ADR Chatroom

No more second bites at the apple in arbitration?

Our U.S. face, M. Nycole Hearon, writes that arbitration appeals may become a high-risk option for appellants.  The Seventh Circuit in Johnson Controls, Inc. v. Edman Controls, Inc., __ F.3d __, 2013 WL 1098411 (7th Cir. Mar. 18, 2013) stated that it would start handing down sanctions for parties who attempt to rearbitrate the case by trying to vacate the arbitral award in commercial actions.  In other words, “Stop your whinin’!” 

Corporate Mediation Conference, Amsterdam

Our Dutch face, Majlie de Puy Kamp highlights the coming Corporate Mediation Conference - May 14th, 2013, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 

Listen and learn all about the popular upcoming dispute resolution tool: employment mediation. There will be discussions, panel talks and lectures by Holland's leading mediators and professionals in the field. 

For more information, fees and registrations, go to:

Going Dutch

Our Dutch face, Majlie de Puy Kamp writes that Europe's leading ADR institute the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution will hold its first Negotiation Course in Utrecht, the Netherlands - June 10th 2013.

Following similar events in the UK and Ireland, the first CEDR Negotiation programme in mainland Europe takes place on Monday June 10th at law firm Van Benthem & Keulen in Utrecht, Holland.

For more information and booking:

Going viral?

Our Hong Kong face, Sala Sihombing notes that Professor Tom Stipanowich is a potential breakout youtube star this April.  Tom has two videos on youtube this month.  Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu is the first recipient of the Straus Institute's Peacemaker Award. In an incredible trip in summer 2012, Tom Stipanowich travelled to South Africa to present the award and has shared his conversations with Archbishop Tutu and John Allen, his press secretary and biographer through a youtube video.  

In addition, Pepperdine University has posted a youtube video in which Tom delivers a lecture on one of his favourite topics, lessons from the law practice of President Lincoln. Congratulations Tom!

Thunderstorms ahead for Hong Kong

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Our Hong Kong face, Sala Sihombing writes that in a rare demonstration of industrial action in Hong Kong, the dock workers who have made Hong Kong the world's third largest container port, have pitched tents around the offices of Li Ka-Shing in Central.  

The dispute is a multi-party conflict where the dockworkers are employed by sub-contractors who receive contracts from Hongkong International Terminals which is operated by Hutchison Port Holdings Trust whose largest shareholder is Li's Hutchison Whampoa. The government has stepped in to try and mediate - so far without luck. Given the importance of the port to Hong Kong and the high profile nature of this case, the mediators will undoubtedly be renewing their efforts to seek resolution.

Help for the unrepresented party from FINRA

Our Hong Kong face, Sala Sihombing notes on her website, Conflict Change Consulting, that FINRA has recently launched a new page with resources and information for unrepresented parties engaging in FINRA mediation and arbitration.

Pepperdine ranked No. 1 for 9th year in a row

Our Spanish face, Laura Lozano writes that Straus Institute from Pepperdine School of Law has been ranked as the number one dispute resolution program by U.S. News & World Report for the ninth consecutive year. The remaining schools in the Top 5 for 2013 are Harvard University, University of Missouri-Columbia, Hamline University and Ohio State University.

Among the criteria considered by U.S. News & World Report for this ranking are the ability of the law students to handle clients' conflicts through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and problem solving.

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