We are encountering cultural diversity at every stage of our business and personal lives, particularly in the context of cross-border trade and investment. For the dispute resolution practitioner, it pervades all negotiations, mediations and arbitrations. Perhaps above all other players in the world economy, it is incumbent upon us, as arbitrators and mediators, to be the most sensitive to these cultural nuances, as our mission to resolve disputes can succeed or fail according to how well we can understand and accommodate them. Thus keeping this kind of diversity in mind should become automatic and all pervasive in the international dispute resolution arena.
This session seeks to explore some of the more common cultural differences encountered in international arbitration and address some of the solutions to harmonising procedure and managing expectations.
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