March 2016 – July 2017
The CCIAG is co-sponsoring the Global Pound Conference (GPC), along with the International Mediation Institute (IMI), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), JAMS, and many other leading players in the arena of global dispute resolution. The Global Pound Conference will be a series of meetings and events held in 42 cities in 32 countries, starting with Singapore in March 2016 and ending in London in July 2017.
The goal of the GPC Series, titled Shaping the Future of Dispute Resolution & Improving Access to Justice, is to bring together stakeholders from all facets of dispute resolution in all parts of the world to discuss a common group of core questions geared toward exploring various options for dispute resolution (e.g., litigation, arbitration, conciliation and mediation) and identifying the most appropriate and effective options in varying circumstances in varying jurisdictions, and how such processes can be made more accessible in parts of the world where barriers exist today. The GPC Series will use a global information technology platform available via the Internet to expand participation, with the goal of generating and collecting reliable data from thousands of users, providers, advisors and other stakeholders worldwide that can be compared and acted upon. The original Global Pound Conference was held in St Paul, Minnesota, USA in April 1976, and led to the proposal for alternative forms of dispute resolution to be used to reduce reliance on conventional litigation in U.S. courts, which prompted many changes in the U.S. justice system. The goal of the current GPC is to stimulate the same kind of discussion, research, creativity, innovation and growth in the use of dispute resolution systems on a global scale geared to the needs of the 21st Century. You can find more information about the GPC Series, and the list of cities and currently planned events, at www.globalpoundconference.org. You can also join the GPC Series’ LinkedIn Group at www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=8408796, or follow it on Facebook, www.facebook.com/The-Global-Pound-Conference-Series-GPC-1641808956075321/timeline/, or Twitter, https://twitter.com/GpcSeries.