Lebanese University Hadath. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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A group of experts from the Lebanese University and other academic institutions is working to help Lebanese people at all levels of society solve conflicts without the courts, from ministry and security officials to students to business professionals. To do so, they are mediating conflicts directly, training others to be experts in conflict mediation and even offering classes to anyone who expresses an interest, Marie-Line Karam, one of the experts, and an international law professor at the Lebanese University, told The Daily Star. The two major types of ADR are mediation and arbitration.Despite the movement's ambitions, the expansion of ADR in Lebanon faces several obstacles.Few of the experts in her group are, at the moment, internationally accredited arbitrators, said Karam, herself one of the accredited few.There are also lingering worries within the global business community that arbitration decisions might not be enforced in Lebanon, Walid Kassir, a USJ law professor and expert in international arbitration, said.He maintained, however, that Lebanon could become a key site for arbitration in the Middle East, should it build the necessary infrastructure attracting parties that are not even based in the country.
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