ODR Forum Reminder – November 14-15

From my colleague, Amy Schmitz:

This is a further reminder I am sending out on behalf of Professor Ian Macduff, who is the Director of the NZ Centre for ICT Law at the University of Auckland.   This reminder is about the 18th ODR Forum, to be hosted by the NZ Centre for ICT Law in the School of Law at Auckland University, on the 14th & 15th November, 2018.

The ODR Forum is the key annual event for those working and innovating across the array of fields of practice and development in providing access to justice and dispute resolution through information technology.  Each year, the Forum has witnessed the growth of the field and of the potential to enhance our justice options, whether in innovations in court practice, advances in access to legal information for prospective litigants or, more recently, in the uses of blockchain in securing self-executing contracts or providing enduring identity for refugees.

On behalf of the ICT Law Centre and the community of ODR pioneers who continue to shape this work, Professor Macduff warmly invites you to join the Forum in Auckland in November.

Some information for your consideration:

  1. The website for the Forum.
  2. Registration: Please register at this link  and note that Early Bird registration closes on 14 September 2018
  3. Programme and presentations: the programme is still being developed and, of course the shape of the programme will depend on the contributions offered by many of those attending. We currently have proposals on, amongst other things, blockchain and smart contracts; a panel on ethics and new developments in IT/AI and dispute resolution; a survey of developments in ODR and tribunals; a panel on standards in ODR; a panel on the role of ICT in violent conflict and civil unrest; a presentation (possibly via Skype) on British Columbia’s Civil Resolution Tribunal; and more. Please consider offering a topic for panel discussion, and submit your proposals here.  In doing so, do please note the broad themes of the Forum: Innovation and Impact. All proposals will be considered by the Forum’s programme committee.
  4. Travel: your own travel agents will note that a number of major airlines offer direct services to Auckland. For travel within New Zealand, pre- or post-Forum, please contact Monica Sawant whose contact details are here.


Amy J. Schmitz
Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor of Law
University of Missouri School of Law


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