Upcoming conference on investor-state dispute settlement system design

From the publisher of Transnational Dispute Management: The Wilson Center will host a panel to examine practical suggestions for reform of the current system of resolving international investment treaty disputes. The increase in cases against States and their challenge to public policy measures has generated a strong debate, usually framed by complaints about a perceived … Continue reading Upcoming conference on investor-state dispute settlement system design

What is (A)DR About?

Does ADR include trials? I know, I know. This sounds like another one of my dumb questions. Although I have a pretty broad conception of DR, my initial reaction was that trial is one of the few procedures I would exclude from DR. As described below, on reflection, I probably would include trials. More importantly, … Continue reading What is (A)DR About?

Student Writing Competition About Ferguson and Related Events

My colleague, S.I. Strong, is coordinating a student writing competition about the events in Ferguson as follows: The University of Missouri is sponsoring a student writing competition analyzing the events in Ferguson (and elsewhere) from a dispute resolution / conflicts resolution perspective, as described on the competition website.  The deadline is relatively soon — February … Continue reading Student Writing Competition About Ferguson and Related Events

On “Forced” Arbitration

Over the past year or so, critics of consumer and employment arbitration have coined a new term for what ADR scholars have historically called mandatory pre-dispute arbitration: “forced arbitration.” The most prominent example appears in the recent film produced by the Alliance for Justice titled Lost in the Fine Print. Narrated by Robert Reich, the movie draws on … Continue reading On “Forced” Arbitration