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Confronting Chaos, Embracing Conflict: Collaborative Tools for Dispute Management (Part 1 of 5)


Confronting Chaos, Embracing Conflict: Collaborative Tools for Dispute Management (Part 1 of 5)

Presented by JAMS, the Weinstein International Foundation, and the International Association of Lawyers (UIA)

CLE Webinar Credit: 1.5 NY CLE Credit; 1.5 CA MCLE Credit

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The world is changing. As we confront transformative political, economic, social and technological change, global organizations and communities must evolve in parallel to ensure the preservation of business relationships, manage risk, maintain profitability, and safeguard widespread access to justice. This can only be done by embracing that the profound impact these changes will have on business and life will necessitate a “new way” of working together to ensure the settlement of conflict worldwide.

Managing transformation sympathetically, and in a way that captures and retains value, means reconciling competing interests. From HR to supply chain and strategic management, collaboration has consistently realized tangible benefits. The outliers, seemingly entrenched in adversarialism, remain politics and litigation.

This program identifies and untangles the complex web of competing interests, needs and wants of international businesses in balancing competing stakeholder interests. By defusing conflict, encouraging dialogue, and harnessing collective knowledge, organizations can tune out the noise and free-up resources to focus on the challenges ahead.

Featuring leading members of the global business and dispute resolution communities, this series of programs will uncover emerging ADR trends and best practice across numerous jurisdictions and will appeal to:

  • In-house counsel
  • Private practice litigators
  • CFOs
  • ADR practitioners
  • HR practitioners
  • Academics
I. Introduction

Mushegh Manukyan
Manager of the Mediation Unit, Office of the Ombudsman For United Nations Funds and Programmes
New York, New York

II. ADR Champion Keynote

Hon. Daniel Weinstein (Ret.), one of the world’s preeminent mediators of complex disputes, shares his perspective on the promise of collaborative dispute resolution in resolving the world’s most pressing conflicts. Judge Weinstein has settled some of the largest and most contentious commercial, financial, intellectual property and environmental cases of the past two decades — including those involving major financial institutions, international corporations, foreign governments, and high-profile celebrities and business people – and will share his vision for the future of appropriate dispute resolution.

Hon. Daniel Weinstein (Ret.)
International Mediator, Founder of Weinstein International Foundation
San Francisco, USA

III. Collaborative Solutions for Cross Border Disputes 

In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, many of the traditional obstacles to successful commercial mediation have been dispelled, opening the door for mediation to take a leading role in the resolution of the world’s most complex and urgent disputes. Join a panel of global leaders in the field of dispute resolution as they discuss recent developments, such as the emergence of cooperation agreements between leading global ADR organizations, the growing prevalence of online dispute resolution, and the Singapore Convention, which provides a legal mechanism for the enforcement of cross-border settlement agreements resulting from mediation.

Jerome C. Roth - Moderator
Litigation Partner, Munger Tolles & Olson, immediate past President of the Union Internationale des Avocats
San Francisco, USA

Chris Poole
President and Chief Executive Officer, JAMS
Los Angeles, USA

Zhang Wei
Director, Shanghai Commercial Mediation Center (SCMC)
Shanghai, China

Meg Utterback
King and Wood Mallesons KWM Europe LLP
London, UK

Thomas Stipanowich
International Mediator and Arbitrator, JAMS
Los Angeles, USA

IV. The Business Case for Appropriate Dispute Resolution (35 min)

Today’s leaders are rethinking traditional dispute resolution, opting instead for hand-crafted processes that anticipate, prevent and manage disputes amicably, efficiently and with long-term interests in mind. The cliché of the bombastic CEO commanding the workforce, squeezing suppliers and crushing competitors has given way to more nuanced approaches in which collaboration and integrative bargaining have become a common feature of human resource management, strategic management and operations. Extending best practice from other business disciplines into the field of commercial dispute management remains, however, a significant challenge. In this segment, legal and business leaders discuss critical business imperatives in today’s environment through the lens of dispute resolution.

Laura Abrahamson - Moderator
International Mediator and Arbitrator, JAMS
Los Angeles, USA

Howard Carsman
Global Construction Claims Manager, Intel Corporation
Portland, USA

Tom Sikora
International Disputes, ExxonMobil Corporation
Senior Vice Chair, Institute Transnational Arbitration

Roberta Downey
Global Chair, Construction and Engineering Practice, Hogan Lovells
London, UK


Featured People

Laura C. Abrahamson, Esq., FCIArb
  • Accounting Finance
  • Antitrust Competition Law
  • Business Commercial
  • Business Commercial
  • Class Action and Mass Tort
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Energy Utility
  • Engineering and Construction
  • Entertainment and Sports
  • Environmental Law
  • Governmental Public Agency
  • Insurance
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Personal Injury Torts
  • Securities
Thomas J. Stipanowich, Esq.
  • Business & Commercial
  • Construction
  • Construction Defect
  • Engineering & Construction
  • International & Cross-Border
Hon. Daniel Weinstein (Ret.)
  • Class Action/Mass Tort
  • Employment
  • Entertainment and Sports
  • Environmental
  • Federal Law
  • Financial Markets
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Maritime/Admiralty
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Pharmaceuticals/Mass Tort
  • Professional Liability
  • Securities
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