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Ethan Katsh



Ethan Katsh Professor Ethan Katsh is the director of the Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution and Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts. Along with Janet Rifkin, he wrote the first book on ODR, Online Dispute Resolution: Resolving Disputes in Cyerspace (2001).  Professor Katsh is a graduate ofthe Yale Law School and was one ofthe first legal scholars to recognize the impact new information technologies would have on law. He is one of the founders of the field of ODR and author of two books on law and technology, Law in a Digital World (Oxford University Press, 1995) and The Electronic Media and the Transformation of Law (Oxford University Press, 1989). He is currently consultant on online dispute resolution to two federal agencies. Professor Katsh has chairedthe InternationalForums on Online Dispute Resolution, held in Geneva in 2002 and 2003, Melbourne in 2004, Cairo in 2006, Liverpool in 2007, Hong Kong in 2007, Victoria (Canada) in 2008, Haifa, Israel inJune 2009, Buenos Aires in 2010 and Chennai (India) in February 2011. He has been Visiting Professor of Law and Cyberspace at Brandeis University, is on the Board of Advisors ofthe Democracy Design Workshop, the legal advisory board of the In Sites E-governance and Civic Engagement Project, the Board of Editors of Conflict Resolution Quarterly, and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.Professor Katsh received the Chancellor’s Medal and gave the campus Distinguished Faculty Lecture in October 2006.




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Articles and Video:

ODR Theory and Practice: Table of Contents, Forward, Introduction & First Chapter: ODR Past, Present & Future (05/21/13)
As a service to the ADR and ODR fields, Mediate.com is honored to make the book "Online Dispute Resolution: Theory and Practice" by Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab, Ethan Katsh and Daniel Rainey ( Eds.) available. We here begin with the Forward, Introduction and First Chapter of "Online Dispute Resolution: Theory and Practice."

ODR and Government (05/01/13)
The topic at hand is the use of the Internet to govern, and the role that ODR can play in e-government. Our discussion of e-government will be divided into three main sections: What has changed?; What must government (and e-government) do?; and Where are e-government and ODR going?

Lessons from Online Dispute Resolution for Dispute Systems Design (03/04/13)
This chapter addresses a disconnect between two bodies of literature in the ADR field – that relating to “dispute systems design” (DSD) and that relating to “online dispute resolution” (ODR).

Symposium: Legal Regulation of the Internet
Dispute Resolution in Cyberspace
(12/27/01)
Cyberspace, according to computer scientist David Gelernter, should be viewed as a "mirror world," a place where institutions of the world are represented in digital form and where we can interact with these digital representations as if we were in the physical space.

The Online Ombuds Office: Adapting Dispute Resolution to Cyberspace (11/05/98)
Cyberspace has enabled us to experience many new spaces. We have, most obviously, a new, large and active information place. We also have a new people place, where one can become acquainted with, exchange information with, and work with, individuals and groups.



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