Join us for the ODR Forum October 11-12 in Montréal! The 23rd International ODR Forum will be held at the Cyberjustice Laboratory of the Université de Montréal.

The 23rd International ODR Forum is a two-day hybrid conference of innovators, changemakers and thought leaders from various sectors, such as business, society, and government. This event serves as a platform for inspiring and envisioning the future of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR). Find more info here and registration access here.

Call for contributions to student panel @ Online Dispute Resolution Forum October 11-12 (Montreal)

The NCTDR ODR Forum will be hosted by the Cyberjustice Laboratory @ the U. of Montreal and we invite student submissions to contribute to a roundtable discussion on New Initiatives in Justice related to ODR. Applications from three doctoral or master’s students are sought. The roundtable will take place on October 12th, 2023. The Cyberjustice Laboratory will cover reasonable travel and accommodation expenses for the selected candidates. Find information about submissions here. Everyone! Save the dates and join us for an exciting two days exploring what’s new and what’s next for ODR!

Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to Launch Online Dispute Resolution

From Mohit Mokal’s blog:

“SEBI, the Securities and Exchange Board of India, has recently announced its plan to implement an online dispute resolution (ODR) mechanism for its stakeholders. The move aims to provide a more accessible and efficient dispute resolution process for investors and other market participants. This announcement came after the SEBI Board Meeting held on 29th March 2023, and the ODR mechanism will be implemented through a dedicated online platform, designed to offer easy access to investors, intermediaries, and listed companies for dispute resolution.

SEBI has been working tirelessly to improve the dispute resolution process, particularly by making it more efficient and swift. Currently, dispute resolution cases can take a long time to be resolved, causing frustration to investors and stakeholders. Hence, SEBI’s decision to enable online dispute resolution will allow investors and other stakeholders to submit their complaints online and have them resolved in a timely manner. SEBI is also committed to ensuring the security and reliability of the ODR process…”


Upcoming Training: New Ethical Concerns and ODR Standards for Tech and ADR

On June 27, 2023 , CPR Dispute Resolution will offer a training program, “Tech and ADR: New Ethical Concerns and ODR Standards” presented by Leah Wing of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution at UMass-Amherst and Janet Martinez of Stanford Law School.

Tech and ADR: New Ethical Concerns and ODR Standards

“The application of technology to dispute resolution has seen exponential growth in the shadow of the pandemic, particularly in the use of remote video conferencing. The disruptive nature of technology provides new opportunities for access to justice as well as new ethical issues for practitioners and processes. This workshop will explore case examples in light of legal obligations and professional ethical requirements for the use of technology in dispute resolution.The workshop will also examine ways to operationalize new ethical standards for the application of technology to dispute resolution.”

1.5 hours of non-transitional NY CLE in Ethics will be provided. For more information, visit

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Mediation

I want to make sure everyone is aware of our online conference on Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Mediation, happening next week. Tools like ChatGPT4 and Google Bard are poised to make huge changes in our society, and the field of mediation is no exception.

All of us in the ODR field need to quickly get smarter about what AI can and cannot do, and what ethical issues it raises for mediation and mediators. As AI becomes more common across society, our parties will expect to be able to leverage these tools in finding resolution to their problems.

Many ICODR friends will be presenting at this conference (e.g. Ethan Katsh, Leah Wing, Dan Rainey, Andy Lee, Zbynek Loebl, Bob Bergman, etc.) but also many people from the AI field who are working with these tools up close.  

Here are the details:

April 18-19, 2023 8:45am-5pm PST (11:45am-8pm EST)

Conference details are at

Full agenda online at

The sessions will be recorded and made available shortly following the conference. All registrants will be given 6 months access to view the conference recordings at

I really hope you can join us!

New APEC Paper on ODR Best Practices

APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) has just released a new paper on ODR best practices.

From the description:

“Online Dispute Resolution, or ODR, has the potential to align the justice system with our digital society through use of advanced technologies. As more APEC providers and economies roll out ODR, concrete recommendations to guide existing players and new market entrants are crucial so that all get ODR right. This study details best practices in designing ODR platforms using a user-centric approach, basic principles relating to ODR providers and neutrals, special considerations regarding the use of ODR in courts, and extending the use of ODR in consumer cases.”

Download the paper here: