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The Emergence of ODR

by Colin Rule
December 2011

Novo Justice Blog by Colin Rule

Colin Rule

Darin Thompson on the IT Law Community web site:

“Shifting the Dispute Resolution Paradigm

The Commission’s proposal represents a bold statement on the need for an accessible, well-designed and integrated system for resolving consumer disputes in the EU. If implemented successfully, it could lead to significant new dispute resolution options and other trust building mechanisms for consumers and traders and, in turn, more consumer-driven economic activity across the EU’s single market.

For the ADR and ODR communities, it will almost certainly prove to be one of the bigger developments in recent years. It could also serve to precipitate a transformation of ADR from its process-reliant, principled model into a faster, simpler and more results-oriented variant specifically designed for low-value consumer transactions.

It will also provide a fertile testing ground for the theory that technology-facilitated ADR, commonly known as ODR, will become the next wave in dispute resolution. If any tensions should emerge between these (at times) divergent approaches, they will not last long given the pace of technology. As we continue to become more dependent on IT and the Internet for all things, including commerce, the development of technology-based dispute resolution processes is inevitable.

For consumers, increased access to ADR will also inevitably prove to be a benefit. For the EU, the proposal will bring ADR and ODR to consumers in the short term. It should also precipitate larger scale justice transformation towards non-court, technology supported and user-focused dispute-resolution processes in the long term. Indeed, technology is well placed to be the catalyst to bring about this badly needed transformation. If the Commission’s proposal stays on track, this change will now formally be under way in the EU.”

Here’s my favorite quote: “As we continue to become more dependent on IT and the Internet for all things, including commerce, the development of technology-based dispute resolution processes is inevitable.”

Thanks, Darin, for summarizing recent developments so well. I’m going to send this to a lot of people!

read more: http://www.scl.org/site.aspx?i=ed23780



Biography


Colin Rule has worked at the intersection of technology and conflict resolution for the last two decades. He is CEO of Modria.com, an online dispute resolution service provider in Silicon Valley, and a non-resident Fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. From 2003 to 2011, he served as eBay and PayPal's first director of Online Dispute Resolution, designing and implementing systems that now resolve more than 60 million disputes each year. Mr. Rule is the author of Online Dispute Resolution for Business, published by Jossey-Bass in September 2002. He has presented and trained around the world for organizations including the U.S. Department of State, UNCITRAL, the International Chamber of Commerce, and the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, as well as teaching at UMass-Amherst, Stanford, Southern Methodist University, and Hastings College of the Law. He has written and been interviewed extensively about the Internet since 1999, with columns and articles appearing in ACResolution, Consensus, Dispute Resolution Magazine, and Peace Review. He holds a master's degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in conflict resolution and technology, a B.A. in peace studies from Haverford College, and he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Eritrea from 1995-1997.



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