Global Pound Conference Voting Results Confirm Preferences for Pre-dispute and Pre-escalation Processes to Prevent Disputes

The historic Global Pound Conferences in 2016 and 2017 evaluated all forms of dispute prevention and resolution in a worldwide effort, forty years after the first Pound Conference, to find ways to improve the future of dispute resolution.  In the final voting by thousands of delegates to 29 conferences held worldwide, In answer to the … Read more

Thoughts on Recent Evolutionary Changes in the Disputes Field, and the Resistance that Some of These Changes Have Experienced

It’s interesting to observe the development of various “movements” within the disputes field during the past generation, and the extent to which they have experienced resistance. The first modern dispute resolution movement: From litigation to arbitration and mediation and other forms of ADR. Professor Julie MacFarlane in her book “The New Lawyer: How Settlement Is … Read more

Two Minute History of Construction Law

In a playful tongue-in-cheek address in Biblical language to the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry in 1994, Professor Thomas Stipanowich, a prominent construction industry and dispute resolution scholar, undertook to describe how the field of construction law had developed and evolved from adversarial contests to dispute during the past generation, with humorous … Read more