Online Dispute Resolution (‘ODR’) refers to the use of technology to support the settlement of civil and commercial disputes. Platforms appeared two decades ago offering a plethora of online processes for different types of disputes. ODR has grown exponentially and offers unique features for handling millions of disputes annually and has the potential to significantly increase access to justice across all legal jurisdictions.
One of the objectives of the conference is to demystify ODR and to explain why and how it offers increased access to information and justice, a great value in all societies and of particular importance in emerging economies, conflict zones and remote places where individuals do not even have the benefit of judiciaries to resolve their disputes. The conference will explore innovative applications of information communications technology that are playing a valuable role in promoting access to justice.
ODR 2017 will demonstrate how online programmes may be implemented to benefit the administration of dispute resolution, and the direct benefits to our civil, societal and commercial life in general. The ultimate results are the benefits that individuals, societies, businesses and courts draw from facilitated resolution of disputes and avoidance of bureaucracy.
Purpose of the event:
- Clarify the benefits of information and communication technology as a tool for promoting increased access to information and justice
- Inform and familiarise participants with dispute resolution mechanisms using information and communication technology
- Encourage the organisation of sustainable projects to educate populations particularly in emerging economies about access to justice and the possibility of resolving disputes online
- Gather stakeholders particularly those in France, involved or interested in online dispute resolution
- Offer opportunities for ODR providers, including providers in France, to present their platforms ex. e-Just (France), AnOliveBranch (Ireland), Modria (USA)
- Familiarise the participants with the value and benefits of online dispute resolution platforms and programmes and demonstrate what can be achieved concretely through such platforms
- Take stock of pilot projects, platforms and initiatives undertaken in France and worldwide, by organisations, tribunals, providers, schools and commercial entities
- Exchange views about the ethics and future of ODR
Who should attend?
- Legal and dispute resolution communities including Judiciary and academics
- Corporation representatives
- Dispute resolution institutions
- Dispute resolution providers
- EU, national and state governmental departments in charge of consumer disputes programmes
- Start-ups as well as established global companies
- Academics and researchers
- IT schools and schools with pilot projects
- Non-governmental organisations
- Any person interested by ODR