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Ask An Expert: Eric Chang

Ask An Expert: Eric Chang

Eric Z. Chang, Founder and Principal of LA-based Chang Law, speaks about key topics in international arbitration and the future of dispute resolution.

What is your current role in dispute resolution?

As counsel, I am a provider of dispute resolution. Although I act primarily in a counsel role, as with many practitioners in the international arbitration community, I also accept appointments as arbitrator.

My particular focus is on commercial international arbitration, and investor-state arbitration. I specialised in international arbitration because it is the pre-eminent dispute resolution mechanism in international transactions and international investment. International arbitration borrows from both civil law and common law concepts and practices, and clients from different legal systems also have different concepts of how dispute resolutions should be resolved. Read more

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Ask An Expert: S.I. Strong

Ask An Expert: S.I. Strong

S.I. Strong, Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri and an international commercial arbitration specialist, speaks about her career and discusses the rise of international commercial mediation and the increase in multiparty arbitration.

What is your current role in dispute resolution?

As a full-time law professor and arbitrator, I would categorise myself as primarily an advisor.

I got involved in international dispute resolution my first year in practice in New York – I was very interested in private international and comparative law, but I didn’t want to go into transactional practice. My firm became involved in what was then the largest ICC (International Chamber Commerce) arbitration in history, and I had the opportunity to see how complex international arbitration was. From that moment, I was hooked.

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The Mexico City Global Pound Conference

The Mexico City Global Pound Conference

The Global Pound Conference (GPC) Series 2016-17 is taking place in different locations all around the world over the next year, with the aim of facilitating the development of 21st century dispute resolution tools and finding answers to different questions in alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

The GPC Series, which officially launched in Singapore on 17-18 March, 2016, is set to hold the last scheduled event in London in July 2017. Over 25 countries worldwide have already committed to holding a GPC event with a total of 42 events and that number may still go up. Read more

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Nelson Mandela As Negotiator: What Can We Learn From Him?

Nelson Mandela As Negotiator: What Can We Learn From Him?

This article considers how ‘the greatest negotiator of the twentieth century’, Nelson Mandela, approached negotiating the ‘unbanning’ of the African National Congress (ANC), the dismantling of apartheid, and his own freedom after 27 years of imprisonment.

He employed classically good negotiation practices in the face of intense and violent opposition while confined in prison for life. If he could be successful, why can lawyers not succeed in the same way when facing less daunting disputes?

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Chart Of Dispute Resolution Stages And Steps

Chart Of Dispute Resolution Stages And Steps

Today, because of the flexibility, adaptability and versatility of ADR, Users of dispute resolution processes have available to them a wide variety of techniques that can be used to prevent, control and resolve disputes. New techniques are constantly being developed to deal with the wide variety of potential disputes that can occur in any kind of relationship, and at any stage in the development or escalation of a problem or dispute.

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Pre-Dispute And Pre-Escalation Processes To Prevent Disputes: A Brief Introduction

Pre-Dispute And Pre-Escalation Processes To Prevent Disputes: A Brief Introduction

Among the dozens of dispute resolution processes that exist today, there are a number of relatively new pre-dispute and pre-escalation processes that can be used to prevent disputes before they become so intractable that they have to be dealt with through traditional ‘resolution’ processes. These processes are most effective when instituted proactively, at or near the beginning of a relationship. Read more

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Ask An Expert: Babatunde Ajibade

Ask An Expert: Babatunde Ajibade

Lagos-based disputes lawyer, Babatunde Ajibade SAN, partner at SPA Ajibade, discusses the increasing complexity of commercial disputes and the importance of effective communication in the field of dispute resolution. 

What is your current role in dispute resolution?

My current role in dispute resolution is more often than not as counsel, either in litigation or in arbitration. I have sat as a sole arbitrator once and I’m looking to develop that aspect of my practice further, but for now my predominant experience is as counsel. So, I would describe myself as an advisor.

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Choosing the Right Tools

Choosing the Right Tools

A short guide to the different forms of dispute resolution.

International dispute resolution (and dispute prevention) tools provide an alternative or a supplement to litigation within national legal systems which are sometimes perceived as biased in favour of the “local” party. Because of its international focus, adaptability, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provides the flexibility and intercultural sensitivity that is needed to bring together parties from diverse cultures who may have differing expectations about laws and legal practice. In contrast to litigation, ADR also provides confidentiality, which can be important in business settings. ADR clauses are often included in cross-border transactions.

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Global Pound Conference – What is it?

Global Pound Conference – What is it?

This series of conferences spanning the globe, explores and raises awareness about a whole palette of tools for the resolution of disputes among nations and businesses. These conflict resolution tools are particularly suited for resolving cross-border conflicts, most commonly between commercial entities, states and private parties.

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The Story Behind the GPC Series

The Story Behind the GPC Series

The Global Pound Conference Series (GPC Series) is a series of conferences in different locations around the globe, which will help to shape the future direction of alternative dispute resolution tools.

Inviting input and participation from business leaders, policy makers, legal experts and academics, the conference series brings these questions and challenges to major cities around the world thus making it a truly international series of events and sparking a global conversation about the way cross-border business transactions are made.

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