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What’s A Pound Worth? The Conversation Continues…

Since 2001, the Union Internationale des Avocats World Forum of Mediation Centres (UIAWFMC) has brought together the best commercial dispute resolution professionals and representatives from ADR centres around the world. Its purpose is to foster the exchange of views on the development of ADR (with a focus on mediation), enhance knowledge, consider emerging best practices and learn from other cultures. The Forum takes place every 9 months in a different international venue. Read more

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From Conference Series To Global Community – What’s Next For The GPC?

From Conference Series To Global Community – What’s Next For The GPC?

As the Global Pound Conference Series 2016-17 draws to a close,  it is time to take stock and consider how both the data analysis and conversations from each event might inform the future of Dispute Resolution.

As an academic, I am wary to avoid drawing conclusions before the final analysis is complete; but as contributor to the series from design to data analysis , I would like to share some of the themes I see emerging from this ambitious project.

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The Third Edition Of The IBA – VIAC Consensual Dispute Resolution Competition

Two years ago, the International Bar Association (IBA), the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC), and the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) launched the first edition of the Consensual Dispute Resolution Competition (CDRC) Vienna. The inaugural success and the enthusiastic feedback and support for the competition’s new concept quickly caught international attention and led to a second edition in 2016. This past July, we witnessed the third edition of a path towards more consensus building in dispute resolution – and bringing it to the next generation:

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Spontaneous GPC Voting Events Are Taking Place In India

Spontaneous GPC Voting Events Are Taking Place In India

Spontaneous GPC voting events have been popping up in India, just days before voting is set to close. As soon as online voting opened up to the public, organisers in India set up ‘voting clinics’ to help people to vote.

This is giving a significant boost to the global voting data, only days before the deadline on the 31 July. Today 30 people attended the clinic to vote, adding their voice to the global data on dispute resolution.
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Lok Adalat: India’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism

Lok Adalat: India’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism

Scholars and academics throughout the world have noted a spike in the popularity of alternative dispute resolution. Commercial contracts, sports, family disputes and even intellectual property rights disputes are now being resolved through arbitration, conciliation, mediation and/or negotiation.

India has followed the path of global leaders in the field and has tried to make the country a seat of international arbitration. Though we have legalised the rules and regulations regarding alternative dispute resolution by introducing the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996, the concept of alternative dispute resolution has prevailed throughout India for a long time. Read more

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Avoiding The Litigation Spiral

Avoiding The Litigation Spiral

Fisher and Ury’s ‘Getting To Yes‘ in 1981 was influential because it changed our prevailing attitudes from time-honored positional bargaining towards a more 21st Century interest-based negotiation. Thirty years later, Professor John Lande at the University of Missouri School of Law presented another important philosophical approach to dispute resolution in his book ‘Lawyering with Planned Early Negotiation’ (2011), which is directed at external counsellors.

He directly challenges the default approach to dispute resolution, which he calls litigation as usual” or LAU. Professor Lande points to the paradox of the “vanishing trial“, that despite LAU, only about 10% of cases in state courts and about 2% of cases in the federal courts actually get to a full-blown trial. Almost all are settled. The problem is that the 90% or 98% that settle are mainly resolved very late in the litigation life cycle, after most of the time and cost consumed in litigating have been spent.

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Ten Takeaways From The GPC Data

A summary of the aggregate data from seven GPC events (Singapore, Mexico City, Lagos, New York, Geneva, Toronto and Madrid) was recently published on the GPC website. The Mediator Academy has distilled the report down into 10 interesting takeaways. The infographic focuses on the key areas – party desires, needs and expectations, current practice, promoting access to justice and ways in which to improve commercial dispute resolution.

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Ambitious Goals And Global Plans: Analysing The GPC Series Data

Ambitious Goals And Global Plans: Analysing The GPC Series Data

The cumulated data of the first seven events (in Singapore, Mexico City, Lagos, New York, Geneva, Toronto and Madrid) of the Global Pound Conference Series that took place in 2016, shows that the preferences and priorities of parties involved in commercial and civil disputes differ from what providers perceive and offer. In other words, there are gaps between the “demand” and “supply” sides in the dispute resolution market.

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A Week In Paris

A Week In Paris

Each conference in the GPC Series is unique. The GPC Paris, to be held on 26 April, is a major francophone event with a distinct local and international flavour and, as the title Le Règlement des différends à l’horizon 2050 suggests, is provocatively forward-looking. Continue reading →

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