Request for Proposals: Global Pound Conference Series

Introduction

Initiated by the International Mediation Institute (a not-for-profit organisation), the Global Pound Conference (GPC) Series 2016-17 will facilitate the development of 21st century commercial dispute resolution tools at domestic, regional and international levels.

Launched in Singapore and finishing in London in 2017, the GPC Series convenes is a not-for-profit global project that convenes all stakeholders in dispute resolution – commercial parties,  chambers of commerce, lawyers, academics, judges, arbitrators, mediators, policymakers, government officials, and others – at conferences around the world. Currently scheduled to take place in 40 cities across 31 countries, these conferences provoke debate on existing tools and techniques, stimulate new ideas and generate data on what corporate and individual dispute resolution users actually need and want, both locally and globally.

To date, approximately 1,700 people participated in Global Pound Conference (GPC) events between March 2016 – June 2017. The aggregated data from the first seven events that have taken place already show some interesting themes and trends and provide interesting food for thought and some ideas regarding how to possibly shape the future of commercial dispute resolution and improve access to justice in commercial disputes globally.

Stakeholder groups

Results are collected from 5 stakeholder groups:

  1. Parties: Users (businesses) who are involved in disputes and use commercial dispute resolution services (e.g., business managers or in-house counsel involved in litigation, arbitration, mediation or mixed mode processes);
  2. Advisors: External advisors who assist Parties in managing their disputes (e.g., external lawyers, experts, forensic accountants);
  3. Adjudicative Providers: These comprise judges, arbitrators and organizations providing adjudication services;
  4. Non-Adjudicative Providers: Conciliators, mediators, ombudsmen and organizations providing such services; and