Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), as a means of dispute resolution, is a relatively new topic that has been pioneered and developed mainly since the beginning of the 21st century.
ODR, as a method of negotiation, conciliation and dispute resolution, is the online equivalent of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), which allows disputes to be resolved by applying innovative online techniques to the process. This method, when used in the right way, could certainly be more transparent, less costly, and even more expeditious than the traditional arbitration system.
One should also bear in mind that the utilization of ODR is not limited to disputes resulting from online commercial transactions, but rather can accommodate a wide range of disputes, including, but not limited to, disputes related to commercial or investment activities. In some legal systems, ODR may also be used in court proceedings, for example, where the parties are quite distant from each other and travel is not reasonably possible.
However, we cannot overlook the fact that some traditional arbitration institutions, lawyers, and arbitrators are still reluctant to make use of or support the ODR system.
Given the outbreak of the current global crises, such as the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19), our colleagues and partners at the HCLA are ready to support any initiative, including online meetings, webinars, exchange of ideas, on techniques, procedures, pros and cons associated with online negotiation and the development of ODR as an emerging method of transnational dispute resolution.
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