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International Competition for Online Dispute Resolution 2003
Posted on Wednesday, October 23 @ 22:33:15 CEST by eglobal

Events and Courses on ADR/ODR A Colleague writes "ICODR 2003 is the second international competition for online dispute resolution produced by the Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Hamline University School of Law. ICODR 2003 will feature online arbitration, mediation, and negotiation competitions culminating in Cyberweek 2003 (February 24 - 28, 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.

ii. Online Mediation Competition
Description: Commercial Dispute Mediations
Teams: Students compete as advocates (team of up to two) and as mediators (1 or 2 persons). Student mediators serve in different mediations from the student advocates of the same school. Evaluators determine the most effective teams and mediators in a two round competition (one week for the first round and one day for the second round)

Dates: Problems given out in January, competition is last 10 days of February.

iii. Online Negotiation Competition
Description: Commercial Dispute Negotiations
Teams: Students compete as advocates (team of up to two). Evaluators determine the most effective team in a two round competition (one week for the first round and one day for the second round)

Dates: Problems given out in January, competition is last 10 days of February.

An evaluator watches what happens in one online work area where the students are acting as advocate, arbitral tribunal or mediator. The evaluator then evaluates the students on nine criteria and their evaluations and comments are sent via a website form to the Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution. The evaluator can do this at their leisure with the evaluations due in the last week of February.

These evaluations are tabulated by the Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution of the University of Massachusetts to determine the most effective teams at the end of ADRCyberweek 2003.

The most effective teams earn Gold, Silver or Bronze Medals.

C. Evaluators

Evaluators (as of October 18) are distinguished international lawyers, professors and business persons coming from 12 countries on four continents.

· Arif Ali, Fulbright and Jaworski, USA
· Thomas Allen, Ogilvy and Renault, Canada
· Tony Belak, Entrepreneur/ADR Practitioner, USA
· Geoffrey M. Beresford Hartwell, Professor University of Glamorgan Law School, United Kingdom
· Lyne Boinat, LBMB Notaires Associes, France - mediation
· Alex Blumrosen, Bernard-Hertz-Bejot, France
· John Allen Chalk, Sr., Whitaker Chalk, USA - arbitration or mediation
· Kelvin Chin, Entrepreneur/Technologist, USA
· Alfonso Alvarez Calderon , Cybertribunal Peruano, Peru
· Charles W. Crumpton, Stanton Clay Chapman Crumpton & Iwamura, Hawaii, USA
· Cheri Eklund, Canada - arbitration
· Wayne I. Fagan, Soules & Wallace, USA
· Dennis Foster, Alcatel, France
· Llew Gibbons, Professor of Law, University of Toledo, USA
· Christopher Gibson, Steptoe and Johnson, United Kingdom
· Sally Harpole, Sally Harpole and Co, Hong Kong, China
· Karin Helmlinger, ADR Practitioner, Peru
· Michael Hwang, Allen and Gledhill, Singapore
· Christopher Koch, Georgana & Koch, Counselors at Law, Greece
· Anne Larkin, ADR Practitioner, USA
· Roderick B. Mathews, Troutman Sanders, USA

Doug Earl McClaren, Bechtel, USA
Stefan Naumann, Cabinet Denton Sales Vincent et Thomas, France
Fredrik Norburg, Mannheimer, Swartling Advokatbyra, Sweden - arbitration
Myra Orlen, Professor of Law, Western New England College of Law, USA
Lucille M. Ponte, Professor of Law, Bentley College, Law Department, USA - mediation or negotiation
· Arthur W. Rovine, Baker and McKenzie, USA
· Alice Sullivan, Judge (Ret.), USA

Erik Schaefer, Germany - arbitration or mediation
· Ercus Stewart, S.C., Ireland
· Nagib Tabet, France
· Lim Lei Theng, Singapore
· Magda Theodate, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, France

Alexander Yanos, Freshfields, USA

D. Law school interest

We greatly appreciate the expressions of interest from students, professors, alumni and/or interested professionals on behalf of:

· Cardozo Law School, USA
· Catholic Leuven University, Belgium
· City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
· Duke University, USA
· Edinburgh University, Scotland, UK
· Georgetown University, USA
· Hamline University School of Law, USA
· Harvard Law School, USA
· Loyola Law School - Chicago, USA
· Ohio State University, USA
· St. Mary's University School of Law
· Santa Clara University School of Law
· Southern Methodist University, USA
· Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, USA

University of British Columbia, Canada
· UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, USA
· University of Cork, Ireland
· University of Illinois College of Law, USA
· University of Miami, USA
· University of Montreal, Canada
· University of Missouri-Columbia, USA
· Univ. of Ottawa, Canada
· University of Paris, France
· University of Perth, Australia
· University of Queensland, Australia
· Victoria Univ. of Wellington, New Zealand
· A Belgian Law School (to be determined), c/o Caroline Hanotiau
· A Chilean Law School (to be determined), c/o Jose Manuel Simian Lopez
· Another Chinese Law School (to be determined), c/o Jeffrey Xiaomin Meng
· A Malaysian Law School (to be determined), c/o Cecil W. M. Abraham
· A Moldovan Law School (to be determined), c/o Mrs. Maria Corfanenco
· A Mexican Law School (to be determined), c/o Carlos Loperena
· A Nigerian Law School (to be determined), c/o Paschal Madu
· A Swedish Law School (to be determined), c/o Fredrik Norburg

E. American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section 2003 Mid-Year meeting panel

The competitions will be the subject of a panel entitled "International Competitions for Online Dispute Resolution: Connecting Law Students Worldwide" at the American Bar Association Mid-Year meeting on March 20-22, 2002 in San Antonio. Please watch the San Antonio conference portion of the ABA website for dates at www.abanet.org/dispute.

F. International sponsors

As part of this process, an effort is being made to include as many types of technology service providers as possible so that students may have experience with a variety of platforms. Last year, we were pleased to select Online Resolution.com as the service provider for the negotiation competition.

This year, we are pleased that Thomson West corporation, and eRoom Technology, Inc. are international sponsors and service providers of ICODR 2003. They are providing the West WorkSpace technology platform for the arbitration, mediation and part of the negotiation competition.

We are also pleased that Squaretrade.com is the other international service provider for the negotiation competition.

The hypotheticals are being created with the assistance of the Harvard Program on Negotiation.

Law school sponsors for ICODR 2003 are Hamline University School of Law and Texas Wesleyan University School of Law

G. Organizers

Benjamin Davis (Associate Professor, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, USA),
Alan Gaitenby (Professor and Assistant Director, Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution, University of Massachusetts, USA),

Ayesha Hassan (Senior Policy Manager, E-Business, IT and Telecoms, International Chamber of Commerce, France),
Ethan Katsh (Professor and Director, Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution, University of Massachusetts, USA),

David Larson (Professor and Senior Fellow Dispute Resolution Institute, Hamline University School of Law, USA), and
Franklin G. Snyder (Associate Professor, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, USA)

Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can provide additional information. Thank you for your consideration of this information note.

Benjamin Davis
Associate Professor
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
1515 Commerce Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Tel.: 1 817 212 3915
Fax: 1 817 212 3965
E-mail:bdavis@law.txwes.edu"

 
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