On 26 November 2009, at a conference chaired by Lord Woolf, CEDR launched its rules for the facilitation of settlement in international arbitration. The rules aim to build mediation into the arbitration process by providing for a "mediation window" when requested by all the parties and to adjourn arbitration in certain circumstances to enable mediation when the contract contains mandatory mediation provisions. As previously reported, Herbert Smith partners Paula Hodges and Matthew Weiniger (London) and Graeme Johnston (Shanghai) were involved in CEDR's consultation which reviewed current practice regarding the facilitation of settlement by international arbitral tribunals. It may be hoped that the international arbitration community seeks to continue this important debate and to use the CEDR's rules to the extent they find support among the international arbitration centres and, crucially, arbitration users.