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. Read more

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.

Singapore Convention Webinar on October 23

Learn More about the Singapore Convention on the enforcement of international settlement agreements resulting from mediation. On October 23rd, Danny McFadden and Ana Sambold will present a webinar on the provisions of the Singapore Convention and ways that the Convention may change international (and possibly domestic) practice. Learn about the Convention's potential to elevate the status of mediation and mediators worldwide. For more information and to register.

Representation in Mediation Competition Registration Now Open

Law schools that wish to participate in the 2019-2020 Representation in Mediation Competition may now register. Read the detailed information posted on the Competition web page and follow the steps to register teams.

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
Ombuds Day 2019

Ombuds Day 2019

Mediation Week

It is Mediation Week! ABA Mediation Week is the week of October 13 - 19, 2019. The theme for this year’s ABA Mediation Week is “The Importance of Using Diverse Neutrals”

Organizations and Institutions from around the world will hold events in recognition of ABA Mediation Week.

Learn more about ABA Mediation Week.

17th Annual Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute

South Texas College of Law Houston
Houston, TX
November 15-16, 2019

This two-day interactive institute features rare opportunities to learn from some of the leading mediators and advocates in North America. Each plenary session panel features an expert mediator, in-house counsel, and a skilled outside attorney, discussing each phase of the mediation process. Small group discussions led by experts in the field follow the plenary session panels. The opportunity for mediators and advocates to interact in small facilitated groups provides a unique environment to enhance your skill, knowledge and understanding of the mediation process.

Arbitration Institute

March 9-10, 2020
Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law
Phoenix, AZ

This two-day interactive course provides a thorough look at the entire arbitration process from the perspective of all participants - arbitrators, in-house counsel and advocates. Jammed with useable information as well as opportunities to interact with leading arbitrators and advocates. Featuring talks by a federal judge on what he looks for when reviewing an Award and from AAA counsel on how arbitrators get into trouble.

For more information and to register.

New Orleans 2020

New Orleans Sheraton
April 22 – 25, 2020

Join the Spring Conference Countdown community on ABA Connect. We will post conference updates to this community, including how to submit conference program proposals, as well as registration, program details, plenary presenter announcements, special events, and more. To receive updates from the Countdown Community you must join the Community. Follow this link (Join the Spring Conference Countdown Community) and then click on “Join Community” in the right-hand corner.

2020 Spring Conference Sponsorship, Exhibiting, and Advertising Opportunities

The Section has begun the process of seeking sponsors, exhibitors, and advertisers for the 2020 Spring Conference and we ask for your help.

The 2020 Spring Conference presents an excellent opportunity to share and learn innovative tools and techniques for successful conflict resolution and prevention. The conference theme - Innovation, Improvisation, and Inspiration - will explore the new techniques, technologies, and methodologies that are being developed and used by dispute resolution advocates, neutrals, and legal educators.

We encourage you to consider any level of sponsorship that you, your organization, and/or your friends would be interested in for the 22nd Annual ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference. Use this opportunity to promote yourself or your organization to a group of interested dispute resolution professionals.

Please take a look at the 2020 Spring Conference Sponsorship, Exhibiting, and Advertising Package that outlines the benefits of each type of support. Please consider sponsoring at the highest level possible for you.

Registration will be available soon!