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New AAA Foundation

The American Arbitration Association has announced the establishment of the AAA-ICDR Foundation.  This development is a welcome enlargement of the already pervasive and salutary role and influence of this esteemed institution and its international affiliate, the ICDR.

In a recent press release, the AAA explains that the Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and is able to solicit donations and provide grants to fund a range of worthy causes that promote the Foundation’s wide-reaching mission, which is to support the use and improvement of dispute resolution processes in the USA and internationally. Read more »

ODR from a European Perspective

In the final report from the June 2015 convening of the UIA World Mediation Forum, Elena Koltsaki of Thessalonia, Greece, led a panel addressing online dispute resolution (ODR) from an EU perspective.  She noted two principles at the outset:  First, a central goal of EU regulation is consumer protection and the provision of consumer redress.  Second, ODR is not merely the provision of conventional dispute resolution services via alternative technology, but rather technologically-modified methods of dispute resolution in areas that were otherwise impossible to accomplish. Read more »

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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