Joshua Javits

Joshua Javits

Joshua M. Javits is a neutral mediator and arbitrator. He is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators, on the rosters of the AAA, FMCS, NMB, and serves on numerous permanent arbitration panels. He served on four railroad Presidential Emergency Boards. He was Chairman and Member of the National Mediation Board from 1988 to 1993. He was Grievance Chair for the International Monetary Fund from 2007 to 2011. He was the President of the National Association of Railroad Referees (2014-16). He represented labor unions and management -- at different times -- in the past, and began his career as a trial attorney with the National Labor Relations Board.

Mr. Javits was an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center where he taught courses in arbitration, transportation labor law and alternative dispute resolution. He has been rated “AV” – the highest rating -- by Martindale Hubbell’s Best Lawyers in America since 2001.He is a graduate of Yale College and Georgetown University Law Center.

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Articles and Video:

Virtual v. In-Person Hearings in a COVID World and Beyond (04/05/21)
Prior to the pandemic, virtual hearings for labor-management arbitration and mediation were rarely used but since its start and acceleration, virtual platforms are now the dominant forums for arbitrations and mediations. Will the adoption of virtual interactions continue after the pandemic or will in-person approaches return?

Congress Awakes! (06/08/20)
This is an opinion piece about the country's response to the pandemic: "There is no simple prescription without the hard work of identifying the precise nature of our problems and working together toward their remedy."

A Case of Bad Bargaining Practices (01/31/19)
The shutdown over a wall on the southern border shows how the political parties have ignored and violated several tenets of bargaining essential to reach an agreement.

Internal Dispute Resolution at International Organizations (11/26/13)
Over the past forty years, globalization has made its impact on the law by enhancing the international nature of domestic laws and by heightening the relevance of international organizations. As international organizations have expanded in number and prominence, the traditional boundaries of domestic legal systems have been re-examined. The expansion of employee rights and benefits has exerted upward pressure on international organizations, whose jurisprudence tends to evolve in tandem with domestic law. Thus, international law has increasingly recognized employee rights. 

Income Inequality: Are Unions the Answer? (09/03/13)
If income inequality is the problem; are unions the answer? The middle class is being pushed into poverty at an alarming rate. Four out of five Americans will experience poverty at some point in their lifetimes - up from 4 in 10 only a few years ago. America's top 1% now owns 35% of the nation's wealth, leaving the bottom 80% to share only 11% of the pie. The "middle" has seen a $6, 218 decline in median household income over the last decade. As the gap continues to widen, the social fabric rends and a substantial portion of the population is relegated to desperation and despair.

Union Restart (11/05/12)
The Chicago teachers’ strike crystallizes the conflict between escalating demands for labor productivity and the needs of workers for job security. At issue are the right of principals to accept teachers from up to 100 schools proposed for closure and the process for evaluating teachers, including through the use of student test scores.