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SCLA-GIDI International Accredited Professional Mediator Leadership Training

In our fast-paced, globalized world the demand for a diverse range of robust dispute resolution frameworks has never been more urgent. Mediation, arbitration, and litigation guarantee transnational economic and trade activities and maintain a healthy international commercial order. To this end, the Singapore Convention now provides a new basis for cross-border enforcement of mediation agreements. Alongside the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, the Convention on Choice of Court Agreements, the Singapore Convention marks the formation of an international dispute resolution enforcement framework, including mediation, arbitration, and judgments. Anyone involved in alternative dispute resolution will have seen this field reinvigorate the Chinese business.

The Chengdu Lawyers Association has invited the Swiss Chinese Law Association (SCLA) and the Geneva International Dispute Resolution Institute (GIDI) to run the SCLA-GIDI International Accredited Professional Mediator Leadership Training Course from 15 November to 31 December 2022. This program will provide over 50 partners and senior partners of the Chengdu Lawyers Association with international accredited mediator training based on EU standards.

[SCLA WEEKLY SEMINAR]Direct Democracy and Foreign Policy in Switzerland

[SCLA WEEKLY SEMINAR]Direct Democracy and Foreign Policy in Switzerland

Former Judge of the Geneva Court of Appeal- Eric W. Fiechter.

Switzerland is small, but it is not one country but a collection of 19 countries that have become 26 states united under one constitution, following civil wars, with the latest state being created in 1979 and which is due to be finally settled this year by a final vote. 

Distrust against the government and the parliament and yet stability: no right to repeal judges or members of government once elected for a fixed term or 4,5 or 6 years. But once the term is over, there is no guarantee of re-election. Members of the government and judges have not been re-elected.12 years in power is considered enough, but not by law.

Each state-big or small, rich of poor, with many inhabitants or as few as just a few thousand-has the same rights and must consent to any amendment to the federal constitution. All powers rest with the states unless they have been delegated to the federal government. Today, more and more delegation but the principles remain.

The legislative and the executive branch of government were not trusted to act in line with the people's will. So, imitating some of the US states, like California, which has more voters than France, progressively one Swiss state after the other introduced the right for the people to ask a vote on an amendment to the federal constitution and the right to object to any law passed by the parliament.

This Seminar will provide an insight in understanding the culture and politics in shaping the current legal system.

You will be able to login the system and see the ZOOM link in the course directory, and the videos of the seminar and readings will be available soon after the event.

The 2nd SCLA MET Training program

SCLA Mediation Training Programs introduces the core principles and methods of alternative dispute resolution. The training programs provide a strong foundation in mediation skills through lecture, small group exercises, and role-playing, and is rich in both theory and practice.


The 2nd SCLA MET Training program is designed for both novice and experienced mediators. The program is designed for a small group training to practise, where the delegates will be trained by involving in a real case practise in the international mediation through practice. The experienced trainers will provide in-hand guidance for the participants during the practice. 

Through the 3 hours online training program, together with the independent study, the participants are expected to have an enhanced understanding of: 

- Conflict and problem-solving strategies;

- Mediation styles and approaches across different cultures.

The participants who successfully completed the exam will receive a certificate.

When registering through SCLA Academy, you will not only obtain lifetime access to the forum and all the documents but also you will be enjoying a journey of relationship building, as you will have access to all the contact of the speakers, panellists as well as all the participants. You are invited to a lifelong interest group and community to stay connected. You are more than welcome to send emails through the academy to those colleagues anytime and anywhere.

SCLA Global Forum on Routes to Enforcement of Mediation Settlements

Routes to Enforcement of Mediation Settlement


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The explosive growth of mediation shows that the public, when aware, will often choose a non-adversarial option and will likely receive better results in the end. If, as Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams,” we in the mediation community have much to look forward to. The 14th SCLA Global Forum - Routes to enforcement of mediation settlements is the among the best platforms to address the future of mediation in this regard.

The 14th SCLA Global Forum will focus on the 3 most eminent challenges on the enforcement issue, namely:

  • Enforcement schemes across different jurisdictions;
  • Med-Arb (Converting settlement agreements into consent awards) as a wave of the future enforcement in mediation?
  • Challenges Facing the Singapore Convention on Mediation;

SCLA Global Forum is a monthly event bringing the diverse leading experts such as law ministries, legal academia, judiciary, arbitrators, mediators, law firms, in-house counsels, law students, policymakers and legal technology companies along with the non-legal professionals and businesses to redefine the future of the global legal industry. Through promoting open and honest communication, the forum inspires cross-cultural understanding and professional collaborations.

When registering through SCLA Academy, you will not only obtain lifetime access to the forum and all the documents but also you will be enjoying a journey of relationship building, as you will have access to all the contact of the speakers, panelists as well as all the participants. You are invited to a lifelong interest group and community to stay connect. You are more than welcome to send emails through the academy to those colleagues anytime and anywhere.

Seminar with Peter Alfandary -Cultural Intelligence as a Critical Legal SkillSeminar with Peter Alfandary -Cultural Intelligence as a Critical Legal Skill


Lecturer: Peter Alfandary

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" Why do I say law as a relationship business? Why cross-cultural communication skills are a key part of true excellence for lawyers?How the importance of understanding other cultures and also being aware of how one’s own culture is perceived so as to improve cross? How to improve cultural understanding? I am glad to have a talk, workshop, and a journey with you to discuss the common misunderstandings in cross cultural legal communications-including communication styles, time management, trust building and face saving, hierarchy and decision making processes, and the most important-the use of the Cultural Audit as a legal tool." - Peter Alfandary

The seminar will provide in-depth understanding of:

  1. What is the preferred style of communication of the parties? Is it direct or indirect, formal or informal; emotional or non-emotional, confrontational or accommodating; are interruptions part of normal conversation or does each participant in a meeting speak in turn; is this  a culture where it is necessary to “decode” language in order to understand its true meaning.
  2. How to the parties manage time? Is time managed strictly or is time fluid; in some cultures, time is thought of as highly linear. Meeting times are rigorously adhered to and interruptions are disliked. People concentrate on one activity or relationship at a time and deadlines are observed. In other cultures, however, time can be viewed differently and may be seen as more of a guideline than a rule. People may well multi-task and can focus simultaneously on multiple relationships. If new circumstances arise, timetables and deadlines may well change, without incident.
  3. What is the dominant style of reasoning and decision-making process?  Some cultures, the UK and the US for example, will have a tendency towards a pragmatic, fact-led reasoning process rooted in a more inductive way of reasoning and influenced in their history by empirical philosophy. The common law legal system, which developed out of case law, is a prime example of inductive reasoning. In contrast, other cultures – indeed many European ones – may approach a problem in a theory, or principle, led way where the reasoning process is highly analytical and needs to go through a series of logical steps in order to reach a sustainable conclusion. This deductive approach to reasoning finds its origins in the philosophical writings of, say, Descartes and the civil law system, with codification as its basis, reflects this differing approach. Finally, a further question that will require examination is whether thinking itself (and also the approach to a problem or to a decision) takes a more linear route or is it more circular or “holistic” one, as may be is often the case in China (Zhengti Guannian)
  4. What is the role and importance of hierarchy, status and seniority in a particular culture and society? In Chinese culture, for example, this may include “social status” (Shehui Dengii). Generally, lawyers need to consider how, in all cultures, hierarchy and similar factors affect behaviour, decision making, the conduct of the lawyer-client relations and of negotiations.
  5. How is trust built and is a culture primarily contract/deal or relationship led?  Is the aim of a negotiation the start of a long-term relationship or is its aim mainly the signing of a written contract; is gaining personal and individual trust a prerequisite for durable and meaningful relationships (between client and lawyer and between the parties to a deal) and how will all of this affect the time spent on social interaction (where pure business will not be discussed) as an integral part of getting  business done.

SCLA Dialogue with Richard Thurston

SCLA is  pleased to announce the 1st SCLA Dialogue Event

Topic: SCLA Dialogue- Richard Thurston (Former Senior Vice President of TSMC)
Commentators: Xiaobing Tang (Senior Counselor of the World Trade Organization)、Hermann Knott (Partner at KUNZ Law Firm Germany)

The participants registered through the SCLA ACADEMY will be accordingly joined a group of colleagues, that will be able to :

  • Continuously Know and meet other participants
  • To access the information including the ZOOM Link for the event, and continuously access the documents shared by the speakers and participants. 

Speaker: Hermann Knott

International Law Firm Management and Leadership Training Program

SCLA·NDC is delighted to host its International Law Firm Management Leadership Training Program in February 2022. This online training program will consist of 4 half-day training sessions (one of which is the SCLA Global Forum). All sessions are conducted by experienced experts in the field.

This program is aimed at legal leaders who want to become more effective at directing and supporting others in achieving better legal management. It will benefit anyone who manages legal employees — regardless of industry or company size — or who wants to help foster a better working environment and a more resilient organization on the road towards becoming an international or global enterprise.

The expected outcome of the program is to make international legal leaders acquainted with one another. Mid- to senior-level leaders will learn new approaches to maximize their impact on individuals, teams, and, in turn, overall performance. Managing partners, legal experts, specialists, strategists, consultants, and aspiring leaders will learn how to prepare for the challenges of international legal collaboration in a more globalized, uncertain, and complex legal landscape.

The following key elements for prosperous growth of a legal service institute will be explored in this training session: the potential for successful and sustainable relationship with external law firms; a law firm’s internal profit-sharing mechanisms; building a law firm from strength to strength on a solid foundation; external collaboration mechanisms for law firms and enterprises.

Therefore, this program is intended to train not only law firm management partners but future legal leaders too. It will let them build an extensive network by sharing cultural differences and commonalities. At the end of the training program, a private and exclusive session will be offered for the participants. During the session, attendees who represent law firms will be encouraged to get to know other participants and create a plan for collaboration.

All sessions will be recorded, and participants will be offered exclusive, lifetime access to the SCLA academy system.

International Tax Strategy and Leadership Seminar

The future of taxation have been shaping by the evolution and integration of disruptive forces: the value chain is disintermediating, trade protectionism and anti-globalization trends are rising, the competitive landscape is changing, new technologies are emerging, taxation models are evolving, open data is increasing, ecological partnerships and national alliances are forming, and international regulatory reforms are also accelerating.

The haze of Covid-19 will be gradually fading, enterprises are still facing challenges from the development of internationalism. Nowadays, whether we are doing business in a single country or cross-border, the tax implications involved are becoming increasingly complex and far-reaching.

The Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Action Plan proposed by the OECD provides us with exceptional opportunities to solve some fundamental problems: How can we make taxation the most effective in this globalized digital economic era? How should enterprises respond the impact of internationalized taxation? How CFOs lead enterprises to break through the dilemmas when formulating and implement business strategies?

At International Tax Strategy and Leadership Seminar, it will all be answered...