International Activity

CEDR has been recognized as a leader in the development of alternative methods of resolving disputes and mediation both in the UK and internationally since its inception in 1989. It has been instrumental in assisting mediation organisations to develop in their own countries and lobbied vigorously to raise awareness and encourage development of in country and cross-border mediation and its experts have been sought for advice, training and mediations worldwide.

In 2011 CEDR established offices in Asia (Hong Kong) and the Middle East (Qatar) in order to offer a global service to clients who need to resolve disputes or enhance their dispute prevention/resolution skills. In the near future CEDR hopes to expand its current presence in Ireland and Singapore into full service offices.

CEDR regularly partners with national and international organisations – both private and public, Government bodies and International funding organisations, consumer associations, law societies, bar associations, chambers of commerce and many others, including:

  • Bar Association Hong Kong
  • British Council
  • CCPIT (China Council for the Promotion of International Trade) Beijing China
  • Council of Europe
  • European Union
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
  • International Bar Association
  • ICC Paris (International Chamber of Commerce)
  • IFC (International Finance Corporation)
  • India's International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ICADR)
  • International Trade Centre
  • Qatar Civil and Commercial Court and Regulatory Tribunal

  • Hong Kong Law Society
  • OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development)
  • Singapore Management University
  • UK Department for International Development
  • UIA (Union Internationale des Avocats)
  • UN (United Nations)
  • UNCITRAL (United National Commission on International Trade Law)
  • UK Government’s Global Opportunities Fund
  • World Intellectual Property Organisation
  • World Bank Washington

CEDR has assisted in a number of ways:

Civil Justice Development

CEDR has partnered with many international funding organisations to improve their clients' Civil Justice systems through the introduction of mediation processes. Assistance typically involves research and analysis of existing judicial systems, design of court mediation pilot schemes, mediator training programmes and awareness raising programmes.CEDR has, for example, worked with the United Nations Ombudsman’s Office in New York to set up a completely new Mediation Division which now forms part of the recently established UN Internal Justice System. This project was completed over a two year period during which time CEDR seconded a CEDR Director Danny McFadden for some months to the UN’s New York office to plan and assist in establishing the new division. All ADR development projects big and small are custom designed to satisfy the needs of each jurisdiction and client, taking into account factors such as their budgets and any cultural differences.

CEDR's dispute resolution service

In the past two decades CEDR has facilitated or mediated some of the most prominent international disputes across many sectors including Atlantic Computers and BCCI. Based in Hong Kong CEDR Asia Pacific is able to offer a range of dispute resolution processes to clients in the Asian region including mediation, conflict management, adjudication, arbitration and expert determination.CEDR Asia Pacific panel mediators have travelled to Singapore, China and other countries in the region to mediate a wide range of disputes.


Internationally, CEDR has trained over 1000 mediators in 50 countries, (excluding the UK) many as part of a wider programme to assist in the development and growth of mediation, programmes which have also included training judges, advocates and business people. CEDR has also delivered conflict management training to a number of international organisations to enable better management of conflict. In South East Asia CEDR Asia Pacific is currently providing conflict management training, mediation courses, sales training and cross cultural training to government related organisations and large private companies on a regular basis.



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International Activity