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How to become a Mediator
It is recognized by the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and the Hong Kong Mediation Council that the skills of a successful mediator are largely unrelated to the type of dispute. A mediator having specialist knowledge of the type of dispute may however facilitate settlement in some cases. It is not felt to be part of the normal accreditation process to assess the specialist knowledge of potential panel members. Parties seeking mediation are usually well equipped to assess the relevance of specialist knowledge and to select a mediator accordingly. The exception to this rule is in the area of family mediation. In this area, specialist knowledge of family law and dynamics is required.
In light of the above, the HKIAC maintains two panels of accredited mediators:-
An individual may qualify for both panels but as few people are expected to seek such dual accreditation, the two panels have therefore separate accreditation procedures.
Objectives of Accreditation of Mediators
The accreditation system is designed with three objectives:
HKIAC Requirements to be an Accredited Mediator or Family Mediator
Candidates who can demonstrate extensive mediation experience may be granted exemption from any or all of the stages of the accreditation requirements. A request for exemption must be made in writing and accompanied by all relevant supporting documentation together with a cheque of HK$600 being the application fee made payable to "Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre".
The HKIAC will maintain list of Panel Members will be maintained by the HKIAC and the lists will be available on the HKIAC website (www.hkiac.org).
Successful candidates will be required to provide a C.V. as per Form MA5. Panel membership will be for a 4-year period. Renewal of membership will be subject to the panel member demonstrating to the HKIAC Mediator Accreditation Committee that the panel member in question has undertaken the CPD (continuing professional development) requirements as set out in CPD.
Inclusion on an HKIAC Panel of Mediators will be subject to an application assessment fee per category of assessment and a panel maintenance fee per category per calendar year (January to December), payable not later than 31 March, as set out below.
Note: Any and all of the fees are subject to change at the discretion of the HKIAC MAC.
* Cheques to be made payable to "Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre" upon submission of application.