Website : www.cpradr.org
Established in 1977, the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) is an independent non-profit organisation that helps global businesses prevent and resolve commercial disputes effectively and efficiently.
- CPR Dispute Resolution is an ADR provider offering quality, efficiency and integrity via innovative and practical arbitration rules, mediation and other dispute resolution services and procedures – as well as arbitrators, mediators and other neutrals, worldwide. The CPR offers personalised, concierge-level consulting and case management services, by highly experienced, accessible and multilingual attorneys.
- The CPR Institute, the world’s leading ADR think tank, positions the CPR uniquely as a thought leader, driving a global dispute resolution culture and utilising its powerful committee structure to develop cutting-edge tools, training and resources. These efforts are powered by the collective innovation of the CPR’s membership –comprising top corporations and law firms, academic and public institutions, and leading mediators and arbitrators around the world.
Each part of this unique organisation informs and enriches the whole, for the benefit of its members and users. For more information, please visit www.cpradr.org.
The CPR promulgated domestic and international administered arbitration rules respectively in 2013 and 2014. Parties that choose those rules now automatically benefit from the CPR’s decades of experience assisting parties with non-administered arbitration. For those sophisticated parties that prefer to resolve disputes without the systematic support of CPR Dispute Resolution, the original non-administered rules, as updated, continue to provide that option. Parties using the non-administered rules can select a variety of à la carte administering services.
In addition to arbitration and mediation services, other services include mock arbitrations, appointment of emergency arbitrators, fund holding, deal facilitation, early neutral evaluation, mini-trials, dispute resolution boards, appointment services and compilation of pre-qualified lists of neutrals.
Over the years, the CPR has handled more than US$1 trillion in disputes.
The fee structure
- Arbitration: the CPR’s fees are based on the amount at issue and are capped at US$12,000 for non-administered arbitration for disputes above US$100 million and US$34,000 for administered arbitration of matters above US$500 million, split among the parties. Arbitrators are free to set up their fees on a case-by-case basis but must disclose their rates up front during the selection process.
- Mediation: there is no administration fee. When the CPR assists the parties for the mediator selection, the fee is US$1,850 split among the parties.
In March 2018, the CPR released revised versions of its domestic and international non-administered arbitration rules. These rules introduced two unique innovations:
- a ‘Young Lawyer’ Rule that encourages the active participation of less experienced lawyers during hearings in an effort to support the development of the next generation of lawyers (Rule 12.5); and
- a cybersecurity provision encouraging the parties to discuss matters of cybersecurity during the initial pre-hearing conference for the planning and scheduling of the proceeding (Rule 9.3(f)).
Other developments include the addition of joinder and consolidation provisions, as well as the possibility for the CPR to intervene in case of a disagreement by the parties over the arbitrators’ compensation.
Constantly evolving to meet the changing needs of the market, the CPR also added a Cyber Panel to its 30+ subject-matter panels of neutrals (arbitrator and mediators). Neutrals on the Cyber Panel resolve disputes related to data breaches and other cybersecurity issues, including cybersecurity insurance coverage disputes. Overall, the CPR’s neutrals come from 28 different countries, speak 27 languages, and 147 of them are located outside the United States.
In 2018, the CPR continued its efforts to increase diversity in dispute resolution introducing diversity and inclusion language in its nomination letters to parties. The letters remind the parties of the lack of diversity in neutral appointments, the risk of unconscious bias and the benefits of diversity when selecting neutrals.
CPR matters can also be filed with CPR partner CEDR in London. For inquiries, email [email protected]
Noah J Hanft
President & CEO