Paul E. Mason is international counsel affiliated with Veirano Advogados in Rio de Janeiro/São Paulo, and Diaz Reus in Miami. He is also an arbitrator and mediator. He mediated his first large complex case involving $50 million in 1980 and specializes in mediating high-value international commercial cases with the ICDR, the ICC, and U.S. federal courts with parties from Western Europe, Russia, Latin America and the U.S. His full profile can be viewed at www.paulemason.info.
International commercial mediation has numerous characteristics that differentiate it from domestic mediation. As the name implies, “international” refers to a process with at least two parties from different countries. “Commercial” narrows the subject area of the process somewhat to the business relationship between the parties. Interna tional commercial mediations are often more complex with more participants than their domestic counterparts. They also often involve culture and language differences. These cases, by their very nature, tend to be lower-volume, higher-value cases than most civil mediations. This article briefly explores some of the elements that distinguish this type of mediation from its domestic counterpart.