Thursday, March 7, 2019

Advances in Comparative and Transnational ADR: Research into Practice Conference (8-9 March 2019, HKU)

"Advances in Comparative and Transnational ADR: Research into Practice"
8, 9 March 2019; 11th Floor Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
Preliminary Program
Friday March 8th
Dean Michael Hor, University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law
Opening remarks:
Shahla Ali, University of Hong Kong
09:15 –
Session 1 – Methodological Considerations in Comparative and Transnational ADR
Chair: Zhao Yun
Discussant: Lola Akin Ojelabi
·Matthew Erie, “The Third Eye: The Problem of Method in the Study of Transnational Dispute Resolution”
·Michael Palmer, “Modes of Dispute Response: Reconnecting the Range”
·Shahla Ali, “Advancing Research and Practice in Dispute Resolution Institutions through Inclusive Devolved Reflection”

Morning Break

Session 2 – Comparative ADR Ethics, Standards and Jurisprudential Ideals
Chair: Keith Hawkins
Discussant: Kerstin Bree Carlson
·Deborah Hensler, “Re-Inventing Arbitration: How Expanding the Scope of Arbitration is Re-Shaping its Form and Blurring the Line Between Private and Public Adjudication”
·Michal Alberstein, “Between Summary Trials and ADR”
·Lola Akin Ojelabi, “The Challenges of Developing Global Ethical Standards for ADR Practice”
·Zachary R. Calo, “Legal Ethics and Transnational Dispute Resolution”
·Dorcas Quek, “A New Chapter in the Cross-Border Enforcement of Mediated Settlement Agreements: The Elevated Role of Mediation Standards in Procedural and Substantive Justice”
Lunch for Speakers/Chairs 

Session 3 – Comparative Approaches in Conciliation and Arbitration
Chair: Tania Sourdin
Discussant: Luigi Cominelli
·Anselmo Reyes, “The Use of Conciliation and Litigation by the Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission”
·Manuel Gomez, “Talk to Me: The Upsurge of International Arbitration-Related Conferences and their Impact on Academia, the Industry and the Legal Profession”
·Gu Weixia, “Arbitration in Comparative Perspectives”

Session 4 – Comparative ADR in Peace building, Health Care and Disasters
Chair: Eric Feldman
Discussant: Matthew Erie
·Kerstin Bree Carlson, “Peace Through Law: A Hybrid Tribunal for Divided South Sudan”
·Eric Feldman, “Recent Developments in Victim Compensation for the Fukushima Disaster” [TBC]
·Nadav Davidovitch, “Dealing with Conflicts in Health Care Systems: Form Clinical Medicine to Public Health Settings”
·Martin Lau, “TBC: ADR in Pakistan”

Session 5 – ADR Developments and Reform in Mainland China
Chair: Michael Palmer
Discussant: Sida Liu
·He Xin, “Flexibility and Authority: Resolving Labor Disputes in a County Government in Western China”
·Kwai Ng, “Wearing Two Hats – Problems of Judicial Mediation as Seen from China”
·Chao Xi, “Negotiations in the Shadow of Shareholder Activism”
·Sida Liu, “The Spaces of Global China: Hong Kong as a Frontier for Chinese Law Firms”
·Ling Zhou, “Forum Shopping in a World of Mixed Processes: China’s Professional Litigants”
·Yang Lin, “New Developments in Online Dispute Resolution in China”
Closing remarks
Dinner hosted by HKU (by invitation only)

Saturday March 9th

Session 6 – Mediation Developments in the Context of Civil Justice Reforms
Chair: Mark Feldman
·Tania Sourdin, “When is the Best time to Mediate? Considering Early Mediation”
·Luigi Cominelli, “Mediation Models and the Impact of the 52/2008 Directive on Civil and Commercial Mediation in Europe”
·Pablo Cortes, “Imbedding Mediation in the Civil Justice System”
·Nadja Alexander, “International Comparison of Regulatory Systems for Mediation”
·Francis Law, “TBC”
Closing remarks and next steps
Lunch hosted by HKU (by invitation only)

Conference Theme:

The focus of the forum is on exploring the challenges and opportunities in understanding and assessing developments in systems of dispute resolution in diverse social and political contexts through comparative research. Papers may cover topics such as practical considerations in conducting comparative work in the field of transnational and comparative dispute resolution, insights from recent studies, and consideration of how research may inform policy reform in ADR institutions regionally and transnationally. We hope the forum will facilitate research collaboration that will also translate into positive policy applications and directions for future study.

*Transnational Dispute Management (TDM, ISSN 1875-4120) is a comprehensive and innovative information service on the management of international disputes, with a focus on the rapidly evolving area of investment arbitration, but also in other significant areas of international investment (such as oil, gas, energy, infrastructure, mining, utilities etc).
It deals both with formal adjudicatory procedures (mainly investment and commercial arbitration), but also mediation/ADR methods, negotiation and managerial ways to manage transnational disputes efficiently. See for more information. You can apply for a free OGEMID trial membership and students can sign up for Young-OGEMID (which is free)

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