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Data will defeat “the deadening drag of status quoism” The Global Pound Conference Series has kicked off

Wednesday, 7th April 2016

"In A Scandal in Bohemia, in 1891, Sherlock Holmes proclaims: “it is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly, one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts“. Eighty-five years later, in his paper The Varieties of Dispute Processing tabled at the Pound Conference in April 1976, Professor Frank E.A. Sander echoed Mr Holmes’ wisdom when he asserted: “we need far better that we can develop some sophisticated notion of where the main trouble spots are... And we need more data on the role played by some of the key individuals in the [dispute resolution] process e.g. lawyers”.

What goes around, comes around, but this time the interest is worldwide. To honour the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Pound Conference, the Global Pound Conference (GPC) Series 2016-17 held its inaugural event in the Singapore Supreme Court Building in March attended by some 400 delegates from 25 countries. Singapore’s Chief Justice and Senior Minister of State for Finance and Law gave the opening and closing keynotes. 

The goal of the GPC Series 2016-17 is to provide the core global data needed to address the causes and remedies of user dissatisfaction with dispute resolution. To date, 38 cities in 29 countries are planning their own GPC Series event in the next 15 months, each asking the same 20 core questions on which delegates can vote electronically, with the results presented and shared instantly and publicly. The organisers have been approached by more cities expressing interest. 

In the inaugural GPC event in Singapore, delegate voting in response to those 20 questions surfaced some quite dramatic and disturbing differences, particularly between the views of users and advisors. It also demonstrated some encouraging and reassuring alignment between them and other stakeholder groups."

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Source: former Director of the International Mediation Institute (IMI)
Language: English
Contact: Michael Leathes

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