Time for field-wide governance for ODR? It’s certainly time to talk about it

A new article entitled ‘No Sheriff in Town: Governance for the ODR Field’ has appeared in Negotiation Journal’s latest volume. In it, Noam Ebner and John Zeleznikow review current trends in the field of ODR, including its embrace by organizations in the ADR and legal world, and  the territory it is rapidly gaining with international institutions and systems around the world. Against this background, they survey the relatively low level of internal governance in ODR – organizations, standards of practice, ethical guidelines and accreditation programs are, at best, few and far between. The authors survey a variety of approach to organizing governance in professional fields, and suggest that the ODR field engage in conversation around considering a suitable governance map for itself. Without advocating for any particular model of governance, they raise a simple consideration in favor of urgency: If the ODR field does not set up its own model and structures of governance, external players and bodies will do so in its place.

One such conversation will take place during Cyberweek 2016. In the opening webinar, on Oct. 31st at 4pm Eastern US time, Noam Ebner and John Zeleznikow will review the already existing elements of governance in the ODR field, point out what is missing, and invite participants to raise their own ideas and suggestions for suitable approaches to governance and to discussing governance issues.

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Cyberweek 2015 Call for Proposals – extended deadline



It is time once to prepare for the annual conference on Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), Cyberweek 2015.  This online conference provides a week of activities and dialogue regarding the world of ODR.  Cyberweek 2015 will take place beginning Monday, November 2nd and running through Friday, November 6thAnd it’s FREE!

We are currently in the process of identifying potential activities for the conference.  Here are some questions to help you consider developing a proposal.

Is there an ODR topic on which you would like to give a live webinar?  How will those interested in ODR benefit from your expertise? Would you like to convene a panel of 2-3 speakers on a topic?

Do you have a burning question relevant to the world of ODR you feel would benefit from a large discussion?  Would you be interested in facilitating a discussion forum based on these questions?  How do you envision initiating this conversation? Is there anyone else you would ask to take part?

Do you have an ODR related product you would like to demonstrate to a large audience of scholars, practitioners, and students?

Do you have suggestions for organizing activities (simulations, competitions, podcasts, or anything else) that would enhance the Cyberweek experience?

Do you have a topic that may be valuable to a newcomer to ODR?  Do you have a topic that may be interesting to a longtime ODR practitioner?

If you would like to propose any type of learning experience for Cyberweek 2015, please contact Richard Todd at rltodd36@gmail.com or Noam Ebner at NoamEbner@creighton.edu by September 7th, 2015

**Once again Cyberweek will have a Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian track.  Unlike past years, activities in these languages will be presented on the main Cyberweek platform, ADRHub.com.  To propose activities in these languages, please contact Alberto Elisavetsky at Elisavetsky@gmail.com.

This will be the 18th iteration of Cyberweek.  Since 2010, the Werner Institute has been assisting in the facilitation of Cyberweek by hosting it on the website www.ADRHub.com.  Via this platform, thousands of participants have engaged in conversations with students, faculty members, and practitioners interested in the integration of technology into our dispute resolution processes.  Once again, Cyberweek will be packed with engaging discussions forums, webinars, podcasts, demonstrations, simulations, and contests.  We are also planning to integrate many of the latest innovations in social media to create an interesting and informative event.