COVID-19 and digitalisation of dispute resolution


In addition to the serious implications for people’s health and public healthcare services, the COVID-19 pandemic also imposes challenges for the administration of justice.

The current crisis may lead to more demand for mediation, conciliation and other amicable methods of dispute resolution, the mixed mode dispute resolution, and online mediation. What roles do public and private stakeholders play towards promoting the wider acceptance of online mediation initiatives around the world? 

Associate Professor Kun Fan led a panel of eminent dispute resolution academics and practitioners around the world to discuss these issues mentioned above and their regional and global implications. She was joined by Assistant Professor Carrie Shang of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Dr. Wenli Guo, Director of Beiming Software Co. Ltd; Dr. Tietie Zhang, Lecturer in Corporate and Commercial Law of the University of Sheffield School of Law;  Mr. Guillermo Garcia-Perrote, Senior Associate of Herbert Smith Freehills Sydney; Mr. Yuan Fang, JSD Candidate/Research Assistant of Washington University (co-author with Yan Wang, Case Manager of Beijing Arbitration Commission); Associate Professor Mimi Zou, Reader, University of Reading Law School /Co-found, Oxford Deep Tech Dispute Resolution Lab; and Ms. Amma Al Owais, Chief Registrar of DIFC Courts.


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