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National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution
April 2010  
ABA Section of Dispute Resolution 
Annual Meeting
April 8-10, 2010 
If you are attending the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution annual meeting in San Francisco, ODR is being featured in the following sessions:

  • What Can We Learn From the Use of Online Dispute Resolution by Federal Agencies (Thursday April 8th, 2:30 - 3:45)
  • The Electronic Information Juggernaut: Taking Aim at ADR (Friday April 9th, 10:15 - 11:45) 
  • Got Game? Using Game Theory to Understand, Manage, and Resolve Disputes (Thursday April 8th, 1 - 2:15)
  • Virtual Virtues: Wrestling with the Ethical Dilemmas of an Online Practice (Thursday April 8th, 1 - 2:15)
2010 International ODR Forum
Buenos Aires, Argentina
June 2-3, 2010

The 2010 International ODR Forum is the first ODR Foum to be held in South America. Information about registration, the program and other details is available here. Please direct any questions to Alberto Elisavetsky or  Ethan Katsh This is the 9th Internation ODR Forum. Previous meetings were held in Geneva, Melbourne, Cairo, Liverpool, Hong Kong, Victoria (Canada) and Haifa (Israel).
New National Science Foundation Grant
During the past five years, NCTDR has collaborated with the UMass Computer Science Department and the National Mediation Board in two significant National Science Foundation research projects. Along with Dr. Beverly Woolf of the Computer Science Department, a new NSF grant has been approved.. The research project, also funded for three years, is "The Fourth Party: Improving Computer-Mediated Deliberation through Cognitive, Social and Emotional Support." The goal is "develop and evaluate software to support people engaged in online social deliberation, especially as it relates to online dispute resolution and collaborative inquiry.
ODR and Electronic Medical Records
The Obama administraiton is funding what it hopes will be a large-scale adoption of patient-accessible electronic medical records. In May of 2009, NCTDR co-sponsored a workshop in Washington, DC that focused on problems that are likely to arise and solutions that might be possible as this occurs. The Department of Health and Human Services has decided to provide support for further study of this issue and NCTDR will be working with the National Opinion Research Center on this project.
Painting from the Same Palette: Murals and the Art of Conflict Transformation
NCTDR is co-sponsor of the The Art of Conflict Transformation in the north of Ireland/Northern Ireland Event Series where artists-in-residence Danny Devenny and Mark Ervine will examine the role of art in the conflict and in the transformation to peace and will collaboratively paint murals at UMass Amherst and in Springfield, Mass.

Devenny is a former Irish Republican Army prisoner, and Ervine is the son of David Ervine, former Progressive Unionist Party leader and Ulster Volunteer Force member. They will be working with the UMass community members to create a massive mural for the campus. Information about participating in this event and a look at a previous mural is available at  Our congratulations to Leah Wing for organizing this project.
Fulbright award
Ethan Katsh, Director of NCTDR, has been selected as the 2010-2011 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Haifa School of Law in Israel. He will be working with the Center for Law and Technology on ODR issues.
Recent ODR Meeting 
"A Fresh Look at Online Dispute Resolution and Global E-Commerce"
 March 29-30, 2010
Sponsored by UNCITRAL, the Pace Institute of International Commercial Law, and Penn State Dickinson School of Law a two-day colloquium analyzing the current cross-border legal frameworks for e-commerce, existing mechanisms for online dispute resolution, and exploring the practicalities of establishing a future global ODR system for both B2B and B2C disputes. Further information about the meeting can be obtained from Professor Vikki Rogers of Pace Law School
Please feel free to contact us about our ODR.INFO Web site or any of our projects

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