In force as from 1 January 2014

Article 1

Introductory Provisions


The Mediation Rules (the 'Rules') of the International Chamber of Commerce (the 'ICC') are administered by the ICC International Centre for ADR (the 'Centre'), which is a separate administrative body within the ICC.


The Rules provide for the appointment of a neutral third party (the 'Mediator') to assist the parties in settling their dispute.


Mediation shall be used under the Rules unless, prior to the confirmation or appointment of the Mediator or with the agreement of the Mediator, the parties agree upon a different settlement procedure or a combination of settlement procedures. The term 'mediation' as used in the Rules shall be deemed to cover such settlement procedure or procedures and the term 'Mediator' shall be deemed to cover the neutral who conducts such settlement procedure or procedures. Whatever settlement procedure is used, the term 'Proceedings' as used in the Rules refers to the process beginning with its commencement and ending with its termination pursuant to the Rules.


All of the parties may agree to modify any of the provisions of the Rules, provided, however, that the Centre may decide not to administer the Proceedings if, in its discretion, it considers that any such modification is not in the spirit of the Rules. At any time after the confirmation or appointment of the Mediator, any agreement to modify the provisions of the Rules shall also be subject to the approval of the Mediator.


The Centre is the only body authorized to administer Proceedings under the Rules.