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Innovation and Impact: Online Courts and the Changing Landscapes of Digital Justice

The New Zealand Centre for ICT Law, in the School of Law at Auckland University, will host the 18th ODR Forum, on 15th and 16 February, 2018.  Join your international colleagues in Auckland – consistently voted one of the world’s top ten “livable” cities – to explore current developments in the rapidly evolving world of digital platforms, portals, networks and courts.

The two key themes for the 2018 Forum are Innovation and Impact. The first, which will be the focus for presentations on the 15th February, will explore updates and developments in the world of taking dispute and justice systems online. The second theme, for the 16th, will address some of the challenges and critical questions that arise through moving beyond innovation into the disruptions that digital justice can create. This “impact” discussion may show that these can be ambivalent developments, in both fostering access to legal and other resources, and challenging other norms.

Central to the discussion at this Forum will be a comparative survey of recent developments in online courts and tribunals, underscoring the central role of digital technologies in the ongoing evolution of legal systems and access to justice. These developments also reinforce the ‘maturation’ of ODR beyond what might have been seen as a digital variant of ADR.

Alongside the discussion of “top tier” developments in digital justice, there will be commentaries on developments in professional, organisational, entrepreneurial and private platforms or portals for access to law or negotiated dispute resolution.

A further important, perhaps less visible, development in the uses of digital technologies is in the adoption and adaptation of these technologies in indigenous, grassroots and often remote communities. In such cases, the technologies may bypass earlier generations of fixed-line and analogue resources, and serve to provide access to legal, governmental and fiscal resources.

The hope is that this Forum will provide the occasion for a conversation between these three “layers” of legal and dispute resolution resources.

This website will be updated with information on the speakers, programme and social activities on a regular basis.

For pre- and post-Forum travel options within New Zealand, please click on the link provided, to connect you with the University preferred travel agency – Orbit Travel.

Your contact at Orbit Travel (HOT) is:

Monica Sawant
Phone: (09) 355-7520
Email: monicas@hot.co.nz
Reference: ODR Forum

Monica will be able to assist you with any travel requirements and happy to make any suggestions to suit your domestic travel needs while visiting our beautiful New Zealand.