The International Centre for Dispute Resolution® (ICDR) of the American Arbitration Association® (AAA®) has completed a comprehensive year-long review of the ICDR Dispute Resolution Procedures (including the Mediation and Arbitration Rules) and issued a revised set of rules, effective March 1, 2021. The arbitration rules were last revised in 2014 and 2021 marks the first revision of the mediation rules since 2008. These revised rules are the culmination of the combined efforts of the ICDR management and administrative teams and an ICDR Committee comprised of arbitration and mediation practitioners from across the globe.1 Together, they reviewed and recommended a variety of additions and revisions designed to meet the ever-changing dispute resolution landscape, including the rise of third-party funding, the duty to discuss cybersecurity, privacy and data protection in both mediation and arbitration proceedings, the delegation of arbitrability, the enactment of the Singapore Convention, and the omnipresent specter of COVID-19 with the concomitant use of video communications. The ICDR also sought feedback and comments from the ICDR Publications Committee and the users of the ICDR Rules who attended the ICDR Americas Conference.
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