Ronald Brand and Students Represent Pitt Law at the United Nations
On November 14-16, 2011, Professor Ronald Brand represented the Center for International Legal Education (CILE) and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law as an Expert Observer at the United Nations in Vienna, Austria, in meetings of Working Group III of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) to discuss proposed procedural rules governing online dispute resolution (ODR). CILE has been invited by the UNCITRAL Secretariat to provide an expert delegation to assist the UNCITRAL Member States in determining how best to deal with the need for online dispute resolution in high volume, low value cross border transactions. Visiting Scholar, Cristina Mariottini, and LL.M. student (and University of Zagreb Ph.D. candidate) Dora Zgraabljic Rotar, joined Brand on the CILE delegation, and covered the meetings on November 17-18, when Brand could not be present. Mariottini, Rotar, and Pitt LL.M. and J.D. graduate, Jing Peng, have created working papers that have been used in the UNCITRAL discussions over the course of the past year.