Georgia State University College of Law
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Atlanta’s new Center for International Arbitration and Mediation has landed its second affiliation with a major arbitral court.

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), based in Paris, has added the Atlanta center, affiliated with Georgia State University College of Law, to its roster of arbitral venues. The center announced in December that the American Arbitration Association’s International Centre for Dispute Resolution will use it as a venue.

The Atlanta center will provide hearing space to the ICC’s International Court of Arbitration at a 40 percent discount for 2016, and the two organizations plan to collaborate on education and programming.

The center, which opened last fall in GSU Law’s new building downtown at 85 Park Place N.E., is working hard to put itself on the map with more established U.S. arbitral centers.

“The alliance between the new Atlanta center and the venerable ICC signals the growing significance of the southeastern United States as an international commercial hub,” said Ben Greer, president of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society, which helped start the Atlanta center. Greer, the former head of Alston & Bird’s international practice, helped to make the ICC deal.

The secretary general of the ICC’s court, Andrea Carlevaris, said that U.S. parties are the top users of ICC dispute resolution services and noted that the ICC opened a New York office in 2013. The Atlanta partnership “is another step in the same direction for us to raise our profile in the region,” Carlevaris said.

Carita Wallgren-Lindholm, an arbitrator in Helsinki and ICC member, also participated in the agreement with the Atlanta center, which is run by Shelby Grubbs.