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Find Common Ground Between Technological Innovation &Development of International Dispute Profession
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Event Nature: Law and Politics

Event Details

The Most Intelligent Way?
Finding Common Ground Between Technological Innovations and the Development of an International Dispute Resolution Profession

Speaker: Professor Manuel A. Gómez
Date: Tuesday, 13 March 2018
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue: Academic Conference Room, 11/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU, Pokfulam

About the Lecture:
The legal field has benefited enormously from recent technological advances that include software capable of capturing and processing natural language, analyzing behavior and determining outcomes; and also systems for digitizing documents and other evidence. The superior efficiency of machines vis-à-vis human operators both regarding time and cost has also been widely advertised by start-ups and industry experts thus creating the general impression that we are on the verge of another industrial revolution. Parallel to these important developments, the international dispute resolution field has reached important milestones regarding the professionalization of arbitrators and mediators, the enactments of rules, standards, and industry norms; and the promotion of diversity, equality and inclusion.
This talk will highlight the potential tension that exists between the upsurge of technological innovations in the international dispute resolution field, on the one hand, and the aforementioned accomplishments of mediation and arbitration professionals, on the other. Rather than viewing these developments in an antagonistic fashion —where machines and humans race against each other and are mutually exclusive— my presentation will discuss how one can benefit the other, what can be done, and what is being done to foster such interaction.

About the Speaker:
Manuel A. Gómez is an Associate Professor of Law and the Associate Dean of International and Graduate Studies at Florida International University (FIU). He specializes in international arbitration, comparative complex litigation, and international law with focus on Latin America. He also leads the College of Law’s Global Legal Studies Initiative (GLSI), is an academic board member of the Miami International Arbitration Society (MIAS), member of the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA), and co-lead of the Latin American/Caribbean Group of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center (SVAMC). Professor Gómez is also the Editor-in-Chief of the World Arbitration and Mediation Review (WAMR). He has taught and lectured extensively through the Americas, Asia, and Europe, and his publications have earned wide recognition and accolades. Gómez has extensive litigation experience in Latin America, frequently serves as expert in international arbitration proceedings, and in court proceedings involving foreign parties in the U.S. He has also been appointed as arbitrator under the rules of the ICC. Professor Gómez holds masters and doctoral degrees from Stanford University School of Law, and a law degree (cum laude) and a specialization in procedural law from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Venezuela).

Date/Time13/03/2018 15:00-16:00
VenueAcademic Conference Room, 11/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU, Pokfulam

Registration Instruction

Registration is open from 06/03/2018 15:00(HKT) to 13/03/2018 15:00(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis.

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