ODR in the courts: in prison the one time it could have been the champion of the world

Remember that old song of Bob Dylan’s about Hurricane Carter? It contains the lines – ‘the authorities … put  him in a prison cell the one time he could a-been The Champion of the world.’  They have intermittently resonated around my head for over 40 years. The words came back as I walked down to St Paul’s … Continue reading ODR in the courts: in prison the one time it could have been the champion of the world

ODR in the courts: surveying the field

An impressive range of jurisdictions were assembled by the Society for Computers and Law (SCL) and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) for its ‘First International Forum on Online Courts’. There were 10 formal speakers (and that included one on the whole of the United States) in the first of its two days. They … Continue reading ODR in the courts: surveying the field

The Circle of Virtuous Communication

At the end of the second day of the Berlin Conference on Technology, Innovation and Access to Justice, just before we went home, co-organiser Siddarth de Souza got us to play with the lego box. The task was to demonstrate something about the future of the discussion we had just had. This allows you to … Continue reading The Circle of Virtuous Communication

Technology tactical and strategic in the service of access to justice

Technology’s role in access to justice makes a fertile topic for an academic conference. Certainly, that is the lesson from  ‘The Future of Law: Technology, Innovation and Access to Justice’ organised jointly by the Humboldt University of Berlin and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. The topic encourages a nice mixture of an international approach, … Continue reading Technology tactical and strategic in the service of access to justice

ODR: summer in Melbourne is winter in London

Happy the few who could attend Victoria University’s Sir Zelman Cowen Centre symposium on Online Dispute Resolution: the State of the Art this week. The afternoon Melbourne temperature was reported as a balmy 20C or 70F.  Meanwhile, here in London, it got quite close to freezing. And not only the weather was better in Australia. … Continue reading ODR: summer in Melbourne is winter in London