Category: Blog

  • Legal World Will Forever Change Because of the Blockchain

          Technology innovation constantly challenges law to meet the needs of today’s society.  If we rely solely on law to solve the problems of refugees, justice will be delayed. Why?  With the refugee crisis reaching a feverish level in the United States, laws are aspirational from the refugees’ point of view, and US […]

  • Partnering with the World

    On May 31, I spoke at USIP on how our PeaceTones music projects use innovation in the ways we make and enforce laws to help musicians in the developing worlds earn money from themselves and their communities. (See powerpoint slides.) PeaceTones runs programs which teach Intellectual Property laws in the developing world to gifted and […]

  • Nigeria and Online Dispute Resolution

    One of the earliest letters I received from Nigeria (before the Internet – postage/envelope/letter inside/a “real” signature) invited me to help out an individual there who was a relative of a prince and had a very substantial bank account in New York, but they could not access the funds there (millions of dollars) without my […]

  • Waking Up

    Two weeks off, and a trip to visit Machupicchu is coming up. It’s a time to stop and take stock. After all, it’s been ten years since I started IBO and at times it has seemed almost mind numbing. Like usual, I gathered some reading materials before leaving Houston.  THE INNOVATORS by Walter Isaacson, STARTING […]

  • Why We Founded the ABA TECHSHOW – Technology and the Transformation of Law

    When I first worked with Don Hagans and Bruce Jaster from Texas and several others in 1986 to help develop the inaugural ABA TECHSHOW, the idea of using computers in the practice of law was at its complete inception. At the time, I had already started the Computer College in Massachusetts as chair of the […]

  • Shaping the Rule of Law, Trust And Resolution in The Online Justice System

    I was recently published on The Huffington Post examining the concept of trusted online communities, online identity and the shaping a global democracy online. The chance to establish norms for justice over the Internet that transcend international boundaries is something the world, and the legal community in particular, can drive to secure rights both on and offline: […]

  • Two of My Colleagues Explore New Concepts in Data Security at ODR 2014

    This year Internet Bar Organization is co-organizing the international ODR2014 Conference, which will take place from June 25-27 at UC Hastings and Stanford Law. I am excited about the agenda we have put together, which includes many of my closest colleagues. Here is a preview I wrote about a data security presentation by one of my board […]

  • Street Law, Inc.

    When it comes to legal education at a grassroots level, I am drawn to strong initiatives that provide access to justice training, both in the U.S. and beyond. A key player in these efforts is Street Law, Inc, a nonprofit Washington, DC organization dedicated to educating students and communities across the world about their legal […]

  • RAMON MULLERAT – A Visionary and Inspirational Leader in the Law Leaves us too soon. The lawyer, jurist and specialist in international arbitration Ramón Mullerat Balmaña passed away on the morning of May 31, 2013. Ramón was President of the Council of the European lawyers (CCBE) in 1996 and a great promoter of the internationalization […]

  • PeaceTones – Our Time has come – Here’s how you can help

    After having completed several projects in Africa, Brazil and Haiti – PeaceTones is poised to go to Kenya and begin scaling its scope by offering more services to musicians everywhere.  To get there, we need your help. First, to see what we are doing – take a look at this link which tells our story […]