What is (and isn`t) ODR – Online Dispute Resolution?

Jason Krause, ABA Journal online, wrote a really interesting article about ODR. These are some of the most interesting ideas about it:

– The American Arbitration AssociationAAA – says ODR is used in only a small percentage of all cases settled, but it has seen recent growth. In 2006, 3,000 of the 160,000 cases the AAA handled were done digitally.

ODR, Online dispute resolution is a broad category: Any mediation, arĀ­bitration or dispute resolution that takes place outside of court and at least partially online qualifies. It differs from alternative dispute resĀ­olution, which refers to processes outside governmental jurisdiction. ODR can mean anything from e-mailing documents and evidence to using videoconferencing to bring the sides together. And it has been most effective in international or long-distance disputes involving technology issues. Continue reading What is (and isn`t) ODR – Online Dispute Resolution?

2008 International Forum on Online Dispute Resolution

2008 International Forum on Online Dispute Resolution

The 2008 International Forum on Online Dispute Resolution will take place in Victoria, British Columbia. This important conference will held at venues including Royal Roads University, and the Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific on Vancouver Island June 18-19, 2008. The photograph is of Hatley Castle at Royal Roads University. The Forum has as its purpose the bringing together of the world’s leading practitioners, academics, theorists, and online negotiation application developers, to share information, and to create a vehicle for ODR education.

The 2008 International Forum on Online Dispute Resolution in Victoria will build on the research, applications and field development discussed at other international ODR meetings and workshops that were held in Geneva (2002 and 2003), Edinburgh (2003), Melbourne (2004), Bologna (2005), Brussels (2005), Cairo (2006), and Palo Alto (2007), Liverpool (2007) and Hong Kong (2007).

The 2008 International Forum on Online Dispute Resolution will consist of two days of plenary sessions and breakout sessions. The Forum brings together the world’s leading practitioners, academics, students, and civil society to discuss the resolution of disputes using online technologies. These disputes may range from b2c (Business to consumer) to the prevention of human rights violations in conflict regions, to reconciliation of opposing groups in armed conflict, to disputes over intellectual property on the internet. It also brings together the leading technology developers who design conflict resolution platforms for use legal, commercial, or insurance related disputes (i.e. PayPal). Keynote Speakers The organizing committee of the 2008 International Forum on Online Dispute Resolution notes that we have invited two special keynote speakers, Dr. Vinton Cerf, inventor of the Internet, and Dr. Jose Ramos Horta, Pax Nobel 1996 and President of East Timor). The presence of these notable persons on the world stage as our special guests indicates the importance and relevance of the Forum’s deliberations. The keynote speakers will add their unique perspectives on the possible uses of technology and the Internet to resolve disputes and create peace. Continue reading 2008 International Forum on Online Dispute Resolution

International Online Dispute Resolution Competition Invitation 2006

International Online Dispute Resolution Competition Invitation 2006

The 5th Anniversary International Competitions for Online Dispute Resolution are open for registration! The free competitions offer law students worldwide an opportunity to practice and demonstrate their ADR and litigation skills working in a technological environment on the international plane.

The only requirements are that students have access to the internet and permission of a faculty member to participate. Student competitors are evaluated anonymously by experienced professionals from ADR and Litigation from around the world
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Online Dispute Resolution in India

The aim of this article is to analyse the prospective use of online dispute resolution mechanism (ODRM) in India. The necessity of the same has arisen due to the growing use of alternative dispute resolving mechanism (ADRM) in India to reduce the burdening of the already overburdened courts in India. The popularity and use of ADRM is increasing but it can achieve its best only if the same is integrated with the information technology.


The swift growth of e-commerce and web site contracts has increased the potential for conflicts over contracts which have been entered into online. This has necessitated a solution that is compatible with online matters and is netizens centric. This challenging task can be achieved by the use of ODRM in India. The use of ODRM to resolve such e-commerce and web site contracts disputes are crucial for building consumer confidence and permitting access to justice in an online business environment. These ODRM are not part and parcel of the traditional dispute resolution machinery popularly known as judiciary but is an alternative and efficacious institution known as ADRM. Thus, ADR techniques are extra-judicial in character. They can be used in almost all contentious matters, which are capable of being resolved, under law, by agreement between the parties. They have been employed with very encouraging results in several categories of disputes, especially civil, commercial, industrial and family disputes. These techniques have been shown to work across the full range of business disputes like banking, contract performance, construction contracts, intellectual property rights, insurance, joint ventures, partnership differences etc. ADR offers the best solution in respect of commercial disputes. However, ADR is not intended to supplant altogether the traditional means of resolving disputes by means of litigation. It only offers alternatives to litigation. There are a large number of areas like constitutional law and criminal law where ADR cannot substitute courts. In those situations one has to take recourse of the existing traditional modes of dispute resolution. Continue reading Online Dispute Resolution in India

Seventh annual online dispute resolution Cyberweek

Seventh annual online dispute resolution Cyberweek

The Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts (CITDR) invites you to participate in the seventh annual online dispute resolution Cyberweek.

This is an all-online Web based conference with no fee for participation and registration. A few of the opportunities planned for Cyberweek include: Continue reading Seventh annual online dispute resolution Cyberweek

ODR Symposium at Tilburg University (The Netherlands), 7 december 2004

Online Dispute Resolution: a Technical Solution for Conflicts

Tuesday 7 December 2004, 14:00 – 17:00 at Tilburg University, Building A, Room AZ 186
ICTs have the potential to enhance and revolutionize conflict resolution mechanisms by making these processes more efficient and cheaper. The lectures will give an in-depth introduction to the emerging field of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) and will discus the benefits of and challenges for ODR technology. Continue reading ODR Symposium at Tilburg University (The Netherlands), 7 december 2004

International Competition for Online Dispute Resolution 2003

International Competition for Online Dispute Resolution 2003

A. Background and Goal

Last year’s online negotiation competition had 12 teams from 10 schools in six countries. This year interest has been expressed on behalf of about 35 schools in 15 countries in the online arbitration, online mediation and/or online negotiation competitions being held.
The goal of the competitions is to enhance worldwide law student understanding of online dispute resolution.

All that a law student needs to participate is a computer with an internet connection, an internet browser, and a faculty sponsor.

Please note that the competitions for this year will be in English. We are endeavouring to hold future competitions in other languages.

B. Brief description of the competitions.

i. Online Arbitration Competition:
Description: International Commercial Arbitration Dispute under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.
Teams: Students compete either as advocates (teams of up to four) or as arbitrators (1 or 2 persons). Student arbitrators serve in different arbitrations from student advocates of the same school. In each arbitration, the student advocates work out the procedure with the student arbitrators and student arbitrators write an award due by mid-February. Evaluators determine the most effective advocate and arbitral tribunal teams.

Realism: To enhance the realism for the students and thanks to the kind permission of these major international arbitral institutions, the designation of the appointing authorities and the actual appointments of the student arbitrators will be done as if the students were being appointed by the Secretary General of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the UNCITRAL Committee of the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, the London Court of International Arbitration, and the International Center for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association in New York and Dublin.

Dates: Problem given out at the beginning of November, competition lasts from December 15 through end of February 2003. Continue reading International Competition for Online Dispute Resolution 2003