Why choose amicable rather than judicial settlement?

1.

Better time management

Delays resulting from a backlogged justice system or the complexity of settling international disputes can fragilize a company.

2.

Specialized experts

The intervention of a highly specialized expert favors the conclusion of a win-win deal.

3.

Effective dialogue

A well-structured dialogue helps preserve a relationship that might be source of future opportunities.

Arbitration or Mediation ?

The main difference between arbitration and mediation lies in the fact that in the first case, the parties transfer the power to rule to a private judge; in the second case, the mediator frees the parties’ speech in order for them to reach a deal.

Two major consequences results from this

In arbitration, the solution depends on the applicable law. In mediation, it is determined by the will of the parties which might take into consideration many other factors, including their own commercial interests.

In arbitration, the parties have to convince the arbitral tribunal of their case’s merits. In mediation, each party voluntarily take part in finding an acceptable solution, aiming at forming a consensus.

Arbitration is a contractual procedure which consists in submitting a conflict to one or three arbitrators who rule on the conflict in the same manner a judge would. The arbitral tribunal is only formed if needed. It rules, in a neutral and impartial way, applying the rules of law and trading customs. The “arbitral award” is a definitive decision.



Mediation is a confidential and amicable dispute resolution process which aims at helping the parties to reach a negotiated solution. The mediator, a neutral and impartial body, acts as a facilitator who invites the parties to consider their respective interests in order to establish an agreement that puts an end to the dispute.




In order for companies to focus on their main purpose, we help them settle their dispute in a constructive way.


How to proceed?

By contacting the Paris International Court of Arbitration (CAIP). Committed to business and industrial operators’ success, the CAIP helps companies of every size and every nationality settle their dispute by using arbitration or mediation.

Our non-profit institution with general expertise supports businesses of every size who exercise their industrial or commercial activity either in France, in Europe, in Africa or elsewhere in the world.

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