Major Online Dispute Resolution Forum Comes to Liverpool

March 9, 2007

On 19 and 20 April, the 5th International Forum on Online Dispute Resolution is to take place at the University of Liverpool. Details are at


Speakers include Sir Brian Neill, Richard Susskind, Frank Fowlie (the Ombudsman for ICANN), Colin Rule (Director of ODR at eBay and PayPal), Daewon Choi (the Director of ICT for UNESCAP), Professor Ethan Katsh (Director, Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Chairman of the UN Expert Panel on ODR), Charles Brofman (CEO of Cybersettle), Dan Rainey (Director of ADR at the National Mediation Board – Washington) , Christopher To (Secretary-General of the International Arbitration Centre in Hong Kong).


Over 35 countries will be represented at the Forum.


The Forum is a United Nations event (it takes place under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission) and so there is no delegate charge; all delegates do however have to be pre-registered by completing the onsite registration form.


The Forum will include demonstrations of various ODR-related services.


Graham Ross of the, who is a member of the organising committee, is especially keen to see SCL members attend this event: ‘2007 does seem the year when ODR is beginning to move forward’ he said.