The 20th International Online Dispute Resolution Forum

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To facilitate efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19, and to protect our delegates, speakers, exhibitors, visitors, and staff, we have decided to postpone ODR 2020, the Twentieth International Online Dispute Resolution Forum, originally scheduled to take place in Dublin, Ireland on May 6 – 7, 2020, to a date later in the year, yet to be decided. Details will follow in early course, and when we have our dates set we will be contacting all those already registered with a range of options for re-registration or refund. We still look forward to seeing you in Dublin later in the year – we will have much to discuss!

ODR 2020, the 20th International Online Dispute Resolution Forum, will be hosted by the UCD Sutherland School of Law at University College Dublin – Ireland’s longest established university law school, ranked among the top 50 law schools in the world in 2019.

The International ODR Forum is the premier global gathering of the online dispute resolution community. The first International ODR Forum was held in Geneva in 2002 under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and subsequent forums have been held in Geneva, Melbourne, Cairo, Liverpool, Hong Kong, Victoria (Canada), Haifa (Israel), Liverpool, Prague, Buenos Aires, Chennai, Prague, Montreal, Paris, The Hague, Silicon Valley, New York City, Beijing, Auckland (New Zealand), and most recently Williamsburg, Virginia USA.

The 20th Forum comes at a time of rapid growth in the use of online technologies for dispute resolution by courts, ADR bodies, businesses, and governments. The challenges for justice in the digital age have never been greater, nor have the opportunities.
Online Dispute Resolution and Society Including cross border consumer dispute resolution; ODR in asylum cases; ODR of Family Disputes, etc. The Forum encourages a particular focus this year on Data Privacy and Data Protection for ODR in various jurisdictions around the world.
ODR in the Courts Featuring the latest developments, approaches, and experiences, with reports and empirical data on what’s working, what isn’t working, and what’s coming, from around the world.
Justice in the Digital Age The latest thought on how traditional concepts of justice need to evolve, and how ODR can be used to shape the future of justice.
ODR & Technology Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and rapidly developing tools for resolving or removing disputes. Of particular interest are smart contracts and natural language processing.
Developments in ODR services Highlighting new approaches, providers and services. The Forum will include an exhibitor area for platform and service providers to demonstrate their technology and services. 


– Leading international academics and key influencers in the fields of Online Dispute Resolution and Alternative Dispute Resolution, including Fellows of the National Centre for Dispute Resolution ODR Forum;

– Practitioners, Lawyers, Judges, Court Officials and support staff, and policy makers in the courts’ administration from many countries around the world;

– Online Dispute Resolution service providers, developers and pioneers in the field of online dispute resolution services and technology;

– ADR Practitioners, Mediators and Arbitrators

– Technology experts and developers

– Exhibitors of the latest in ODR technologies and services


ODR 2020 will be of interest to everyone who has an interest or a stake in the development of dispute resolution in the digital age – from businesses looking to improve access to efficient dispute resolution to the lawyers and dispute resolvers of the future. ODR 2020 offers a unique opportunity to learn from, meet and network with the leaders in the field of the future of dispute resolution.