The Centre for Mediation at The Hague Court of Arbitration for Aviation facilitates the voluntary settlement of contractual disputes between aviation industry participants. It does so through a framework that is completely private, flexible, fast and cost-effective, and in a manner that also emphasizes reconciliation so as to make possible the continuation of commercial relationships.
The pool of qualified neutral mediators features very deep aviation industry expertise across different disciplines, most notably in technical subject matter. The parties select any available mediator or mediators they mutually agree. Among other optionality, the parties also decide together whether the mediation is to proceed such that it also includes elements of neutral case evaluation by the mediator(s), or whether legal counsel is to participate and/or be present during parts the mediation. In any instance, mediators do not impose any solution on the parties.
The current Mediation Rules of The Centre for Mediation at The Hague Court of Arbitration for Aviation are available below.
Just as an arbitration clause, a mediation clause may be included as a standard clause in aviation contracts if the parties wish to do so. Mediation may also be agreed when a dispute has already arisen and no mediation clause has been included in the contract. In both cases, it is advisable to make an arrangement in the event that the mediation does not lead to a resolution of the dispute. This arrangement may entail, for example, an arbitration clause being included in the contract after the mediation clause. In any instance, a stand-alone mediation agreement is concluded between the parties and the mediator during the initial meeting.
As with arbitration, the Netherlands Arbitration Institute also acts as the administering body in mediation referred to The Centre for Mediation at The Hague Court of Arbitration of Aviation. The NAI follows the mediation from the moment of the request until the conclusion of the mediation. Independence and confidentiality are important factors. For example, the NAI, as an independent administering body, would never discuss the content of a case. Moreover, no information regarding NAI mediations is disclosed to third parties.
Since all mediations are customised, it is not possible to provide a detailed cost estimate in advance The total costs of mediation comprise the following elements:
A mediation is commenced by one or both parties submitting a completed Request for Mediation form to The Centre for Mediation at The Hague Court of Arbitration of Aviation. The application form is completely free. The mediation will be deemed to have been commenced on the date the request is received by the administrator.
The requirements a request for mediation must meet are stated in the Mediation Rules of The Centre for Mediation at The Hague Court of Arbitration of Aviation. If the request is not filed by all parties involved jointly, the administrator will send a copy of the request to the other party or parties and invite them to respond.