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Roscoe Pound Would Be Proud – Reflections On The History Of The GPC

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Following the final GPC Series event held in London in last week, it seems timely to go back to where it all began. History informs the present and the future and, in our excitement about the significance of this ambitious project, it is important not to overlook the contribution of the memorable life of the man whose name it bears.

Roscoe Pound (1872-1964) was a remarkable man. Whilst some scholars brand him as ‘the most famous American jurisprudential thinker of the first half of the twentieth century’ and ‘the greatest twentieth century dean of the Harvard Law School’ his is hardly the name on every lawyer’s lips. Nor did he fit the mould of your average law school Dean.

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Posted by Rosemary Howell in Access To Justice, Ask An Expert, Introductory Guide, Mediation

The London GPC – Time For Change

marlon-maya-44935.jpgLast week’s London event marked the grand finale of the GPC Series, which has taken place on six continents and 29 cities since April 2016, collecting groundbreaking data on the behaviour and perceptions of stakeholders in dispute resolution across the globe. Taking place in the historical Guildhall building, built upon centuries of ‘dispute resolution’ above the Roman amphitheatre – where conflict was perhaps resolved in a more brutal way than today.

The event began with an introduction by online dispute resolution advocate Lord Justice Briggs, who has consistently pushed for technological reforms in the courts of England and Wales, especially in regards to resolving disputes. In addition Dr Andrew Parmley, Lord Mayor of London (Mayor of the City of London), gave a moving speech on London’s rich multicultural history – stating that London will remain a global city and an international hub for the legal community undeterred by Brexit.

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Posted by Natasha Mellersh in Access To Justice, ADR, Arbitration, Dispute Management, Education, LOC Coverage, Mediation, Negotiation, Technology

Ask An Expert: Luciana Breggia

Judge Luciana Breggia, President of the Second Section of the Tribunal of Florence,  speaks about the development of mediation in Italy and the crucial role education can play in forging a more effective dispute resolution culture. Continue reading →

Posted by Natasha Mellersh in Access To Justice, ADR, Ask An Expert

Consumer Redress: A Changing Tide?

jeremy-bishop-262161The various challenges in trying to provide effective redress to consumers have created momentum behind an effort to change the way we think about consumer protection. The old zero-sum debate between consumer advocates (presumed to be in collaboration with the class action bar) and the big legal defence firms (presumed to be doing the bidding of big corporations) has achieved little in terms of progress over the past few decades.

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Posted by Amy J. Schmitz and Colin Rule in Access To Justice, ODR

Ask An Expert: Colin Rule

Colin Rule, Vice President of Online Dispute Resolution at Tyler Technologies, in Silicon Valley, discusses education, technology and providing better access to justice online.

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Posted by Natasha Mellersh in Access To Justice, ADR, Ask An Expert, ODR, Technology

Ask An Expert: Mark Appel

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Mark Appel, an independent international Arbitrator, Mediator, Consultant and Trainer, discusses online dispute resolution (ODR), cybersecurity and the impact of technology on the dispute resolution process.

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Posted by Natasha Mellersh in Access To Justice, ADR, Ask An Expert, ODR, Technology

The Ingenious Judge – A Children’s Book

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Judge Luciana Breggia, President of the second section of the Tribunal of Florence, offers an insight into her illustrated book ‘Il Giudice alla Rovescia (The Ingenious Judge)’ which seeks to teach children about the foundations of justice, as well as essential skills in resolving conflict.

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Posted by Luciana Breggia in Access To Justice, ADR, Education

Why A GPC Event Is Like No Other Conference You’ve Attended

clint-adair-68588With around half of the Global Pound Conference (GPC) events now behind us, well over a thousand delegates have experienced for themselves attending a GPC event. So what’s it like? Put simply, the experience is unlike any other dispute resolution conference you’ll have attended. No dozing at the back of the room as dry speakers work painfully through drier legislative changes. No quiet catching up on your emails as you wonder what will be for lunch.

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Posted by Alexander Oddy in Access To Justice, ADR, Arbitration

Are People Waking Up To Online Dispute Resolution?

joshua-sortino-215039.jpgTechnology is playing an increasingly important role in all aspects of our lives. Digitalisation has transformed the way we communicate, work, access information and consume goods. However, while making many things easier, the use of technology also creates new problems – in the form of unprecedented complex disputes and the constant evolution of the online services. Read more

Posted by Mirèze Philippe and Natasha Mellersh in Access To Justice, ADR, Technology

How To Kick-Start Civil Mediation: The Italian Experience

The year of 2016 scored the highest number (20,237) of civil mediation agreements ever reached in Italy. But with a rate of success of 11%, much lower than in 2011 (16%). What could be the possible reasons for this?

Mediation belongs to the Italian juridical tradition. After the Italian state was founded in 1861, the heading of the introductory seven articles of the first Civil Procedure Code (1865) was “conciliation”. In 1880 the Justices of Peace issued the 70% of all sentences delivered in Italy. However the totalitarian regime, instated during the Fascist period (1922 – 1943), disapproved of conflict resolution reached by private citizens and insisted these issues must be settled by judges. Although the 1941 Civil Procedure Code provided the possibility of conciliation managed by the judge in the pre-trial hearings, this was purely a formality. As a consequence, mediation was forgotten. Read more

Posted by Giovanni Matteucci in Access To Justice, ADR, Mediation