07 February 2013

OPPORTUNITY: Egypt’s Draft Mediation Law

This memorandum is to notify you that the ABA-UNDP International Legal Resource Center (ILRC) has received a request provide a commentary on Egypt’s draft Mediation Law. We are in search of 2-3 mediation experts to review the draft law. The Ministry of Justice of Egypt is currently preparing a draft mediation law that incorporates a mix of mediation models - judicial and private, mandatory (for certain cases) and voluntary. Before finalizing this bill, the Ministry is keen to learn from US experience in implementing these models.

We will host Egyptian delegation (mostly from officials from the Ministry of Justice, judges from Economic Courts and Commercial Circuit Courts) on February 21, 2013 and would like to provide them with feedback on this draft law. Therefore, there is a short turnaround for this review. This a pro bono, home based opportunity. Expert(s) will work remotely and no travel will be required. Expert(s) must be available for the next 3-4 weeks to work on this project. Expert(s) will receive the documents to be reviewed via email and return comments and recommendations within the specified timeframe. We expect to begin this project as soon as possible.

The deadline for expressions of interest is February 11th 2013 at 8:00AM EST. Expressions of interest must be emailed to Jacqueline.Gichinga@americanbar.org and include a CV and a short cover letter detailing related and relevant experience.

Qualifications and Experience

Significant extent and duration of experience, knowledge and ability in mediation practice, teaching and training; coordination with governmental executive, legislative and judicial systems, private business and trade and higher education systems; investigation, research, drafting and revision of mediation and dispute resolution rules, procedures and laws; mediation and dispute resolution system design and revision, implementation, evaluation and administration, especially involving international mediation, and in different countries

Optional but valued

a. Language and cultural and historical familiarity in multiple languages and cultures; networks, working relationships and affiliations with international mediation experts and organizations; honors, awards, grants and recognition in mediation development, practice, training, teaching, system design, implementation, evaluation and administration; publications on mediation development, practice, training, teaching and system design, implementation, evaluation and administration; related experience and achievements
b. Education and experience in the practice, drafting, evaluation, revision and coordination of the Rule of Law, especially in international contexts and environments
c. Language, cultural and historical knowledge of and experience with Egypt
d. Experience in the investigation, research, evaluation, drafting and revision mediation and dispute resolution rules, procedures and laws, especially in international mediation, and in and with other countries

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