The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in conjunction with the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute is pleased to invite you to participate in this workshop to be held in Barcelona on September 15, 2009. This full day workshop will take place at the Department of Law, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Avda Tibidabo, 39-43, 08035 Barcelona. Telf. (0034)

It will be an excellent opportunity to exchange and debate about the trends of ADR/ODRs, their scope and core principles.

This workshop is part of a legal studies program undertaken at the UOC at nacional and international level n ADR/ODR, with the aim of making progress on the building of "bridges" that will allow interoperability between the current two existing pathways on justice administration (deliberative/adversarial justice). As it is known, ADRs and ODRs embody methods or processes that have emerged spontaneously on account of the Courts collapse, and are becoming catalysts of the two traditional systems of conflict solving between individuals.

On the basis of previous and successful meetings and symposia held internationally by experts, providers and practitioners, the purpose of this workshop is to initiate an open and reflexive dialogue and to share ideas, with the long term objective of building up a common legal framework. Previous events have revealed the enormous potential of online dispute resolution services and the problems of growth related mostly with the lack of basic and common standards and the current difficulties for interoperability between in and out of court methods.

We are interested in exchanging information and ideas, in knowing current academic activities related, and work-in-progress of ADR/ODRs research in this field. We propose to analyse the scope of private autonomy and also to identify common principles and standards governing ADRs and ODRs, with the aim of making the first steps towards the delineation of a regulatory legal international framework. Interoperability between ADR/ODRs and Courts demands some level of uniformity, especially in cross jurisdictional conflicts that can be performed through the Internet.

This meeting, opened to experts, practitioners and scholars, is an invitation to a joint reflection on the legal formal and substantial articulation of all these tools and Courts.

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