Mon14Jun2010Tue15Jun2010Fordham University School of Law
Fifth Annual Fordham Law School Conference on International Arbitration and Mediation
Mr. Baum joined a distinguished panel of leading international arbitrators, mediators, practitioners, and scholars to discuss contemporary issues in international arbitration and mediation. The conference was moderated by its director, Arthur W. Rovine, who is also editor of Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation: The Fordham Papers 2010. Mr. Baum contributed to this momentous work by authoring a chapter entitled “Lessons from Russian Mediators.”
At the conference and in the paper, Mr. Baum details his experience traveling to Moscow with Magistrate Judge Robert Levy – as guests of the United States government – to participate in a conference of 150 lawyers and judges from across the former Soviet Union focusing on Commercial Mediation in Russia. In addition to the conference, Mr. Baum went to Russia to comment on a proposed Mediation Bill that was pending before the Duma. Indeed, Mr. Baum submitted his comments on the Bill in advance of the trip. The Bill, in amended form, was passed by the Duma, signed by the President, and went into effect on January 1, 2011. Enactment of the Mediation Bill portends tremendous promise for the growth and development of mediation in Russia, and for the values of freedom and self-determination that the bill zealously guards and promotes.
Mr. Baum’s article on the subject can be found here: http://www.nadn.org/articles/BAUM-FordhamPapers-2010.pdf