MEDIATION

Mediation as a negotiated dispute resolution process

WHAT IS MEDIATION

Mediation is familiar to most people as a means of resolving family and labor management disputes, but it also has been used to settle contract, interpersonal, human resource, and commercial conflicts. Mediation involves the intervention of an independent, impartial third person, or mediator, into a dispute to assist the parties in negotiating jointly acceptable resolutions of issues at stake. The mediator facilitates communication and negotiation but does not impose a decision on the parties involved. 

AMCA stands ready to help you to find common ground and reach a resolution that satisfies the parties involved. We are able to deal with all your mediation requirements both online and in person.

WHY CHOOSE MEDIATION?

Choosing mediation as a dispute resolution method can offer several advantages, depending on the nature of the conflict and the preferences of the parties involved. However, the following are the common reasons why people might choose mediation:

 

Voluntary Process: Mediation is typically a voluntary process, meaning that all parties involved must agree to participate. This voluntary aspect often leads to increased commitment and cooperation during the resolution process.

 

Empowerment and Control: In mediation, parties have more control over the process and outcome compared to other dispute resolution methods like litigation. They actively participate in the decision-making process and have the opportunity to craft solutions that are mutually acceptable. The role of the mediator is to guide the process and facilitate effective negotiations between the parties, while the responsibility of the outcome is fully in the parties’ hands.

 

Confidentiality:Privacy is paramount. Mediation is a confidential process. Discussions that occur during mediation are not disclosed to third parties. This confidentiality encourages open communication and allows participants to explore creative solutions without fear of negative consequences.

 

Preservation of Relationships: Mediation focuses on finding solutions that address the underlying interests and needs of the parties rather than determining who is right or wrong. It adopts a win-win approach, which is realistic, if negotiating on interests, not on positions. This helps preserve relationships, making it especially useful in family disputes, workplace conflicts, and other situations where ongoing relationships are important.

 

Cost-Effective: Mediation is often more cost-effective than litigation. It typically involves fewer formalities, legal fees, and court expenses. The parties share the cost of the mediator, making it a more affordable option for dispute resolution. By minimizing expenses, it allows parties to allocate resources towards their future, rather than being spent on legal battles.
Speed and Efficiency: Mediation is also a quicker process compared to litigation, which can be a lengthy and time-consuming ordeal. The parties can schedule mediation sessions at their convenience and work toward a resolution at a pace that suits them.

 

Flexibility and Creativity: Mediation allows for flexible and creative solutions that may not be available through other dispute resolution methods. Parties explore a wide range of options and tailor solutions to meet their specific needs and interests.

 

High Success Rates: Mediation often has high success rates in reaching agreements acceptable to all parties. The collaborative nature of the process and the focus on understanding each other’s perspectives contribute to positive outcomes.

 

It is important to note that while mediation has many benefits, it may not be suitable for all disputes. Many factors such as the conflict’s nature, the parties involved, and their willingness to engage in the process can lead to the choice of other dispute resolution methods, such as arbitration (hyperlink to arbitration section).

THE MEDIATION PROCESS

Mediation is a structured and facilitated process designed to assist parties in resolving
conflicts or disputes through open communication and negotiation. The primary goal of
mediation is to promote understanding, find common ground, and reach a mutually
acceptable agreement without resorting to formal litigation. This process is guided by a
neutral third party, known as the mediator, who facilitates communication and assists the
parties in exploring potential solutions.

The mediation process typically involves several key stages:

 

🔷 Mediator’s Opening Statement
The mediator(s) introduces themselves and outlines the mediation process, explaining
the role of mediator, parties, their representatives, etc., rules of the procedure,
confidentiality and voluntary principles. The purpose is to set stone, put parties at ease
and manage expectations of the latter.


🔷 Parties’ Opening Statements
Each party is given the opportunity to present themselves and their representatives,
make an opening statement, expressing their perspective on the issues.


🔷 Summary and Agenda Setting
Mediator reiterates stated information, if necessary re-framing it in neutral
manner/language. Afterwards the agenda for the process is agreed focusing on issues
to resolve dispute, parties’ participation and find common ground for them.


🔷 Exploration of Issues (Private Session with Parties)
The mediator helps identify the key issues and gathers relevant information. Both
parties have the chance to present their viewpoints, share concerns, and provide
additional details. The purpose is to understand true nature of problem, determine real
interests and needs, identify what really matters.
During the exploration both joint and individual session or the mixture of the latter
may be used. The joint session encourages direct communication, allowing each party
to express their needs, interests, and priorities in front of each other. While the
private/breakout sessions allow parties to reflect on position, discussion of
confidential information, deeper exploration of issues & options, reality testing and
consider alternatives (BATNA/WATNA), diffuse strong emotions, preparation/primer
for direct negotiations, trust in mediator


🔷 Negotiation
The mediator assists the parties in brainstorming and evaluating potential solutions.
The focus is on finding common ground and crafting agreements that address the
underlying issues. This is the phase to make proposals to other party and explore any
possible options for mutual gain, addressing all parties’ interests.

 

🔷 Settlement and Agreement
Once the parties reach a mutually acceptable agreement, the mediator helps formalize
the terms. The agreement is often put in writing and signed by the parties, creating a
legally binding document.


🔷 Follow Up
In some cases, the mediator may follow up to ensure the implementation of the
agreement. Follow-up sessions or mechanisms can be established to address any
future concerns.

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When drafting the Request for Mediation you should be guided by the Article 5 of the Mediation Rules of AMCA, and by the Article 6 of the Rules for drafting the Inquiry for Mediation.

MEDIATION COSTS AND FEES

  1. Costs related to mediation include:
    • Mediation administrative fee,
    • Mediator(s)’s fee,
    • Costs of the involved expert, specialist or any other costs required for the effective conduction of mediation process.
  2. For each mediation case, the Secretary General prepares a mediation budget, calculating all costs and fees for the mediation.
  3. The following amounts serve as a guideline for the calculation of costs and fees related to mediation
    • Mediation administrative fee – AMD 70,000 (including taxes and other mandatory fees defined by law);
    • Mediator(s)’s fee – AMD 150,000 for a mediation lasting up to four hours (excluding taxes and other mandatory fees defined by law), after which hourly rate of AMD 50,000 shall apply (excluding taxes and other mandatory fees defined by law). Calculations are done on an hourly basis.
    • Other costs incurred for the effective implementation of the mediation process are calculated and approved with the parties to the mediation as needed.

    These amounts are subject to change, taking into account the nature, complexity and other relevant circumstances of the mediation case.

  4. The mediation budget is presented to the parties to the mediation. After receiving the mediation budget, the parties to the mediation shall pay the full amount specified in the budget within three days or submit their objections to the estimate. Failure to pay the amount within the specified period shall mean a renunciation of the mediation case.
  5. Regarding the costs incurred during the mediation case, which have not been included in the mediation budget, the Secretariat submits a new bill for the consideration and payment by the parties to mediation, as needed.
  6. The mediation administrative fee is non-refundable, unless the Secretariat decides otherwise, taking into account the exceptional circumstances of the case.
  7. In case of withdrawal or in other case of failure of mediation, the mediator’s fee shall be returned, offsetting the actual work performed by the mediator according to the established hourly rate.

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Article 1. Arbitration and Mediation Center of Armenia
  1. The “ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION CENTER OF ARMENIA” Foundation (“AMCA”) is a non-profit organization established by the “Center for Legislation Development” Foundation, the Armenian Bar Association and the Armenian General Benevolent Union. The structure, functions and authorities of the AMCA’s bodies are defined by the Charter of the AMCA.
  2. Within the scope of these Mediation Rules, AMCA acts as a permanent mediation institution registered in the registry of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia in accordance with the “Law on Mediation”, which has published Mediation Rules (“the Rules”) and a list of mediators.
  3. The AMCA itself does not resolve disputes; it administers mediation cases. Mediation is carried out by the mediators appointed by the AMCA, who resolve the disputes in accordance with the Rules.
  4. The AMCA’s staff acts as a Secretariat, ensuring the implementation of the functions of the secretariat for the mediation processes.
  5. The AMCA’s Director acts as the Secretary General within the framework of the Rules. The Secretary General organizes and manages the work of the Secretariat in accordance with the Rules, the Charter of the AMCA and other legal acts adopted by the AMCA.
  1. The Rules have been approved by the Board of Trustees in accordance with the Charter of the AMCA and apply to all mediation processes managed by the AMCA.
  2. Before or after the appointment of the mediator by the AMCA, the parties may, with the mediator’s consent, reach an agreement on a procedure not provided for by the Rules or on another procedure that differs from the provided rules. Each procedural change is subject to approval by the Secretariat.
  3. In the case provided by part 2 of this article, the AMCA may refuse to administer the mediation process if it finds that the procedural change does not correspond to the spirit of the Rules.
  4. Each mediation case should be managed under the mediation rules in effect at the time of submission of the mediation request, unless otherwise agreed by the parties.
  5. In any matter not directly regulated by these Rules, the mediator and the Center shall act in accordance with the spirit of the Rules.
  1. The definitions used in these Rules have the following meanings:

Mediation – a process, agreed by the parties and aimed at amicably resolving the dispute between the parties with the help of an impartial third person, a mediator,

Mandatory mediation – pretrial mediation in the cases provided for by law, or court-appointed mediation, 

Mediator – an independent, impartial, natural person with no interest in the outcome of the case, who has obtained qualification of a licensed mediator in accordance with the established procedure and is appointed by the AMCA to conduct mediation in order to amicably settle the dispute between the parties,

A permanent mediation institution – a legal entity that provides mediation services on a permanent basis,

Parties to mediation – natural and or legal person(s) with a dispute,

Mediation case manager – an employee of the AMCA who is responsible for managing mediation cases,

Secretariat – staff member(s) of the AMCA, including the Mediation Case Manager, who carry out the secretariat of mediation cases,

Request – in the case of a prior mediation agreement between the parties, an application to start a mediation process together with the required documents,

Inquiry – in the absence of a prior mediation agreement between the parties, an application to start the conciliation process, together with the necessary attached documents,

Mediation agreement – an agreement reached between the parties regarding a particular legal relationship, whether contractual or non-contractual, to resolve their dispute through mediation,

Settlement agreement – a document concluded in writing as a result of mediation, which prescribes the mutually agreed terms of the settlement of the dispute between the parties to mediation.

Article 4. Initiation of Mediation
  1. Mediation at the AMCA can be initiated both in the case of the existence of a prior mediation agreement between the parties to refer the dispute to the AMCA, and in the absence of such an agreement.
  2. If there is a prior mediation agreement between the parties to settle the dispute through mediation at the AMCA, the mediation process is initiated upon the submission of a written request to the AMCA by the parties or at least one of the parties.
  3. In the absence of a prior mediation agreement between the parties to resolve the dispute by mediation at the AMCA, the parties or at least one of the parties may propose to submit the dispute to the AMCA by sending a written inquiry to the AMCA.
  4. In the cases of mandatory pretrial mediation provided for by law, mediation may be initiated at the AMCA in accordance with the procedure prescribed by part 3 of this article.
  5. In the case of mediation appointed by the court, mediation is initiated at the AMCA based on the court’s decision to appoint mediation.

In the case of a prior mediation agreement between the parties on referring their dispute to the AMCA, the moment of submission of a written request for mediation to the AMCA by the parties or at least one of the parties is deemed to be the beginning of mediation at the AMCA. The request should include:

  1. information about the parties to the dispute: full names, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and any other contact information of the parties, as well as information about any person(s) representing the parties,
  2. description of the dispute, (if possible, also the estimation of the monetary value of the subject of the dispute),
  3. information about resorting to settlement procedure(s) other than mediation for the resolution of the dispute or possible agreement on resorting to them,
  4. a copy of the contract or written agreement, which stipulates the consent of the parties on referring their dispute to the AMCA.
  5. evidence on sending the offer to mediate to all the other parties, except for the cases where the request is submitted jointly by all parties.

The request may also include:

  1. any agreement on the timelines for conducting the mediation, or in the absence thereof, a proposal on it,
  2. any agreement on the language(s) of the mediation, or, in the absence thereof, a proposal for such language(s);
  3. agreement on the place and format of the meetings, or in the absence thereof, a proposal on them,
  4. nomination of a mediator jointly chosen by all parties or a proposal on the requirements for the mediator to be appointed by the AMCA


Within three days after receiving the request, the Secretariat notifies in writing the parties, confirming the receipt of the request and providing them with the mediation budget and other required documents. If the request lacks any information prescribed by the part 1 of this article, the Secretariat informs about it in writing the party or parties submitting the request within three days, asking them to rectify or fill in the missing information. Within three days after completing the request, the Secretariat notifies in writing the parties, confirming the receipt of the request and providing them with the mediation budget and other required documents.

  1. In the absence of a mediation agreement between the parties to refer their dispute to the AMCA, any person who wishes to propose to the other party to refer the dispute to the AMCA may do so by sending a written inquiry to the AMCA containing the information mentioned in part 1(1)-1(3) of the Article 5. Upon receipt of such an inquiry, the Secretariat shall notify about the proposal all the other parties in writing within three days and if necessary, assist the parties in considering the proposal by providing relevant information regarding mediation.
  2. In the event that the parties reach an agreement to refer their dispute to the AMCA, the starting date of the mediation at the AMCA shall be considered the day when the Secretariat sends a written confirmation to the parties that such an agreement has been reached, simultaneously providing the mediation budget and other required documents.
  3. In the case where the parties do not reach an agreement on referring their dispute to the AMCA within one month of receiving the inquiry, the mediation process does not commence. 
  1. In the case of mandatory pretrial mediation provided for by law, the procedure defined by Article 5 or Article 6 of these Rules shall be applied, subject to the existence of a mediation agreement between the parties.
  2. In the case of mediation appointed by the court, the date of receipt of the court’s decision to appoint mediation is deemed to be the commencement of mediation at the AMCA. After receiving the court’s decision, the Secretariat provides the parties with the mediation budget and other required documents within three days.

Fees and costs, as well as the terms and procedure for the payments related to mediation are defined in the Appendix to these Rules. The parties to the mediation shall bear the expenses related to the mediation equally, unless otherwise provided for by law or agreed by the parties.

Article 9. Selection and Appointment of the Mediator
  1. The parties to mediation may nominate a mutually acceptable mediator for the AMCA’s approval, indicating about that in their written request or inquiry for mediation.
  2. In case of no nomination of a joint candidate for mediator, the AMCA, taking into account the parties’ proposals on the requirements for the mediator indicated in the written request or inquiry for mediation, presents to the parties a list of potential mediator for the given case, which is provided to the parties together with the receipt provided for in Article 5, part 3 or Article 6, part 3 of these Rules.
  3. After receiving the list mentioned in the part 2 of this article, the parties to mediation shall nominate a mutually acceptable mediator(s) from the list within three days for the approval of the AMCA. 
  4. After receiving the nomination for the mediator(s) by the parties within the specified period, the AMCA adopts a decision on approval or rejection of the mediator(s)’s candidacy within two days. In the case of not receiving a nomination of a candidate within the specified period, the selection and appointment of the mediator is made by the AMCA within two days after the expiration of the specified period.
  5. When approving or appointing a mediator, the AMCA takes into account the prospective mediator’s qualities, including the knowledge of language(s), experience and qualifications, as well as the mediator’s workload and ability to conduct mediation in accordance with the Rules. 
  6. The AMCA rejects the approval of the mediators(s)’s candidacy, if there are reasonable doubts about the impartiality, objectivity, independence of the nominated candidate or any other reasonable obstacle to the conduction of mediation in the given case. When rejecting the approval of the mediator(s)’s candidacy nominated by the parties to mediation, the AMCA shall propose other mediator(s)’s candidacy to the parties.
  7. The AMCA, as a rule, proposes and appoints a mediator from the mediators included in its list of mediators.
  8. If any party to the mediation objects to the mediator appointed by the AMCA for mediation in the given case and notifies the AMCA and the other party(ies) of the objection in writing, stating the valid reasons for the objection, the AMCA shall appoint a new mediator as soon as possible after receiving the said notification.
  9. In the event that a mediator is not appointed, the Secretary General adopts a decision to discontinue the mediation process.
  1. Before appointment or approval, the prospective mediator for the given case submits a statement about his/her availability, impartiality and independence regarding the case. The prospective mediator for the given case shall disclose in the written statement to the AMCA any facts or circumstances that may call into question the mediator’s independence and impartiality. In the event of such circumstances, the AMCA provides this information in writing to the parties and sets a deadline for their comments.
  2. In case of revealing reasonable doubts about the independence or impartiality of the prospective mediator for the given case, and in the absence of a written agreement of the parties to mediation to disregard those circumstances, the AMCA shall elect a new mediator in line with the procedure prescribed by Article 9 of these Rules.
  3. In the absence of reasonable doubts about the independence or impartiality of the prospective mediator for the given case, or in the existence of a written agreement of the parties to the mediation to disregard those circumstances, the AMCA appoints the given person as the mediator for the case.
  4. The mediator appointed by the AMCA is obliged to conduct mediation in accordance with these Rules, complying with the requirements established by the legislation and the internal legal acts of the AMCA and the Code of conduct of mediator.
  1. A mediator is appointed for each case of mediation, unless otherwise agreed by the parties.
  2. Given the nature of the mediation case, the parties to mediation or the AMCA with the agreement of the parties may propose a co-mediation appointing more than one mediator. Each mediator for the co-mediation is appointed in accordance with the procedure defined in Article 9 of these Rules.
  1. In the case of the death of the mediator appointed for the mediation case, the impossibility of fulfilling his/her duties, or in the case of emergence of grounds that raise reasonable doubts about the mediator’s independence or impartiality during the mediation, and in the absence of a written agreement of the parties to disregard those grounds , as well as in the event of other cases of impossibility of carrying out further mediation by a mediator or a co-mediator, in case of a co-mediation, the AMCA shall replace the mediator or one of the mediators by appointing a new mediator in accordance with the procedure defined by Article 9 of these Rules.
  2. The newly appointed mediator, after listening to the parties, decides on recommencement or continuation of the mediation process.
  3. In case of impossibility of replacing the mediator, the Secretary General adopts a decision on the impossibility of continuing the mediation process and the discontinuation of the case.
  1. The parties to the mediation can participate in the mediation both on their own and together with their representatives. 
  2. The parties to the mediation shall act in good faith throughout the mediation and cooperate with the mediator and each other, thus contributing to the quick and efficient conduct of the mediation.

In order to effectively conduct the mediation, the mediator, on his own initiative or upon the initiative of the parties to the mediation, and after receiving the consent of the parties to mediation, may also engage in the mediation or in a part of it experts, specialists or other participants who are not party to the mediation

  1. The Mediation case manager, subject to a prior consent of the mediator and the parties to mediation, can also participate in the entire mediation process or in a part of it.
  2. The Mediation Case Manager takes part in the mediation as an observer and has no right to interfere in the conduct of mediation.
Article 16. Flexibility of the Mediation Process
  1. Mediation is a flexible process. The mediator and the parties to the mediation, guided by the guidelines adopted by the AMCA, are free to decide the preferable format and procedure for the conduct of the mediation.
  2. The chosen format and procedure of conducting the mediation process cannot contradict to the legislative requirements, these Rules and the internal legal acts of the AMCA.
  1. The place of mediation shall be the location of activity of the AMCA, unless otherwise agreed by the parties.
  2. With the agreement of the parties to the mediation and the mediator, the mediation or a part of it may be conducted online, using audio-visual telecommunication means, including a combination of various available information and telecommunication technologies.
  1. The language of each case of mediation is Armenian.
  2. If a language other than Armenian is prescribed for the mediation process, an interpreter may be involved in the mediation as needed.
  1. The first session of mediation shall be scheduled as soon as possible after the approval/appointment of the mediator by the AMCA, but not later than within ten days.
  2. The day, time, place, agenda and other relevant issues of the first session of mediation are decided by the mediator following consultations with the parties to mediation. In preparation for the first session of mediation, the mediator may have joint or separate meetings with the parties to the mediation online, by telephone or in person.
  3. At the first session of mediation, the mediator identifies the parties and their representatives, other participants, and together with the parties to mediation, decide the format and procedure of the mediation, discussing the matters provided by Articles 16-18 of these Rules, as well as other relevant procedural issues.
  1. Mediation is carried out in accordance with legislation, these Rules, the internal legal acts of the AMCA, taking into account the nature of the mediation case and the observations of the parties to mediation.
  2. The mediator does not have the right to provide legal advice to the parties to mediation or other participants or to express a position on any substantive issue of the mediation.
  3. During the mediation, the mediator may ask the parties to mediation and other participants to provide additional information, written statements or perform other actions that will contribute to the mediation process.
  4. With the agreement of the parties to mediation, the mediation can be carried out in joint or separate meetings, as well as in the way of their combination.
  5. At the proposal of the parties or at the initiative of the mediator and with the agreement of the parties to the mediation, the mediator may receive expert (specialist) opinion and advice on issues related to the mediation process.
  1. The administration of each case of mediation, including the communication, is carried out by the Secretariat. The Mediation case manager ensures the proper and timely implementation of the case administration.
  2. The Secretariat shall send all notifications related to the mediation case to the parties and other participants by e-mail or other means of telecommunication. In case of the impossibility of sending electronic notifications, they are sent by registered mail or delivered by hand.
Article 22. Termination of Mediation

The mediation process initiated under these Rules shall be terminated with the mediator adopting the corresponding protocol about the termination of the mediation process, which shall be provided to the parties no later than the next day. At the same time, the mediator shall notify the AMCA about the protocol on the termination of the mediation, providing information about the mediation procedure, the agreement reached between the parties or the reasons for not reaching such an agreement, the basis for the termination of the mediation and providing a copy of the protocol.

  1. In the case of terminating the mediation process amicably, an agreement is signed between the parties to amicably settle the dispute. At the request of the parties to mediation, the AMCA may provide the parties with an opinion on the settlement agreement.
  2. In addition to the parties, the settlement agreement concluded as a result of the mediation process is also signed by the mediator, noting that the agreement has been concluded as a result of mediation.
Article 24. Confidentiality
  1. Mediation is a private and confidential process. The parties to mediation, the mediator, the AMCA and other persons engaged in mediation shall in all cases maintain the confidentiality of any information related to the entire mediation process. Any document, communication, or information discovered, revealed, or produced by either party during or for the mediation process may not be disclosed unless the parties otherwise agree in writing. Confidentiality also extends to the settlement agreement, unless its publication is necessary to enforce the agreement.
  2. Any information disclosed during mediation, including documents, communications, correspondence, position expressed by a party, proposal or statement made, including that the latter is ready to accept any proposal for mediation, or acceptance (recognition) of any fact, any position expressed or recommendation made by the mediator may not be used as evidence or in any way affect the rights of the parties to mediation in any subsequent arbitration, litigation or other dispute resolution proceeding, except as required by applicable law or as otherwise agreed by the parties.
  3. The parties to the mediation may stipulate other regulations in writing about the confidentiality of the mediation.
  1. Mediation may be initiated and conducted at any time, regardless of whether there are ongoing or completed arbitration, court or other dispute resolution proceedings between the parties, unless there is a written agreement between the parties to the contrary or the initiation and/or conduction of mediation is prohibited by applicable law.
  2. The mediator shall have no right to act as a judge, arbitrator, expert, party representative, attorney or any other participant in any court, arbitration or other dispute resolution proceeding, if those refer to the mediation case mediated out by him/her.
  3. A person having act as a judge, arbitrator, expert, lawyer or other representative of a party, or any other participant of a dispute in a judicial, arbitral or other dispute settlement proceeding, may not mediate the same dispute in accordance with these Rules, except for the case provided by the written agreement of the parties.

The mediator, the AMCA, its employees and representatives shall not be liable for any action or inaction related to the mediation process, except as provided by law.

Costs related to mediation include:

Costs related to mediation include: 

  1. Mediation administrative fee,
  2. Mediator(s)’s remuneration,
  3. Costs of the involved expert, specialist or any other costs required for the effective conduction of mediation process.

For each mediation case, the Secretary General prepares a mediation budget, calculating all costs and fees for the mediation.

 

The following amounts serve as a guideline for the calculation of costs and fees related to mediation

  1. Mediation administrative fee – AMD 70,000 (including taxes and other mandatory fees defined by law);
  2. Mediator(s)’s remuneration – AMD 150,000 for a mediation lasting up to four hours, after which hourly rate of AMD 50,000 shall apply (excluding taxes and other mandatory fees defined by law). Calculation is done on an hourly basis. The amounts provided for in this part do not include taxes and other mandatory fees established by law.
  3. Other costs incurred for the effective implementation of the mediation process are calculated and approved with the parties to the mediation as needed.
    These amounts are subject to change, taking into account the nature, complexity and other relevant circumstances of the mediation case.

The mediation budget is presented to the parties to the mediation. After receiving the mediation budget, the parties to the mediation shall pay the full amount specified in the budget within three days or submit their objections to the estimate. Failure to pay the amount within the specified period shall mean a renunciation of the mediation case.

On the costs incurred during the mediation case, which have not been included in the mediation budget, the Secretariat submits a new bill for the consideration and payment by the parties to mediation, as needed.

The mediation administrative fee is non-refundable, unless the Secretariat decides otherwise, taking into account the exceptional circumstances of the case.

In case of withdrawal or in other case of failure of mediation, the mediator’s remuneration shall be returned, offsetting the actual work performed by the mediator according to the established hourly rate.

Article 1. Application of the Expedited Procedure Rules
  1. The Rules shall apply to an arbitration under the Expedited Procedure Rules insofar as they do not contradict the regulations prescribed by this Annex.
  2. Expedited procedure rules shall be applicable only to domestic disputes in which the amount of claim does not exceed 10 million AMD.
  3. Upon receipt of the Answer to the Request pursuant to Article 6 of the Rules, or upon expiry of the time limit for the Answer or at any relevant time thereafter and subject to Article 34(3) of the Rules, the Secretariat will inform the parties that the Expedited Procedure Provisions shall apply in the case.  
  4. The Arbitration Council may, at any time during the arbitral proceedings, on its own motion or upon the request of a party, and after consultation with the arbitral tribunal and the parties, decide that the Expedited Procedure Provisions shall no longer apply to the case. In such case, unless the Arbitration Council considers that it is appropriate to replace and/or reconstitute the arbitral tribunal, the arbitral tribunal shall remain in place.
  1. In arbitration conducted under the Expedited Procedure Rules, the arbitral tribunal shall be composed of a sole arbitrator, notwithstanding any contrary provision of the arbitration agreement.
  2. The parties may nominate the sole arbitrator for confirmation within a time limit to be fixed by the Secretariat. In the absence of such nomination, the sole arbitrator shall be appointed by the Secretary General.
  3. The Secretary General, after notification to the Chairperson of the Arbitration Council, shall confirm or appoint the arbitrator within 15 days after receiving the Response to the Request or after the expiry of the time limit provided therefor.

       

  1. Article 26 of the Rules shall not apply to an arbitration under the Expedited Procedure Rules.
  2. The time limit for submitting the Answer in the expedited procedure shall be 10 days.
  3. After the arbitral tribunal has been constituted, no party shall make new claims, unless it has been authorized to do so by the arbitral tribunal, which shall consider the nature of such new claims, the stage of the arbitration, any cost implications and any other relevant circumstances.
  4. The arbitral tribunal shall have discretion to adopt such procedural measures as it considers appropriate. In particular, the arbitral tribunal may, after consultation with the parties, decide not to allow requests for document production or to limit the number, length and scope of written submissions and written witness evidence (both fact witnesses and experts).
  5. The arbitral tribunal may, after consulting the parties, decide the dispute solely on the basis of the documents submitted by the parties, with no hearing and no examination of witnesses or experts.

1․The time limit within which the arbitral tribunal must render its final award is 3 months after the arbitral tribunal is constituted. The Secretariat may extend the time limit pursuant to a reasoned request from the arbitral tribunal or on its own initiative if it decides it is necessary to do so.

2․ The fees of the arbitral tribunal shall be fixed according to the scales of costs of arbitration for the expedited procedure set out in Annex

Article 1. General rules
  1. Article 33 and Annex 3 of the Rules (“Emergency arbitrator provisions”) shall apply only to parties that are either signatories of the arbitration agreement under the Rules that is relied upon for the application or successors to such signatories.
  2. The Emergency arbitrator provisions are not intended to prevent any party from seeking urgent interim or conservatory measures from a competent judicial authority at any time prior to making an application for such measures, and in appropriate circumstances even thereafter, pursuant to the Rules. Any application for such measures from a competent judicial authority shall not be deemed to be an infringement or a waiver of the arbitration agreement. Any such application and any measures taken by the judicial authority shall be notified without delay to the Secretariat.
  3. The Chairperson of the Arbitration Council shall have the power to decide, at the his/her discretion, all matters relating to the administration of the emergency arbitrator proceedings not expressly provided for in this Annex.
  4. In all matters concerning emergency arbitrator proceedings not expressly provided for in this Annex, the Arbitration Council and the emergency arbitrator shall act in the spirit of the Rules and this Annex.
  1. A party wishing to have recourse to an emergency arbitrator pursuant to Article 8 of the Rules shall submit its application for Emergency Measures to the Secretariat.
  2. The application shall contain:

    (1) the name of the applicant, identification data if a natural person, state registration data if it is a legal person, contact details of the applicant, physical address, email address and preferred means of notification; 

    (2) the name, physical address, email address and other contact details of the representative of the applicant;

    (3) the name, physical address of the respondent, and other contact details, including email address, if available to the applicant;

    (4) a description of the circumstances giving rise to the application and of the underlying dispute referred or to be referred to arbitration;

    (5) a statement of the Emergency Measures sought;

    (6) the reasons why the applicant needs urgent interim or conservatory measures that cannot await the constitution of an arbitral tribunal;

    (7) the arbitration agreement(s) and other relevant agreements;

    (8) any agreement as to the seat of the arbitration, the applicable rules of law or the language of the arbitration;
    (9) proof of payment of the amount referred to in Article 6 of Annex 1;

    (10) Request for Arbitration and any other submissions in connection with the underlying dispute, which have been filed with the Secretariat by any of the parties to the emergency arbitrator proceedings prior to the making of the application;

    (11) The application may contain such other documents or information as the applicant considers appropriate or as may contribute to the efficient examination of the application.

  3. The application shall be drawn up in the language of the arbitration if agreed upon by the parties or, in the absence of any such agreement, in the language of the arbitration agreement.
  4. If the Secretariat finds out that the parties have agreed to opt out of the Emergency Arbitrator Provisions, it shall inform the parties that the emergency arbitrator proceedings shall not take place with respect to some or all of the parties and shall transmit a copy of the application to them for information.
  5. The Chairperson of the Arbitration Council shall terminate the emergency arbitrator proceedings if a Request for Arbitration has not been received by the Secretariat from the applicant within 10 days from the Secretariat’s receipt of the application for Emergency Measures, unless the emergency arbitrator determines that a longer period of time is necessary.
  1. The Chairperson of the Arbitration Council shall appoint an emergency arbitrator within as short a time as possible, normally within two days from the Secretariat’s receipt of the application. 
  2. No emergency arbitrator shall be appointed after the file has been transmitted to the arbitral tribunal pursuant to Article 18 of the Rules. An emergency arbitrator appointed prior thereto shall retain the power to make an order within the time limit permitted by Article 7(4) of this Annex.
  3. Once the emergency arbitrator has been appointed, the Secretariat shall so notify the parties and shall transmit the file to the emergency arbitrator. Thereafter, all written communications from the parties shall be submitted directly to the emergency arbitrator with a copy to each other party and the Secretariat. A copy of any written communications from the emergency arbitrator to the parties shall be submitted to the Secretariat.
  4. Every emergency arbitrator shall be and remain impartial and independent of the parties involved in the dispute.
  5.  Before being appointed, a prospective emergency arbitrator shall sign a statement of impartiality and independence, which shall also contain the written confirmation of the emergency arbitrator accepting the compensation stated in Annex 1.
  6.  The Secretariat shall provide a copy of such statement to the parties.
  7. An emergency arbitrator shall not act as an arbitrator in any arbitration relating to the dispute that gave rise to the application for Emergency Measures.
  1. A challenge against the emergency arbitrator must be made within 3 days from receipt by the party making the challenge of the notification of the appointment or from the date when that party was informed of the facts and circumstances on which the challenge is based if such date is subsequent to the receipt of such notification.
  2. The challenge shall be decided by the Arbitration Council after the Secretariat has afforded an opportunity for the emergency arbitrator and the other party or parties to provide comments in writing within a suitable period of time.
  1. If the parties have agreed upon the seat of the arbitration, such seat shall be the seat of the emergency arbitrator proceedings. In the absence of such agreement, the Chairperson of the Arbitration Council shall fix the seat of the emergency arbitrator proceedings, without prejudice to the determination of the seat of the arbitration pursuant to Article 20 of the Rules.
  2. Any meetings with the emergency arbitrator may be conducted through a meeting in person at any location the emergency arbitrator considers appropriate or by video conference, telephone or similar means of communication.
  1. The emergency arbitrator shall establish a Protocol of Procedure for the emergency arbitrator proceedings within as short a time as possible, normally within two days from the transmission of the file to the emergency arbitrator.
  2. The emergency arbitrator shall conduct the proceedings in the manner which the emergency arbitrator considers to be appropriate, taking into account the nature and the urgency of the application. In all cases, the emergency arbitrator shall act fairly and impartially and ensure that each party has a reasonable opportunity to present its case.
  1. The emergency arbitrator’s decision shall take the form of an order (the “Order”).
  2. In the Order, the emergency arbitrator shall determine whether the application is admissible and whether the emergency arbitrator has jurisdiction to order Emergency Measures.
  3. The Order shall be made in writing and shall state the reasons upon which it is based. It shall be dated and signed by the emergency arbitrator.
  4. The Order shall be made no later than 15 days from the date on which the file was transmitted to the emergency arbitrator. The Chairperson of the Arbitration Council may extend the time limit pursuant to a reasoned request from the emergency arbitrator or on the Chairperson’s own initiative if the Chairperson of the Arbitration Council decides it is necessary to do so.
  5. Within the time limit established pursuant to Article 7 (4) of this Annex, the emergency arbitrator shall send the Order to the parties, with a copy to the Secretariat, by any of the means of communication permitted by the Rules that the emergency arbitrator considers will ensure prompt receipt.
  6. The Order shall cease to be binding on the parties upon:

    (1)  termination of the emergency arbitrator proceedings by the Chairperson of the Arbitration Council;

    (2)  the acceptance by the Arbitration Council of a challenge against the emergency arbitrator pursuant to Article 4 of this Annex;

    (3)  the arbitral tribunal’s final award, unless the arbitral tribunal expressly decides otherwise; or

    (4)  the withdrawal of all claims or the termination of the arbitration before the rendering of a final award.

  7. The emergency arbitrator may make the Order subject to such conditions as the emergency arbitrator thinks fit, including requiring the provision of appropriate security.
  8. Upon a reasoned request by a party made prior to the transmission of the file to the arbitral tribunal, the emergency arbitrator may modify, terminate or annul the Order.
  1. The applicant must pay for the Costs of the emergency arbitrator proceedings pursuant to Annex 1 of the Rules.
  2. The Chairperson of the Arbitration Council, may, at any time during the emergency arbitrator proceedings, decide to increase the emergency arbitration fees, taking into account, inter alia, the nature of the case and the nature and amount of work performed by the emergency arbitrator and the Secretariat. If the party which submitted the application fails to pay the increased costs within the time limit fixed by the Secretariat, the application shall be considered as withdrawn.
  3. The emergency arbitrator’s Order shall fix the costs of the emergency arbitrator proceedings and decide which of the parties shall bear them or in what proportion they shall be borne by the parties.
  4. In the event that the emergency arbitrator proceedings do not take place or are terminated prior to the making of an Order, the Chairperson of the Arbitration Council shall determine the amount to be reimbursed to the applicant, if any.

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