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CPR Institute Presents Its 28th Annual Awards for Outstanding Scholarship in ADR

New York, NY, January 11, 2011 – The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute), a nonprofit think tank and alliance of global corporations, law firms, scholars, and public institutions dedicated to the principles of commercial conflict prevention and alternative dispute resolution (ADR), presented its 28th Annual Awards for Outstanding Scholarship in ADR on January 11 at a ceremony held at the New York office of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP.

The CPR Institute’s Awards Program honors outstanding scholarship and practical achievement in the field of alternative dispute resolution.  Award criteria focused on processes, techniques, systems, commitment, and scholarship which address the resolution, prevention or creative management of major disputes involving public or business institutions between corporations, between government and corporations, or among multiple parties. The review committee for the Awards comprises judges and lawyers from leading corporations, top law firms, and academic institutions across the U.S.

According to Kathleen A. Bryan, President and CEO of the CPR Institute, “As the ADR field grows more sophisticated, the search for effective problem solving approaches and best practices continues to move the CPR Institute’s mission forward.  It is for this reason, each year, the CPR Institute celebrates advancements, thought leadership, and contributions to the field of commercial conflict management.”  

Outstanding Practical Achievement
This award is presented to companies, law firms, court systems, neutrals, and others in the use of innovative methods and systems to prevent, resolve, or manage disputes effectively.  This year the award was presented to the College of Commercial Arbitrators Protocols for Expeditious, Cost-Effective Commercial Arbitration (eds. T. Stipanowich, C. von Kann, D. Rothman, 2010).

Outstanding Original Professional Article
The award for Outstanding Original Professional Article recognizes an article published by academics and other professionals that advance understanding in the field of ADR.  The 2010 CPR Award for Outstanding Original Professional Article was awarded to Richard Birke for his work “Neuroscience and Settlement:  An Examination of Scientific Innovations and Practical Applications” 25 Ohio St. J. on D.R. 477 (2010).

Outstanding Original Student Article
The 2010 CPR Award for Outstanding Student Article, which recognizes an article or paper focused on events or issues in the field of ADR, was awarded to two papers:
•   Maria Banda and John Oppermann, Building a Latin American Coalition on Forests: Negotiation Barriers and Opportunities, (2009-2010 academic year) submitted by Prof. Robert Bordone of the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinic at Harvard Law School

•   Kathleen Claussen, Transjurisdictional Ethics in International Commercial Arbitration, (May 2010) submitted by Prof. Reisman of Yale Law School.  
Outstanding Book
This award recognizes a published book that advances understanding in the field of ADR.  The 2010 CPR Award for Outstanding Book was awarded to Nadja Alexander, author of International and Comparative Mediation: Legal Perspectives, Wolters Kluwer Law and Business, The Netherlands (2009).

Outstanding Problem Solving in the Law School Curriculum
Recognizing effective teaching of problem solving theory and practice in any law school course, the 2010 CPR Award for Outstanding Problem Solving in the Law School Curriculum was awarded to Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program.

About CPR Institute
CPR Institute provides thought leadership and innovation as the global resource for conflict management and resolution of complex business-related disputes.  Its wealth of intellectual property and published material has educated and motivated General Counsel and their law firms around the world toward an increased reliance on alternative forms of dispute resolution rather than litigation. CPR Institute’s membership is comprised of general counsel and senior lawyers of Fortune 1,000 organizations, partners in the top law firms around the world, as well as leading judges, government officials, neutrals, and academics.  Its proprietary panel of esteemed arbitrators and mediators has provided resolutions in thousands of cases, with billions of dollars at issue, worldwide. For more information, please visit


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