December 2015 Archives

Consumer Arbitration: Five Things to look for in 2016

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2016 ACR-GNY Annual Conference - Accepting Proposals

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The Association for Conflict Resolution - Greater New York Chapter (ACR-GNY) is pleased to announce we are now accepting proposals for our 2016 Annual Conference.

ACR-GNY is committed to advancing the field of ADR by providing programming on current topics impacting the field of conflict resolution. Our 2016 Annual Conference, set for June 16 at Cardozo Law School, is an opportunity for conflict resolution professionals from all disciplines to learn and network.

ACR-GNY encourages you to participate in the 2016 ACR-GNY Annual Conference by filling out the session submission form. The deadline for submitting a session is February 15. Session topics can cover the full conflict resolution spectrum, including business/commercial, community, restorative justice, societal, peacebuilding, organizational, governmental, and interpersonal issues. Additionally, ACR-GNY welcome sessions on relevant skills and practice, marketing, and career building.

Their dynamic 2015 Annual Conference included 20 concurrent sessions with over 50 presenters. It was a phenomenal effort and one of the most talked about conflict resolution events of the year. They look forward to your participation to help bring our 2016 Conference to even greater heights. The 2016 Annual Conference theme, 'Bridging the Divide,' is especially relevant in today's complex societal and political climate - where conflict resolution plays an increasingly important role in business, in our communities, and in our society.


International Census Research on the State of Mediation Today

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The International Mediation Institute ("IMI") is conducting international census research on the state of mediation today (please see this link:

The survey will be screening the following perspectives:
• Those who (may) use mediation ("Users")
• Those who (may) recommend using mediation as an external counsel, consultant, or User representative ("Advisors")
• Those who conduct mediations ("Mediators")
• Those who teach or train students, Mediators or Advisors ("Educators")
• Those who study mediation ("Students")
• Those who arrange and administer mediations and/or provide other products/services to the ADR community ("Providers"); and
• Governments, NGOs and other potential stakeholders of mediation("Stakeholders").

We are looking for your help to spread the word to obtain the largest and most diverse possible international census. In addition to taking the survey yourself, could we please ask that you distribute this survey throughout your organization as well as other organizations which may encompass any of the above perspectives? (Please note that the survey has an added incentive for a chance to participate in the largest global forum on conflict management, the Global Pound Conference, currently scheduled for 36 cities in 26 countries -- see the survey cover).

Your assistance would be invaluable to us and we thank you in advance for your time and cooperation in "Promoting Consensus & Access to Justice".



Deborah Masucci
Chair, IMI Board of Directors

Ute A. Joas Quinn
Chair, IMI Board Resources Committee


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An article by David Loewenstein.

Pitfalls in Drafting Arbitration Clauses .pdf

How much should arbitrators in a three person Tribunal discuss amongst themselves any of the substantive issues in the case prior to the close of testimony? Please provide your comments/thoughts below.

Arbitrators Discussing Mediation - What are your thoughts?


Do arbitrators have any role in mentioning mediation as an option to the parties? Please provide your thoughts/comment below.

Arbitrators Serving as Consultants - What are your thoughts?


Should an arbitrator serve as an arbitration consultant to a party that was previously before her/him in an unrelated arbitration matter? If yes, how soon after the previous case would you deem this to be acceptable? Please provide your thoughts/comments below.

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