Nepal International ADR Center – NIAC
Nepal International ADR Center (NIAC) was established in 2013 as a non-government organization and continued to carry out its mandate before it was incorporated into a corporate entity recently on the same name with the purpose to deliver Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) service with special focus on Arbitration and Mediation. The Center offers services for the resolution of domestic and cross border commercial disputes apart from carrying out activities in enhancing knowledge, capacity, and skills in Arbitration and Mediation. The center is conceptualized as a forum not only to offer Arbitration and Mediation services but also to engage in creating, enhancing, and applying knowledge and skills in Dispute Resolution.
Former US Chief Justice Warren E. Burger had once mentioned, “Traditional trial systems are too costly, too painful, too destructive, and too inefficient for truly civilized people.” Hence, there is a need to innovate and change the traditional adversarial paradigm into an amicable and non-hostile resolution with recourse to Arbitration and Mediation.
On the 6th of August 2020, NIAC along with nine Dispute Resolution institutes from countries in the Asia-Pacific region founded a transnational Arbitration and Mediation center aptly named as “Asia Pacific Center for Arbitration and Mediation (APCAM)”.
Nepal, as a member of the United Nations (UN), World Trade Organization (WTO), and other international institutions have acceded to and endorsed various international instruments relating to public and private International Law. It has accepted the UNCITRAL model on contract and arbitration law. Nepal has also endorsed the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards – the New York Convention 1958.
Nepal has enacted and amended some of its domestic laws with a view to promote and strengthen Dispute Resolution practices in the country. For example, Contract Act 2000, Arbitration Act 1999, Company Act 2006, Foreign Investment and Technology Transfer Act 1992 et al. In addition to that, the country has enacted the Mediation Act 2011 as umbrella legislation with a view to enhance and promote mediation for the amicable resolution of contractual, community and court referred/annexed disputes.
Nepal has always held its identity as a peace-loving nation situated at a strategically important location between two dominant economic powers- India and China. NIAC is thus poised to offer a neutral venue where the contesting parties could come for an amicable settlement of their disputes. Nepal possesses diverse natural wonders such as the majestic mountains Mt Everest, Mt, Machhapuchhre, Mt.Annapurna, Mt Kanchanjungha, etc., lakes such as Shey Phoksundo, Rara, Phewa, and meditative luxuriant forests in and around the Kathmandu valley. Nepal is culturally rich since both the Hindus and the Buddhists revere this nation for hosting their sacred places of worship like Pashupatinath, Muktinath, Lumbini, and so on.
This natural and cultural heritage offers a solemn attraction for investors and entrepreneurs with NIAC positioned firmly to make Arbitration and Mediation services available to help resolve domestic and cross-border disputes. NIAC’s affiliation with APCAM adds a new dimension in enlarging the scope and adding quality in the management and delivery of Arbitration and Mediation services.
NIAC – When you opt for NIAC mediation or arbitration, you enjoy the benefit of resolving disputes in any of the constituent member countries under a single system with administering centres in all countries, in a systematic way of conducting the proceedings and good administrative control over the same!
Credible and Effective Dispute Resolution Center
NIAC achieves excellence in Dispute Resolution services and knowledge.
- Accessible and credible arbitration, mediation and Dispute Resolution Services
- Dispute Resolution knowledge
- Institutional capacity development
- Networking and collaboration across all levels (local, regional/provincial, national, international)
- Awareness and Advocacy
Institutional Core Values:
- Parties’ Satisfaction
- Resolve disputes amicably
- Teamwork and mutual cooperation
- Continued Institutional Development
- Diversity and promote inclusiveness