GPC Series in the USA

In 1976, at the original Pound Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota, the United States gave rise to modern day ADR practices and is today home to the largest number of cases resolved outside the courts. Forty years later, ADR continues to spread its in​fluence across the Americas, with vibrant markets practicing a variety of dispute resolution methods.

Attend an event across the USA ​to discuss and learn about the needs and wants from dispute resolution and be part of shaping the future!​​

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New York

September 12, 2016

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January 26, 2017

San FranciscoSan Francisco

February 24, 2017

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles​

March 16, 2017

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April 6, 2017

Washington DC

Washington DC

April 24, 2017

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​Special city sponsorship opportunities are available​ - for more information click here

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​​​​​Michael McIlwrath and Alex Oddy​ Introduce the Global Pound Conference Series 2016-17​​​


​Deborah Masucci, Chair of the Board of IMI 



Accolades from GPC Series New York

“It was a real privilege to take part in yesterday’s conference. I thought that it was really stupendous — totally different to anything that I’ve been at, and I wonder whether it will become the blueprint for future conferences. I am lost in admiration for the brilliance of the ideas that went into it. I also thought that some very interesting points were made during the day, and I learnt a lot. A very impressive bunch of people attended and spoke.”
Richard Jacobs, QC

 “I thought the conference yesterday was truly fascinating, and a big step in the right direction! It was really fun to meet you want to work with you.”
 Faith S. Hochberg, United States District Judge (ret.)

“It was an amazing event and I am so honored to be part of the New York GPC initiative. I know I also speak for my President Sue Henderson of New Jersey City University in stating how excited we are at the IDR to be working on international and domestic mediation policy alongside our business school.  Global conferences such as this series create important research and discussions to further implement the application of commercial dispute resolution and promote international business processes.“
David Weiss, Esq., New Jersey City University

“The conference far exceeded my expectations, I cannot tell you how excited I am about the conversations that took place and everything I learned at the New York GPC.”
Maria Andrea Yon, Centro Internacional de la Mediacion, Guatemala

Benefits for Users/Parties:

Corporate Counsel attending this event will be able to provide vital information about what their employers need or expect when resolving disputes.  The London pilot event suggested that users often have needs that may not be taken into consideration or properly understood, such as the importance of speed and cost over quality of outcome or the impact of the process on future business or personal relationships.  Board directors, chief executives and entrepreneurs will also have a rare opportunity to meet with judges, lawyers, policy makers, academics and other advisors, service providers and miscellaneous stakeholders to explain their priorities and how dispute resolution processes can impact their businesses and lives.  This may involve looking at dispute resolution not only as a legal strategic matter, but also as part of an enterprise’s corporate culture, risk management process, corporate social responsibility program, or as a matter of good governance.  Users will be able to hear from other users and other stakeholders about new ways of preventing and resolving disputes, and the future ways of having faster, cheaper and/or better outcomes when faced with future disputes.

Benefits for Advisors: 

Lawyers in private practice, consultants, experts and forensic accountants will be able to provide new insights into trends and developments in preventing and resolving conflicts.  They will also be able to share and compare views with other stakeholders, thus playing a key role in ensuring future access to affordable and appropriate justice for their clients.  Advisors will not only have an opportunity to display their knowledge in a broad range of dispute resolution, but take part in an innovative global experiment that is likely to generate actionable data that can serve to assist future generations of users, advisors and other stakeholders.

Benefits for Providers: 

As traditional forms of dispute resolution become increasingly burdensome, expensive or lengthy in certain countries, providers will be able to discuss new ideas about how to reduce litigation dockets and delays in the courts, and provide new and improved ways of offering more choices to users and advisors that may be better-suited to their needs.  They will also help providers to better understand any differences that may exist between the perceptions of users and advisors, and what criteria may be important to users that may currently may not be taken into account (e.g., how to preserve relationships and generate new products or offerings that may be better suited to different needs of disputants, including the ability to offer new consensual as well as adjudicative processes, or combinations of the two.  The event should allow judges, arbitrators, conciliators and mediators to discuss how to work together to improve access to justice in the 21st century, with direct input from users, advisors, academics and other stakeholder, to identify possible best practices for the future.  Service providers and institutions will be able to compare what differences may exist in perceptions of where their market is headed, whether international and domestic needs are being met, new opportunities for growth and expansion (or cost savings) and how to possibly combine adjudicative and non-adjudicative processes offering more than one process or neutral at a time, and providing more choices to their customers.

Benefits for Influencers: 

Attending the GPC Series should benefit all other stakeholders involved in dispute resolution, such as academics, policy makers, legislators and government officials.  These stakeholders will gain access to new data and insights about different stakeholders’ needs, perceptions and trends that are likely to affect the future of dispute resolution processes that can give rise to concrete actions that will improve access to justice in those countries where they are felt to be most needed, or for dealing with complex cross-border situations (e.g., parties located in different jurisdictions, or complex legal or investor-state disputes).