A Call for US Law Reviews to Publish Global Pound Conference Symposia
The goal of the Global Pound Conference (“GPC”) Series is to create a conversation about what can be done to improve dispute resolution in civil and commercial conflicts worldwide. The GPC has a particular focus on improving the quality of and access to Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") services. Close to 40 events are being organized worldwide, six of which will be held in the United States in Austin, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco and Washington.
“ADR is sleepwalking globally. It needs to be shaken out of its slumber,” wrote Michael Leaves and Deborah Masucci in their blogpost titled, The World Needs a Global Pound Conference. Leaves and Masucci then go on to suggest a wide range of areas where the GPC can help catalyze the improvement of ADR services. Many other commentators are equally excited and hopeful about the promise of the GPC. Are we expecting too much? How can the broader legal community help the GPC succeed with its important aims?
Our nation’s law reviews have always played a critical role in helping foster discussion and development of improvements to our legal system. The law reviews and journals can be key partners in working towards the goals articulated by the GPC. If a few of these leading journals would issue a call for scholarly papers and publish symposia in connection with the various US GPC Series conferences it would significantly help move the ball forward in this effort. I hope that some will.