VIII National Conference on Conflict Prevention and Transformation

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Watch on Youtube the video of the VIII National Conference on Conflict Prevention and Transformation, organized by the Argentine Federation of Professional Councils in Economic Sciences.
Panelists from Argentina, Mexico, Spain and Uruguay!

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Negotiation and mediation through ICT
New approaches in organizational conflict management
Lights and shadows of mediation
Different views of Negotiation and Mediation

Dr C.P. Alberto I. Elisavetsky T174 F129 – President of the Executive Committee of the Conference
Dr. C.P. Débora Fortuna – Provincial Director of Mediation – Córdoba
Mr. Leonel Groisman – Director at YES – Negotiated Agreements – Uruguay
Dr C.P. Jose Rapuzzi – Professional Council of Economic Sciences of the Province of Entre Ríos
Dr. L.A. Ana Laura Marconi – General Directorate of Cadastre – Córdoba
Dr. Lawyer. Josep Redorta – Conflict Management Expert – Spain
Dr C.P. José Gabriel Germinario T310 F152 – Cost Specialist – Uruguay
Dr. C.P. Maria del Valle Vela de Cisterna – Advisory Commission for Mediation and Conflict Management CPCE Córdoba
Ocean. Juan Manuel Lobo Niembro – Director Alinea Center for Mediation and Dispute Resolution – Mexico
Dr. C.P. Alicia I. Millán T98 F232 – Director of the Mediation Center – CPCECABA
Dr. Abog. Beatriz Losada Crespo – Mediator of Collective Labor Conflict – Spain
Lic. Analía Paz – Conflict Resolution Specialist – Tucumán


The Universidad del Norte Santo Tomás de Aquino (UNSTA) joined ODR Latinoamerica to organize the face-to-face and Virtual Congress ODR Expo Tech NOA Edition, being this the first regional venue of this prestigious event.

UNSTA has been, for more than ten years, a recognized institution in the training of professional mediators in the province of Tucumán and the NOA region (Jujuy, Catamarca, San Luis, La Rioja, Tucumán y Santiago del Estero provinces). The philosophy of mediation and the appropriate resolution of conflicts are part of the vision of the university, and correspond to concrete actions and values ​​necessary for the construction of more peaceful societies.

ODR Latinoamerica is a prestigious academic and research space in the articulation of new technologies and conflict resolution with a long history in the promotion of ODR, and the continuous training courses for the different conflict operators in the public and private spheres.

Together, we intend to take this experience of transmitting knowledge and practices to different parts of the planet, for which we have developed a program that combines face-to-face and virtual sessions in a synchronous and asynchronous format, in which renowned local and international specialists will participate.

Convinced that only through joint work, collaborative learning and research within the field of conflict resolution with the use of technological means, we will be able to improve the mechanisms available so that society has a diversified system for the appropriate care of each conflict, according to its own nature. This is why we invite you to join us in this great event. Registration is for free (without certification in PDF, which is a separate paid service we offer)

It is for these reasons that, inspired by the need to continue promoting the growth of different conflict resolution methodologies mediated by the use of I&CT, and hoping to be able to share local developments with the experiences of prestigious professionals from different parts of the world, that we proudly organized this event. Hope you can join us!

New Study Plans in ODR are new experiences for students

The National University of Tres de Febrero Argentina (UNTREF), for its University Degree in Conflict Resolution and Mediation face-to-face and distance modalities, is pleased to announce that, with the approval of the Ministry of Education, the subject “Online Conflict Resolution” has been included in the study plan with a four-month workload of 64 hours lecture.

The dictation of the same has been carried out the two semesters of the current year and Alberto Elisavetsky have had the honor of being the tenured professor.

At the end of the course, we asked the students for a video on the positive and negative of the assigned task, to articulate the resolution of conflicts with new technologies.

We share with you one of them that I consider synthesizes the learning experience

Article by María Victoria Marun: Alvin Toffler, ODR, The Red Queen, and the Pandemic

August 2021 – Posted on


Much has been written about the future. However, when we read about “what will come” we see it as “something far away”. It is a perception that is always accompanied by the certainty of the present and the randomness of “tomorrow” (most likely we think “We don’t know what is going to happen and… if it will happen). 

It has cost us, human beings, and it is difficult for us to understand what are the steps we must take in order to reach the future. This is so, because making this reflection forces us to think about  the simple, ordinary and everyday things that normally fill our days with occupations, and imagine them in a change, for example, the products we buy, the places we frequent, the social organizations in which we live, the people who integrate our lives, our jobs and / or professions, the lifestyle we live in the present, etc. Probing these these aspects, thinking about their future reality, is not an easy task because it takes us out of the comfort zone that the present gives us, because in our present is “what we know about life”.

Alvin Toffler, in his work “Shock of the Future” said that the individual to survive, to avoid what the author calls “shock of the future”, must become infinitely more adaptable and sagacious than at any time before. However, before human beings can do this, they must understand in more detail how the effects of acceleration influence their  personal life, creep into their behavior, and alter their quality of existence. In other words: We must understand transience. That idea of ??transience of which the author speaks confronts us with a truth ”What today is… tomorrow may not be”. And this is what has happened to us worldwide with the serious  COVID19 pandemic, which has come to modify all that present that we had not long  ago, in our way of life, our customs, the rules of coexistence developed by different countries, etc. .All that social construction that we had for many years, until a year  ago, we realize that they no longer serve us, and most importantly, we are not sure if they will serve us again. Because there is no doubt that when the COVID19 Pandemic passes, it will be very possible that the reality of the world has changed and we need to continue building new ways of coping with existence, as world history has shown us each time a similar situation raised

And, within this great change that we are travelling at high speed, is the way in which we have been applying procedures for the resolution of conflicts, in that relatively slow evolution, -compared to today-,  in which we have been sustaining for several years, from the RAD (Alternative Dispute Resolution) methods, to the RDL (Online Dispute Resolution), a topic that we propose to address in this work.-


Alvin Toffler predicted that “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but rather those who cannot learn, forget learning, and learn again.”

Toffler also predicted the spread of interactive media, internet chat rooms, and devices that remind you of “your own dates.”

“Advanced technology and information systems will make it possible for much of society’s work to be done at home via telecommunications over computer connections.”

The author said that the development of information and communication technologies would allow previously unthinkable benefits. An example of these benefits is  telework, predicted for the third wave. However, the educational aspects of this wave seem to have preserved the characteristics of the second wave, this is, education continued in the third wave, under the needs of the second wave.

But in terms of RDL (Online Dispute Resolution – ODR -, there was a group of pioneers in the world,  (Professor Ethan Katch and his team),   who saw  the need to value the existence of ICT, and apply them to Conflict Resolution Systems, and  they gave rise to RDL. Since 1996 the “National Center for New Technologies Applied to Dispute Resolution” at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, focused its research on exploring different ways that allow articulate Conflict Resolution and the use of New Information and Communication Technologies to manage cross-border problems derived from electronic commerce, as a founding activity. The group of experts in charge of this reaserch perceived that the Internet would generate the opening of an appropriate communicational space to solve conflicts.

In Argentina, we have also had a pioneer in ODR issues. Since 2006, Dr. Alberto Elisavetsky has investigated the characteristics, possibilities and limitations of the so-called  “online conflict resolution methods” (RDL). The origin of the analysis abaut the posibility of application in contemporary society of these mechanisms came from the studies carried out by the group of academics led by Professor Ethan Katsh, creator of the National Center for New Technologies Applied to the Resolution of Disputes of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Also, Dr. Alberto Elisavetsky created ODR Latin America, – a Social, Scientific and Academic Network-,  that has brought together all of us who believe in the ODR system, organizing countless events around the world, exploring possibilities and encouraging the use of ODR as an alternative method of Resolution. Conflict, warning different responses. Some people  convinced about the real possibilities of this online method to resolve conflicts and others situated in their comfort zone, wondering “What for?”.

The COVID 19 Pandemic had to arrive in an untimely, precipitous, defiant and threatening way, so that we all are able  now to understand, what Alvin Toffler wanted to warn about in the mid-1970s, and what proclaimed  and still continue  Professors of the National Center for New Technologies Applied to Dispute Resolution of the University of Massachusetts, next to their  teams and disciples.


The statement known as “The Red Queen effect” derives from the passage of the book “Alice Through the Looking Glass” , a continuation of the children’s novel “Alice in Wonderland”, in which Alice, running without stopping, dragged by the Red Queen’s hand, who was screaming “faster! faster!” thought “I wonder if things are moving with us? and the Queen, guessing her thoughts, shouted  her: Faster, don’t try to speak! “…

When they stopped for a moment “Alicia, surprised, looked around her: – I think we’ve been under this tree all the time!.  Everything is the same as it was -Of course! -said the Queen- ¿How was it going to be? Well, in my country, -said Alice, still panting,-,  if you run so fast for so long, you usually get somewhere else … “A rather slow country!”  replied the Queen. “Here, you have to run everything possible to stay in the same place. To get to another place you have to run twice as fast “

Leigh Van Valen, in an article entitled “A new evolutionary law”, raised in 1979 the Red Queen hypothesis as an ecological and evolutionary principle, which would later become known as the Red Queen Hypothesis, which describes that continuous improvement . of the species  is necessary, only with the objective of maintaining their status quo with the environment. Transferring this concept to our much appreciated task in Online Conflict Resolution, we must say that from many years ago, we “came running” like Alice, trying to get ODR to keep up with the times, to reach this moment when the pandemic situation, desperately has claimed for the use of ODR, as an alternative means to allow access to justice for so many people who cannot leave their homes due to the regulations that have been imposed in order to avoid contagion. .


Dr. Alberto Elisavetsky in a conference at the annual Meeting of Mediators in the City of La Plata. Buenos Aires, Argentina,, on November 13, 2018, stated “face-to-face mediation is over”.  Probably,  many people didn’t understand the meaning of his words.

Since that date, a short time has passed, and we are able today to see that the future  has already arrived. We find ourselves swimming the waters of the “future of Alvin Toffler” and running the “race of the Red Queen and Alice”. An example of this is that ODR Latin America with its Director Alberto Elisavetsky, and the team of academic professionals who support him, have developed and go on developing training courses, for  mediators in the field of On line Dispute Resolution, because of the request of Government agencies and / or Private Organizations, giving them the capabilities of the e-mediator in Argentine Provinces of Córdoba, Mendoza, Salta, Neuquén, Buenos Aires, and in countries as  Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Spain, Costa Rica, etc ..-

We must say that the pandemic situation that we are facing globally has brought us closer to that future that many saw so distant. This is the future. It just has come. It’s here.  We must be prepared, understanding that the world in which we have lived these first decades of the 21st century has changed and will continue changing rapidly … all the governments of the planet, even those of the most developed countries, are finding  this  coping, this accommodation. to the circumstances, in order to continue providing the fulfillment of the human rights of their  inhabitants. And, all of us,  who have valued and worked for a long time in the field of On line Conflict Resolution, we have been able to verify that we were right when we pondered this system, because it has become an excellent alternative, so that, despite the factual situation of the pandemic, all the people can continue to exercise their right of access to justice.


ELISAVETSKY Alberto “La Mediación a la luz de las nuevas Tecnologías” Ed. Erreius- BsAs

Lewis Carroll  Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There)?  1871

Toffler A. Traducción de J. Ferrer Aleu. (1973). El “shock” del futuro. Barcelona España. Plaza & Janes, S.A, Editores.

Toffler, A. (1985). La tercera ola. Barcelona: Orbis.

VAN Valen Leigh A NEW EVOLI.NIONANY LAW – Department of Biology The University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois 60537- 1979

Biography: María Victoria Marun

Attorney Mediator and Senior Lecturer in Law. University Teaching Specialist. Director at Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution of the Bar and Solicitors of the 3rd Legal Circumscription Mendoza. Argentina. University Teaching. Trainer in School Law and Conflict Resolution in Educational Institutions. Investigator ad hoc at Social Conflict Observatory of the National University of Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Founder member of ODR Latin Ameríca Academy. Director at Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution of the Bar and Solicitors of the 3rd Legal Circumscription Mendoza. Argentina. University Teaching. Trainer in School Law and Conflict Resolution in Educational Institutions. Investigator ad hoc at Social Conflict Observatory of the National University of Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Founder member of ODR Latin Ameríca Academy

The new book Mediación en el mundo/Mediation in the world is now online and available in PDF

You can read the PDF on our blog (Spanish only):
With great joy we bring you the PDF of the book MEDIACIÓN EN EL MUNDO, by the hand of its coordinators Daniela Almirón and Gabriel Tubio.
Alberto Elisavetsky participates with a chapter dedicated to ODR, “More than a decade for a self-fulfilling prophecy”, together with prominent authors from Argentina, Spain, Chile, Brazil, Paraguay, Mexico and Italy.

Mediación en el mundo – Book cover

#odr #mediation #book #mediationtheworldbook #management #conflict resolution

More than 200 mediators attend TODRA’s presentation in ODR LATINOAMERICA PRESENTS Cycle

Todra is a platform designed for lawyers and mediators with the aim of serving clients and resolving disputes 100% online.

Todra is LATAM’s first under this format and has already received inquiries from Spain, Colombia and Paraguay. Currently the venture is validating the business model in Argentina and then making it scalable throughout the region. The beta version has already been successfully tested and the market insertion stage is now beginning.

Watch Todra’s Presentation at ODR LATIONAMERICA PRESENTS Cycle! (Spanish only)


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1.- How to organize the professional’s agenda.

2.- How to make an appointment with a professional.

3.- How to organize a mediation and notify the parties (only for mediators).

4.- How to use the electronic signature service.

5.- How to upload files to the cloud.

ODR EXPO.TECH 2021 – English Chapter: the complete recorded session

We’re glad to share the full recording of ODR EXPO.TECH 2021 English Chapter with you! Hope you enjoy the great day we had on April 29, with all the ODR expert Platform specialists.

Alberto Elisavetsky, Ana Sambold, Colin Rule, Chris Draper, Rachelly Ashwall, Graham Ross, Laura May Skillen, Mark Likhten, Mireze Philippe, Katrine A. Larsen, Damian Croker & Joe Al-Khayat, Kathryn Hughes, Morenike Obi-Farinde, Dan Rainey.