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October 16, 2019

October 2019 - International Committee

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From the International Committee

The International Committee of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution is pleased to bring you this October 2019 issue of Just Resolutions Newsletter. The mission of the International Committee is to foster and encourage the development of international dispute resolution processes by promoting best practices, providing a community for Section members who are interested in the field, promoting the understanding and uses of international dispute resolution, and offering members ways to incorporate international dispute resolution into their practice. To this aim, the Committee reaches out to International practitioners and members everywhere who wish to learn more about dispute resolution worldwide.

This issue of Just Resolutions focuses on Conventions – the very new Singapore convention on mediation agreements and the more established New York Convention on the enforcement of arbitral awards.

We encourage all readers to join the International Committee. Please check out our ABA Connect page and become a participant in our ongoing discussions and activities.

 2019-2020 International Committee Chairs

Lucy Greenwood and Danny McFadden

Featured Articles

The Singapore Convention: A New Dawn for Worldwide International Mediation
By Danny McFadden

With much fanfare and high expectations in some quarters, the United Nations Convention on  International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation was signed by 46 States, including the United States, Singapore, China, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, and South Korea. Five years ago the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law’s (UNCITRAL) began investigating ways to enhance enforcement. 

Enforcement of Settlement Agreements in International Commercial Mediation: A New Legal Framework?
By Ellen E. Deason

For a look back at the beginning of the process that created the Singapore Convention, review this article by Ellen Deason, published in Dispute Resolution Magazine in 2015.

Celebrating More than Fifty Years of the New York Convention

Just as the Singapore Convention on enforcement of Mediation Settlements is being launched, Dispute Resolution Magazine focused on more than fifty years of the New York Convention on enforcement of arbitral awards. View the New York Convention issue of Dispute Resolution Magazine.

Ombuds Day Celebrated

On October 10th the ABA celebrated Ombuds Day at events in sunny DC, blustery Chicago, and snowy Boulder.

In addition to the three ABA events, there were numerous events world-wide and social media was a flurry of posts, videos, graphics and more. View the 2019 Ombuds Day Proclamations in the 2019 Ombuds Day Toolkit:

  • 10 states: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington
  • 4 cities: Aurora, Boulder, Denver, Des Moines
  • 1 county: King County, WA
  • 1 public school district: Frederick County Public Schools
  • 1 college: Grinnell College
  • 1 federal agency: Department of Energy