The International Dispute Registry (IDR) is incorporated in London, UK.

It is led by an international group of established practitioners dedicated to improving the state of appropriate dispute avoidance, regulation and resolution (ADR) globally.

A primary strength, is the capacity to pool together leading dispute resolution institutions and professionals from around the world to provide technical assistance and capacity building in registration, management and regulation of disputes, as well as related training activities.

IDR’s methodology is unique and based on maximising efficiency and dynamic competitiveness. The strategic international negotiation and ADR services that are provided seek to identify areas of cooperation, compromise, and weaknesses in exiting ADR frameworks in order to strengthen them.

It also focuses on areas of potential enhancement that can be promoted and developed into distinguishing features of the system. In this process of designing or redesigning ADR systems architecture, IDR’s areas of practice focus on project management, strategic sequencing, dispute regulation, mediation, certification and training.

Placing an increasing emphasis on the rule of law, ethics and good governance, IDR develops appropriate dispute resolution mechanisms which are adapted to maintaining a healthy economy or managing crisis situations, such as COVID-19 implications and that need to be made available to stakeholders, including government and industry, given its vital role in protecting the long term interests of global “supply chains”.

A well thought out and appropriate ADR process, has the ability to anchor confidence in the judicial process, facilitate access to justice, as well as to promote inward foreign investment (IFI).

IDR’s objective is to address this need by enabling and assisting in the deployment of effective ADR systems and standards.

To that end IDR has been involved in the following projects:

  • Assisting the Energy Charter Treaty Secretariat to develop a Mediation Guide and a Model Instrument to be Incorporated into the organs of the state to provide a framework through which disputes might be resolved through mediation. Discover more
  • Assisting with the development of mediation training modules for investor state mediators.
  • Delivering investor state mediation training courses including in Washington DC, Paris and Hong Kong.
  • Working with the International Mediation Institute (IMI) to develop criteria for investors state mediators. Discover more
  • Providing guidance to ICSID on the drafting of mediation rules. Discover more
  • Participating in the “Belt and Road Arbitration Institutions’ Roundtable Forum with the world’s leading arbitration institutions on 7 November 2019 in Beijing which led to the “Beijing Declaration”. Discover more
  • Organising the NTF Harvard University Davis Center, Investor State Mediation Colloquium in December 2019 to bring together relevant stakeholders to discuss the expanded use of mediation and shuttle diplomacy in investor state disputes.
  • Working with the British Institute of International Comparative Law (BIICL) to host a follow up forum on investor state mediation In London.

The Harvard 2019 ISDS Mediation Colloquium Report has now been released in its final version.

Quraysh has supported the 2019 ISDS Mediation Colloquium at Harvard University last December, convened by Wolf von Kumberg, IDR Managing Director. The Colloquium resulted in the establishment of an implementation ISDS Mediation Working Group (MWG-ISDS) which released its first report titled. Unlocking Value Through Stakeholder Engagement: New Forms to Resolve Investor- State Disputes (now attached).

Following on from its intellectual inception at Harvard University Davis Center Negotiation Task Force, Wolf von Kumberg was named as chairman of the Working Group, and will continue its efforts with IMI, UNCITRAL, IDR and ITF at the British Institute for International and Comparative Law (BIICL) based in London, focusing on the practical implementation of the recommendations in the Report.