effect of the COVID19 pandemic on commercial contracts. Among many points, it has suggested that the best policy approach in the case of many contracts is for the law:

  • to support negotiated solutions to make viable contracts blighted by the pandemic work;
  • to bring contracts made unviable by the pandemic to an end in an equitable manner;
  • where negotiation fails, to encourage parties to undertake mediation or other alternative dispute resolution methods;
  • where court proceedings are needed and cannot be safely carried on in person, to encourage online hearings - these will have a much more important role in the future even when no longer necessary for health reasons, and will help to avoid a backlog of cases clogging up the system.

This event is being held to highlight some of the practical applications of these ideas. The speakers will look at specific dispute resolution options such as the Pandemic Business Dispute Resolution Service which CEDR and CIArb have launched to provide for quick resolution of such disputes through the use of assisted negotiation, mediation and fast track arbitration.


  • Prof. Dr. Malik Dahlan, Institution Quraysh
  • Eva Lein, University of Lausanne and BIICL
  • James South, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR)
  • Catherine Dixon, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • Sir William Blair, QMUL and 3VB Chambers
  • Wolf von Kumberg, IDR London

Join in the conversation: @BIICL #BreathingSpace

CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 1 CPD hour.


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