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FICM’s industry and subject-specific groups analyze dispute management challenges, recommend global best practices and publish materials on issues at the forefront of legal debate. The balanced interests of these groups provide a unique platform for analyzing the latest developments, both legal and practical, in all manner of dispute management.


Groups remain active on FICM Ecosystem website, on teleconferences, in-person panel programs, discussion groups, and newsletters, all of which allow you to build valuable networks in a variety of areas.

Network, exchange ideas, offer client referrals, and collaborate with other members with similar interests. Keep informed about upcoming activities such as meetings, teleconferences, reports and recommendations, and much more.

Participation in FICM Ginger Groups is a members-only benefit for professionals with relevant skills.

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Asia Advisory Board

The Asia Advisory Board (AAB) is an invitation-only board composed of FICM member representatives based throughout Asia.  The AAB provides strategic direction to FICM’s activities in the region and works on initiatives of interest to FICM. The AAB develops resources, shares knowledge and best practices, networks with respect to matters of general interest, obtains and provides education and training, participates in other joint initiatives and activities and seeks strategic alliances with other institutions and organizations.  

*Participation in the Asia Advisory Board is by invitation only.

Transactional Dispute Group

Transactional lawyers craft the right ADR provisions in contract formation by exploring the utilization of dispute management techniques to prevent or address disputes in ongoing relationships, such as joint ventures. 

The Transactional Dispute Group continually focuses on designing and developing practical ways to employ innovative dispute management and preventive provisions like Standing Neutrals and Deal Mediation in real-world contexts such as joint ventures.  

Healthcare and Life Sciences

The Healthcare and…. comprises leading practitioners, corporate counsel, academics and neutrals with experience resolving disputes among healthcare and life sciences corporations, institutions and parties involving issues specific to these entities and the complex regulatory framework in which they operate.  


Insurance Dispute Management Council

The Insurance Council explores ways to effectively use mediation, arbitration and other processes when resolving disputes in which insurance coverage either is the subject or otherwise affects the parties’ interests and conduct.  

The council constantly works on rules for expedited arbitration of insurance disputes.  

Intellectual Property Dispute Management Board

Many businesses depend on intellectual property as their lifeblood.  Some IP disputes are amenable to non-judicial resolution, potentially saving costly commercial disruption.  

The council works to discern where and how the modern ADR Systems are best deployed in relationships concerning patent, trademark, copyright and know-how.  


The Mediation and Conciliation Network

consists of FICM members throughout the world and aims to enhance the quality and effectiveness of corporate mediation practice, both domestically and internationally.  

Mediation Best Practices Guide for In-House Counsel: Make Mediation Work for You, a new FICM members-only guide with insider tips from in-house counsel on how to navigate every step of the mediation process. 

The… works to identify qualified neutrals to serve on FICM’s Panels of Distinguished Neutrals.  You may find online, FICM’s Mediation Procedure, Fast Track Rules for Mediation, and International Mediation Procedure , as well as other industry-specific protocols.   

Construction Disputes Management Advisory Council

The Council consists of in-house counsel, attorneys and leading neutrals who convene to analyze and establish benchmarks to address issues of critical importance within this business segment.  

In addition, the council reviews applicants to serve on FICM’s Panels of Distinguished Neutrals.  


Task Force on ‘Technology in Dispute Management’

New technologies are transforming the future of dispute prevention and resolution in many different ways.  

to analyze and discuss the impact of new technologies on the dispute prevention and resolution landscape, particularly the relation of smart contracts, innovation, contract management and artificial intelligence. 

tdtf also focuses on matters relating to cybersecurity and data protection. 


The FICM International Young&Dynamic [Y&D] Members Group

leadership group for FICM’s Young Attorneys in International Dispute Resolution program is composed of young in-house counsel and practitioners at law firms around the world.

The group promotes full spectrum of dispute resolution mechanisms with the younger generation of lawyers – i.e. those who are 45 years old or younger or those with less than eight years of professional experience in International Dispute Practice.   

Through periodic seminars and other initiatives, group participants gain an insider’s look at the role of dispute management processes and practices in corporations and multinational organizations. More importantly, they have an opportunity to network with in-house counsel and experts in the field.

Board for Dispute Prevention, Preservation and Sustainability

The Preventive Law Committee considered the questions:  “What about the commercial disputes that did not happen?  How were they avoided? Can lessons be learned that are generally applicable to projects and commercial relationships?”  The group reviewed practices in construction and healthcare which have a proven track record of preventive practices, and developed a series of recommendations to further the understanding of conflict avoidance. 


Employment Disputes Working Group

In-house employment counsel, corporate attorneys and neutrals to analyze, establish benchmarks and publish material on issues that are critically important to employment dispute resolution. 

The Committee is developing best practices for workplace disputes program design and has published Arbitration and Mediation Model Procedures for the resolution of employment disputes as well as studies of corporate employment ADR programs.

Cutting Edge Advances in Resolving Workplace Disputes.  


Energy, Oil and Gas Disputes Forum

The Energy, Oil & Gas Forum analyzes and disseminates information on issues that are critically important to business practices in this field.  

It has assembled an international panel of energy neutrals in sub-specialties ranging from alternative energy sources to nuclear specialties and periodically puts on programs of interest, 




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