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JAMS to Host First Meeting of USMCA Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes

JAMS to Host First Meeting of USMCA Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes

Advisory committee to help promote use of ADR for international commercial disputes in the free trade area

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New York – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce it will host the first meeting of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes. The meeting will take place at the New York Resolution Center from September 7 to 9, 2022.

Described under Article 31.22 of the USMCA, the Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes was created to “encourage, facilitate and promote through education, the use of arbitration, mediation, online dispute resolution and other procedures for the prevention and resolution of international commercial disputes between private parties in the free trade area.”

The September meetings will be the first official gathering of parties of the 31.22 Committee of the USMCA trade agreement since it entered into force on July 1, 2020.

JAMS international arbitrator and mediator Lorraine M. Brennan, Esq., has been a United States delegate to this trilateral trade agreement committee (and its predecessor) since 1999 and has been essential in helping to bring high-level dispute resolution thought leadership to the forefront of the instrument’s processes.

We are thrilled to host these important discussions about the usage of ADR in international trade at our New York International Arbitration Center’s state-of-the-art facilities. The meetings underscore our global commitment to supporting thoughtful, multilateral conflict resolution and to providing the necessary tools and resources to help bring together stakeholders from around the world.

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

JAMS will host private delegate events and meetings on Wednesday and Thursday, September 7 and 8, and a hybrid Public Outreach Day on Friday, September 9. Friday’s hybrid public forum will include substantive panel discussions and an opportunity for participants to engage with delegates from the United States, Mexico and Canada, both in person and through virtual attendance platforms.

Registration for the Public Outreach events is available here.

About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach.

Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized in-person, virtual and hybrid resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, the latest technology and highly trained mediators and arbitrators.

With a roster of over 400 neutrals and 29 locations, JAMS resolves thousands of the world’s important cases every year. JAMS neutrals are adept at managing the resolution process whether they are conducting in-person, virtual or hybrid hearings.

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JAMS Director, Public Relations & Content 

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