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"WE ARE 21ST CENTURY ADR"          




The International ODR Forum will convene for a two-day conference inventory a British Columbia on June 18 and 19, 2008. The Forum has as its purpose the bringing together of the world's leading practitioners, academics, theorists, and online negotiation application developers, to share information, and to create a vehicle for ODR education. The Forum in Victoria will build on the research, applications and field development discussed at other international ODR meetings and workshops that were held in Geneva (2002 and 2003), Edinburgh (2003), Melbourne (2004), Bologna (2005), Brussels (2005), Cairo (2006), and Palo Alto (2007), Liverpool (2007) and Hong Kong (2007).


The Forum will consist of two days of plenary sessions and breakout sessions. The Forum brings together the world's leading practitioners, academics, students, and civil society to discuss the resolution of disputes using online technologies. These disputes may range from b2c (Business to consumer) to the prevention of human rights violations in conflict regions, to reconciliation of opposing groups in armed conflict, to disputes over intellectual property on the internet. It also brings together the leading technology developers who design conflict resolution platforms for use legal, commercial, or insurance related disputes (i.e. PayPal).


The Forum organizing committee has invited two special keynote speakers, Dr. Vinton Cerf, inventor of the Internet, (Please see: http://www.icann.org/biog/cerf.htm) and Dr. Jose Ramos Horta, Pax Nobel 1996 and President of East Timor (Please see:http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1996/ramos-horta-cv.html).  The keynote speakers will add their unique perspectives on the possible uses of technology and the Internet to resolve disputes and create peace.  Also, the founder and chief mediator of all American dispute resolutions on line Inc. (AADROL) , mediator/attorney Jack A. Draper II will present a paper on the afternoon of June 18 at the Forum entitled "21st Century ADR --  synchronous audio visual immediate online mediation."  Mr. Draper will describe the AADROL live online mediation method now in operation (see medi84u.com) and give some selected mediation case insights gained from actual cases mediated live, on line (with names and case details modified suitably to protect anonymity and confidentiality).


In its opinion ordered published recently, the Court of Appeal of the State of California, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three, in the case of Samuel Metters v. Ralphs Grocery Company,  has upheld a trial court denial of Ralph's grocery's motion to compel arbitration of an employment dispute between Ralphs and its employee Samuel Metters.  Metters had signed a Ralph’s dispute resolution form which included an arbitration provision but the court held that that there was substantial evidence that the form did not reasonably appear to be a contractual document, that Metters had insufficient notice to alert him to its contractual nature, and that in such cases there is an exception to the general rule that a person is bound by provisions in a contractual document signed by him or her even if not read by the signatory.   This ruling can obviously be applied to contractual mediation provisions as well. The bottom line here is that employers must place ADR provisions in clearly contractual documents and also ideally prominently disclose them as contractually binding in nature, so that employees’ failing to read the entire contract would not be able to escape ADR under this fact-based exception to the general rule.

AADROL Announces International Division

In May 2008, AADROL announced the formation of an international division called "Omni Dispute Resolutions On Line" (ODROL) to handle operations of AADROL outsiide the U.S.A.  ODROL will search for and sign up foreign licensees for the  patent pending SAVIOMM mediation method developed by AADROL and now in operation in the U.S.A.

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