access to justice

ADR in South Africa: A Brief Overview

Some of the challenges that have faced many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa in the administration of justice can be attributed to the over-reliance on the courts in the resolution of all forms of disputes, even where other forms of dispute resolution would have been more appropriate. South Africa has one of the fastest developing alternative dispute resolution (ADR) systems in Africa. This can be partly credited to the numerous NGOs financed by donors who undertook ADR efforts throughout South Africa before the transition of government during apartheid. One of the most notable NGOs that facilitated ADR mechanisms, is the Independent Mediation Service of South Africa (IMSSA). Read more

Posted by Petrina Ampeire in Access To Justice, ADR, Arbitration, Mediation, 0 comments

Big And Small Players – The ADR Justice Issue

In various sessions of the GPC, members of the Australian Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (ADRAC) Tom Howe QC of AGS, Debbie Hastings (Deputy Commissioner of Taxation) and Margaret Halsmith (Chair of Resolution Institute) noted that, whilst commercial disputes may sometimes involve very large disputes between very large disputants, they more often involve smaller disputes.

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Posted by Jeremy Gormly in Access To Justice, ADR, Mediation

Can ODR Help To Resolve Conflict In Refugee Communities?

rodion-kutsaev-184298The arrival of over a million refugees in Europe and the wider region since the outbreak of war in Syria has brought human rights and migration issues into the headlines around the world. Last year, the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights (UNHCR) reported that forced displacement has reached a record high globally at 65.3 million people (one person in 113).

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Posted by Petros Zourdoumis in Access To Justice, ADR, Mediation, ODR, Technology

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.

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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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Posted by GPC Series in Access To Justice, ADR, Technology

The Paris ODR Conference – When Law Meets Tech

peter-kleinau-99994.jpgThe 17th annual ODR Conference, which took place in Paris last month, was not your average law event. Entitled Equal Access to Information and Justice Online Dispute Resolution, the conference spanned across two days filled with intense discussions, ideas, exciting projects and most importantly – excellent food. Especially unique, was the combination of tech experts and lawyers from all over the world, and of course those who fit into both categories.

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Posted by Natasha Mellersh in Access To Justice, ADR, Dispute Management, Education, ODR, Technology

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

The Global Pound Conference = A Global Workshop

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I spent the past year helping organise the Florence GPC, which took place on 9 June 2017. The experience has been inspiring and even thrilling. Above all, it has changed how I think about dispute resolution.

In order to engage different stakeholders, I often found myself explain what the GPC is, what it aims to accomplish, and how it is going about its mission.  Local institutions, speakers, chairs, potential sponsors, mediators and all the people which I have spoken to have been fascinated by the initiative, but often requiring at least 20 minutes of explanation.

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Posted by Chiara Tondini in Introductory Guide, Mediation

As An Expert: Ethan Katsh

Ethan KatshOnline dispute resolution pioneer and Director of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, Ethan Katsh, speaks about the emergence of ODR, technology and access to justice.

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Posted by Natasha Mellersh in Ask An Expert, Mediation

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