Conflict Resolution in the Digital Age: Perspectives of Emerging Countries
The Cyberjustice Laboratory is hosting a panel at the World Social Sciences Forum held in Montréal on October 13-15, 2013. In the shadow of the courts, various more or less formal dispute resolution mechanisms circulate, such as negotiation, mediation and arbitration. One thing that these mechanisms share is that they are all essentially modes of communication, and thus have been prey to rapid change since the advent of digital technology. By migrating to the Internet, these practices become, in theory, more accessible owing to lower costs and greater speed, and end up finding favour with those who promote more efficient justice in service to the economy and social peace. In the process, these new forms of communication shake up an age-old ecosystem that probably has not undergone such transformation since the invention of writing. Digitalization of dispute resolution methods is thus the harbinger of deep changes in our relationships to disputes and to what justice has to offer. Developing countries are not immune to this evolution. As digital technologies spread through emerging countries, new means of resolving disputes of course count on new technologies to reach their objectives and contribute on their level to national development policies. Under the aegis of the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development, initiated by the World Bank, a community of practice, piloted by the Université de Montréal’s Cyberjustice Laboratory and bringing together many centres of excellence from both the southern and northern hemispheres, is studying specifically the social transformations occurring as digital tools are used in dispute resolution in emerging countries. Just as the research topic of this group of experts is affected by the technological context, so are its research methods. Thus, all of the project’s intellectual and technological outcomes are shared online through a web platform, which guarantees efficient international scientific collaboration.
This content has been updated on 07/10/2019 at 11 h 43 min.