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Howard Dean, Kenneth Feinberg to present keynote addresses on critical global dispute issues

New York, Jan. 26, 2016 – The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) is holding its 2016 Annual Meeting on Feb. 16-18, 2016, at The Roosevelt in New Orleans. The theme of this year’s meeting will be “Dispute Resolution Divide: Harmonizing Global Approaches” (#CPRADR16).  It comes at an important time – the use of “alternative” dispute resolution techniques has grown, but not without certain challenges. Treaty-based arbitration is being challenged as a violation of state sovereignty, ethical concerns are being raised in both investor-state and broader commercial arbitration contexts, and calls for national and international standards have raised concerns about preserving the flexibility that is widely viewed as a hallmark of conciliation/mediation processes.  The 2016 Annual meeting will address these and other important issues.

“CPR is proud to lead the charge in raising this important topic of the dispute resolution divide and the path to harmonizing global approaches, creating a unique opportunity for collaboration, dialogue and debate amongst the leaders in the legal community, in-house practitioners, advocates, arbitrators and mediators, and academics,” said CPR’s President & CEO Noah Hanft.

Day One will begin with an opening keynote address by Gov. Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont, presidential candidate, Chair of the Democratic National Committee and noted political commentator.  The first panel, “Are We Killing Mediation?”, will continue the robust debate at AM15 on changes in mediation practice and their impact on mediation effectiveness. The next panel, “Why I ‘Hate’ Arbitration”, will discuss reasons counsel avoid and/or delay dispute resolution. Following the morning dissecting issues and challenges in dispute resolution, the afternoon of Day One will begin with “Creative Approaches to Aligning Interests in Dispute Resolution,” a panel focused on the innovative approaches our neighbors in Brazil and Canada are using to enhance dispute resolution processes and outcomes. The panels on Day One will conclude with “Redefining Winning – CPR Hot Topics,” addressing emerging issues and solutions in dispute resolution around the world.

On the evening of Day One, CPR will honor Monsanto Company and Scott Partridge, the company’s Vice President of Global Strategy, with the inaugural Inspiring Innovation Award in recognition of Monsanto’s development and implementation of a unique, business-led dispute management process creating a powerful, proactive industry-wide dispute identification and resolution program.

Day Two will begin with a keynote address by Kenneth Feinberg, noted mediator, Special Master for victim compensation funds, including the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and One Fund Boston, and author of What is Life Worth? and Who Gets What? Day Two will continue with breakout sessions including an IP panel addressing Patent ADR around the world, a healthcare panel addressing dispute resolution in the context of the industry consolidation and realignment that have followed in the wake of the Affordable Care Act, and an in-house panel addressing practical and strategic issues involved in arbitrator selection. The morning with continue with “The Rising Global Debate Regarding Arbitration Ethics,” a discussion of the nature and source of concerns and a range of proposals that have been made to “solve” the problems. Day Two will conclude with two CPR perennial favorites: CPR’s Business Roundtable, during which leading General Counsel from around the world will address strategic issues they face as they implement a thoughtful approach to dispute resolution; and a dynamic and interactive ethics panel that will address key issues faced day-to-day in dispute resolution.

About CPR:

CPR is an independent nonprofit organization that, for more than 35 years, has helped global businesses prevent and resolve commercial disputes effectively and efficiently. Our membership consists of top corporations and law firms, academic and government institutions, and leading mediators and arbitrators around the world. CPR is unique as: (1) a thought leader, driving a global dispute resolution culture; (2) a developer of cutting-edge tools and resources, powered by the collective innovation of its membership; and (3) an ADR provider offering innovative, practical arbitration rules, mediation and other dispute resolution procedures, and neutrals worldwide. For more information, please visit

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