Conference on Mediation

March 29, 1996, Geneva, Switzerland


Information on Speakers



Sheikh Salah Al-Hejailan, a national of Saudi Arabia, is the founder and principal of the Law Firm of Salah Al-Hejailan, which has offices in Riyadh and Jeddah. He holds a law degree from the University of Cairo and a Master of International Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Sheikh Salah Al-Hejailan served as a legal adviser to the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 1962 to 1973, during which time he participated in the review, drafting and promulgation of numerous governmental regulations and Royal Decrees and served on various governmental committees and commissions including the disciplinary panel of the Board of Grievances.

Sheikh Salah Al-Hejailan serves as Chair of the Higher Board of Arbitration of the Euro-Arab Arbitration System and is a Director of the Cairo Regional Center for Commercial Arbitration, a member of the Arbitration Council of the Arab-Swiss Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Arab Arbitration Group of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce.



Dr. Badinter, a national of France, is Senator for the Department of Hauts-de-Seine in the French Parliament, Professor of Law at the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and President of the Court of Conciliation and Arbitration of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Having practiced as a Barrister, Dr. Badinter was, from 1981 to 1986, Minister for Justice in France, and, from 1986 to 1995, President of the Constitutional Council of France.

Dr. Badinter holds a doctorate from the University of Paris and a Master of Arts from Columbia University in New York. He is the author of four books (L’Exécution; Liberté, Libertés; Libres et Egaux ... L’Emancipation des Juifs 1789-1791; La prison Républicaine), co-author with Elisabeth Badinter of a further book (Condorcet, un intellectuel en politique) and the author of a play (C.3.3 - Oscar Wilde ou l’injustice).



Mr. Bondy, a national of the United Kingdom, is Legal Counsel to SmithKline Beecham Plc, a global healthcare company. He is a member of the Bars of England and Wales and of California.

After graduating from Cambridge University in 1983, Mr. Bondy spent a year as a Harkness Fellow in jurisprudence at Harvard University. He returned to England to qualify at the English Bar and then in 1988-89 held a teaching fellowship at Stanford Law School. From 1989 to 1995 Mr. Bondy worked in the San Francisco and London offices of United States law firm Morrison & Foerster and the London office of United Kingdom law firm Lovell White Durrant. He joined SmithKline Beecham in 1995, where he is engaged in corporate transactions and dispute resolution.



Mr. Finkelstein, a national of the United States of America, is Vice President and Intellectual Property Counsel of PepsiCo, Inc., Purchase, New York, whose divisions and subsidiaries include Pepsi-Cola, Frito-Lay, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken and their respective worldwide businesses.

Mr. Finkelstein, was President of the International (then United States) Trademark Association (INTA) from 1985 to 1986. He has been on the INTA Board of Directors since 1980 and has held numerous committee positions, including Chair of the Management Committee, as well as serving as INTA Treasurer and Vice President. Most recently, he has chaired the INTA Task Force on Alternative Dispute Resolution which created and established the CPR/INTA ADR Program.

Mr. Finkelstein served for six years as a Governing Committee member of the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising Law and has been active on numerous ABA committees within the Patent, Trademark and Copyright Section, including Chair of the Franchising Committee, as well as within the International Franchise Association.

Mr. Finkelstein was a principal initiator of, and spokesman for, the 1988 United States Trademark Law Revision Act, the most significant revision of the Lanham Act in over forty years. He served as a member of the Department of Commerce’s Public Advisory Committee for Trademark Affairs form 1979 to 1992.

A frequent lecturer on trademark and franchising law matters, he did his undergraduate work at the University of Virginia, obtaining a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a LL.M. in Trade Regulation from New York University School of Law.



Professor Goldberg, a national of the United States of America, is Professor of Law at Northwestern University Law School in Chicago and President of Mediation Research & Education Project, Inc.

Professor Goldberg has acted as arbitrator and as mediator in a wide range of disputes and was the co-designer of the Plan of Allocation of the Drexel Burnham Lambert SEC Civil Disgorgement Fund, as well as the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) Representative and co-designer of the Plan of Allocation of the Michael Milken Global Settlement.

Professor Goldberg holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and a law degree from Harvard Law School. He is the co-author of three books: Dispute Resolution (with Frank E.A. Sander and Nancy Rogers), Getting Disputes Resolved: Designing Systems to Cut the Costs of Conflict (with Jeanne M. Brett and William L. Ury) and Union Representation Elections: Law and Reality (with Jeanne B. Herman and Julius G. Getman), as well as the author of numerous articles.



Mr. Gurry, a national of Australia, is Director of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center.

Mr. Gurry holds law degrees from the University of Melbourne and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is a Vice President of the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI).

Before joining WIPO in 1985, Mr. Gurry practiced as an attorney in Melbourne and Sydney and also taught law at the University of Melbourne. At WIPO he has held positions in the Development Cooperation and External Relations Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, the Industrial Property Division, the Office of the Director General and the Office of a Deputy Director General.

Mr. Gurry is the author of a textbook on the law of trade secrets and confidential information, entitled Breach of Confidence, published by Oxford University Press in the United Kingdom in 1984 and re-printed in 1991.



Dr. Kemicha, a national of France and Tunisia, is a barrister practising in Paris, specializing in international mediation and arbitration.

Dr. Kemicha is a member of the Council of the Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Law of the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London, was formerly Secretary-General of the Arbitration System of the Euro-Arab Chambers of Commerce in Paris and is Founder and Secretary General of the Euro-Arab Forum for Arbitration and Business Law in Paris.

Dr. Kemicha is the General Editor of three volumes on Euro-Arab Arbitration in which are collected the proceedings of three Euro-Arab Arbitration Congresses.



Professor Mackie, a national of the United Kingdom, is the founding Chief Executive of CEDR (Centre for Dispute Resolution) in London, Honorary Professor in Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Faculty of Law of University of Birmingham, and Director of Studies for Negotiation and Management Skills programmes for the Commerce and Industry Group of the Law Society of England & Wales. A barrister and psychologist by training, Professor Mackie is a mediator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Professor Mackie is author of Lawyers in Business and the Law Business (Macmillan, 1988), and The ADR Route Map (CEDR 1991), editor of A Handbook of Dispute Resolution: ADR in Action (Routledge/Sweet and Maxwell 1991) and co-author of Commercial Dispute Resolution: An ADR Practice Guide (Butterworths, 1995).

Professor Mackie has acted as mediator in leading UK and international CEDR cases and also serves as a mediator and arbitrator for ACAS, the statutory UK industrial relations service. He has been extensively involved in training programmes for mediators.



Mr. Plant, a national of the United States of America, is senior partner in the law firm of Fish & Neave in New York City, where he has practiced since 1957.

Mr. Plant holds degrees in engineering and law from Cornell University. He is a member of the bars of New York, the United States Supreme Court, various United States federal courts and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Mr. Plant’s practice has focussed on trials and appeals in federal courts, proceedings before the International Trade Commission (ITC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and various ADR processes. He has served as managing partner of Fish & Neave, chair and director of various professional committees and organizations, including chair of the ADR Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), and on various ADR panels in both court-annexed and voluntary procedures in the United States of America and in Europe. Most recently, he has acted as mediator of intellectual property disputes and as arbitrator in arbitrations of technology and intellectual property disputes administered by the International Chamber of Commerce, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and the American Arbitration Association.

Mr. Plant has written and spoken on ADR in the United States of America, Europe and Japan. He has also been active with Cornell University and in community projects.



Ms. Shaw, a national of the United States of America, is a Principal of Wittenberg, Mackenzie & Shaw and Adjunct Professor at New York University School of Law. A former civil litigator, Ms. Shaw has maintained an active mediation practice since 1979. She has extensive experience mediating and facilitating a wide variety of disputes in business, legal, technical, interpersonal and public policy contexts, including employment, contract, construction, insurance, personal injury and public policy disputes. She is a member of the CPR Institute of Dispute Resolution Panel of Distinguished Neutrals and serves as a court-appointed mediator in the Southern District of New York.

As a specialist in dispute resolution, Ms. Shaw has worked with over two dozen State and federal courts in the United States of America to design and implement ADR programs, and has trained thousands of professionals, students and volunteers in both mediation and negotiation skills. She serves as Co-Chair of the New York State Court ADR Project, is a member of the Board of the National Institute for Dispute Resolution, a member of the Council of the American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution, and a member of the Commission on Qualifications of the Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR). Ms. Shaw is a graduate of New York University School of Law.



Professor Tang, a national of China, is Vice Chairman of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and Vice Chairman of the Beijing Conciliation Centre.

A graduate of Peking University and a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Professor Tang is a Professor in the School of Law of the People’s University of China.

Professor Tang’s extensive experience in international commercial dispute resolution also includes service as advisor to the China International Law Society and the China Private International Law Society, a member of the Executive Committee of the China Maritime Law Association, the Council of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).


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