Effective January 1, 2020, the updated WIPO Mediation Rules aim to facilitate party production of settlement agreements as may be required for enforcement purposes under the recently concluded United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation (Singapore Convention on Mediation) (Articles 18(v) and 20(b) of the updated WIPO Mediation Rules).

Mediation is meeting with new interest as a dispute resolution option not only in the context of court proceedings (as may be encouraged by applicable regulations), but also as a procedural step which the parties may agree following commencement and prior to completion of an arbitration. To clarify the availability of such options, Article 67(a) of the revised WIPO Arbitration Rules, Article 60(a) of the revised WIPO Expedited Arbitration Rules furthermore make express reference to mediation, adding to the existing settlement incentives in WIPO cases. As it is, some 33% of WIPO arbitrations and expedited arbitrations result in the settlement of the dispute prior to the tribunal’s issuance of an award.

WIPO Mediation Rules
WIPO Arbitration Rules
WIPO Expedited Arbitration Rules
WIPO Expert Determination Rules