Forty Years On, Practitioners, Parties, And Scholars Look Ahead

Thomas D. Barton and James P. Groton provide an in-depth analysis of the voting results from the Global Pound Conference, highlighting the focus on preventing and limiting conflicts.

By the conclusion of the Global Pound Conference (GPC) process, thousands of delegates and participants had voted on 20 core questions that sought their views on dispute resolution.

Across the globe and consistently among all participant groups, the GPC voting results and other answers to questions supported the following conclusions:

  • Dispute resolution should be conceived and practiced earlier in the trajectory of risks that can develop into conflict, escalating from differences of opinion to arguments, aggression, and finally formal dispute resolution efforts;
  • Where possible, risks should be understood and addressed in advance so that problems never arise; a