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Professors Katsh and Wing Join UN Online Dispute Resolution Working Group

Leah Wing and Ethan Katsh were invited participants at the United Nations Online Dispute Resolution Working Group May 23-27, 2011 in New York City. Their paper, "Creating a cross-border online dispute resolution data exchange system" explored the complexity of designing and implementing an electronic, international conflict resolution system.

The United Nations Working Group was established up by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law to explore “cross-border electronic commerce transactions” and associated online dispute resolution procedures.  Wing and Katsh joined delegates and dispute resolution experts from Benin, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United States of America, and Venezuela.

Wing, a lecturer in Legal Studies at UMass Amherst, and Katsh, professor emeritus at UMass Amherst, are co-directors of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution (NCTDR), a research center affiliated with the Legal Studies program at UMass Amherst which “supports and sustains the development of information technology applications, institutional resources, and theoretical and applied knowledge for better understanding and managing conflict.” Wing has been a mediator and trainer for more than 20 years, working with over one hundred educational institutions and non-profits on the intersections between oppression, diversity, and conflict resolution. Katsh is the Principal Dispute Resolution Consultant for the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), a new federal agency mandated to provide mediation in Freedom of Information Act disputes. He has mediated a variety of disputes online, involving domain name/trademark issues, other intellectual property conflicts, disputes with Internet Service Providers, and others.

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