Archive for the tag 'ADR Institutions'

The “Global Pound Conference” — CORRECTION

The International Mediation Institute has been bouncing around an intriguing idea – a replication of the fabled 1976 Pound Conference, but on a global scale and an internet-enabled synchronous platformI’m unclear whether this event will actually come to fruition, and the IMI organizers, true to form, have already “Pounded” the event with acronyms such as GPC, LOC and COG — but the concept is so neat that we should certainly be aware of it and monitor its development.

CORRECTION:  IMI Board member Michael McIlwrath writes to say:

Peter, YBIWCTF! (You Betcha It Will Come To Fruition!)  Anchor funding is already in place, and we have more than the minimum number of cities expressing serious interest, and several have already committed.  The idea was initially 15 cities, but so many are already committing or expressing interest that our focus is shifting to ensuring all of the conferences will achieve high levels of quality and broad stakeholder participation.

Sorry, Michael.  Sorry, IMI.  Onwards and Upwards….

ABA Dispute Resolution Section’s 2015 Spring Meeting

The annual Spring Conference of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section draws hundreds of ADR practitioners, trainers and teachers from around the world.  This year it will take place in Seattle, Washington, on April 15-18.  The Section has asked that we promote it and encourage folks to attend, which I am pleased to do.  The announcement is below.

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New Journal of Online Dispute Resolution

Ironically, the first issue of the International Journal of Online Dispute Resolution arrived a few weeks ago in hard copy by the US Postal Service.  It is a very welcome addition to the very few serious legal publications that I pay close attention to.

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ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition

Professionally, I am not given to bedazzlement.  I am not among those who claim transformative or quasi-spiritual attributes to what (to me) really boils down to the learn-able professional skill of mediating business disputes.  So when friends have reported their experiences attending the ICC International Mediation Competition with tears streaming down their blushing faces, stammering and gushing about how it had changed their lives, I thought I was learning more about them than about the event.

Well, this year I attended for the first time as coach of the New York Law School team.  And… blush blush, gush gush, stammer stammer, stream stream….

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