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Online Dispute Resolution In India Got Techno Legal Boost

Use of information and communication technology (ICT) for dispute resolution has become an indispensable part of dispute resolution process these days. For instance, dispute resolution in technology transactions, dispute resolution of cross border technology transactions, online dispute resolution for cross border e-commerce transactions, etc proves this point.

ICT has further increased the efficiency and benefits of ADR. Now the newer concepts like cyber arbitration, cyber mediation, online dispute resolution (ODR), etc have emerged.

Trans border e-commerce activities and business activities mandate that there must be an effective, timely and suitable ADR and ODR mechanism in place where business have to be established. This correlation of foreign direct investment and ADR and ODR is not only direct but also very remunerative. Absence of effective ADR and ODR mechanism may prove detrimental to the valuable foreign exchange.

There must be clear legal standards for online dispute resolution for cross-border electronic transactions in India and world wide. Online dispute resolution in India and e-commerce dispute resolution in India are going to be needed in future. Even e-courts in India must be established.

Perry4Law and Perry4Law’s Techno Legal Base (PTLB) are managing exclusive Techno Legal ADR and ODR Services in India and World wide. Further, PTLB is also managing the best Techno Legal ADR and ODR Research and Training Centre of India and World wide. The best part is that these ADR and ODR initiatives have been “Integrated” with an allied and very promising field known as E-Courts Consultancy and Training Centre of India.

To provide holistic and coordinating activities regarding ADR and ODR, Perry4Law and PTLB have been providing the exclusive Techno Legal Online Dispute Resolution Services in India and world wide.

Persons or institutions interested in having a joint project, sponsorship, partnership, tie up, association, memorandum of understanding (MOU), etc may contact us in this regard.

Online Dispute Resolution For Cross Border E-Commerce Transactions

Online dispute resolution (ODR) is the latest trend in dispute resolution services, especially in European countries and developed nations. For instance, European Commission has recently suggested use of ODR to resolve various disputes.

Even otherwise projects are in process in Europe where technology would be used to enhance access to justice. Even international organisations like World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) are considering use of technology dispute resolution services through ODR in one form or other.

European Commission has in the past recommended use of ODR for cross border consumer disputes. Further, the intentions of international community to use ODR for cross border e-commerce transactions are also well known. So what is this ODR and why it is assuming so much importance these days?

ODR essentially involves innovative use of information and communication technology (ICT) to resolve disputes. ODR is an improvement of the traditional alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms like arbitration, mediation, conciliations, etc. Although all these forms of ADR mechanism are still used in ODR yet the main difference is that of technology.

Being technology driven, ODR is a very wide field. It can be used for resolving various interpersonal disputes including consumer to consumer disputes (C2C) or marital separation; to court disputes and interstate conflicts. However, the most significant use of ODR is its application to e-commerce.

In particular ODR is most suitable for resolving disputes arising out of business to consumer (B2C) and business to business (B2B) online transactions. ODR is also conducive for resolving disputes between parties that are residing in far away and opposite countries of the World. In this ICT connected World, ODR is increasingly used for resolving disputes arising out of cross-border electronic commerce transactions, including B2B and B2C transactions.

However, ODR cannot succeed in the absence of harmonised legal and regulatory framework. There must be a common standard and best practices for ODR to succeed. Similarly, another key factor for the success of ODR is efficient enforcement. Without efficient enforcement ODR would lack the appeal to the parties to adopt ODR for dispute resolution. Although the journey of ODR has begun yet it has still to cover a long gap.

At Perry4Law we would always strive for the betterment of ODR in general and parties to the dispute in particular. Our specialised Techno Legal Segment Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB) has been working in the sphere of “International Harmonisation” regarding ODR. We are not only providing Techno Legal ODR Services but are also working in the direction of Research, Training, Education and Policy Making regarding ADR and ODR. We hope our initiatives and efforts would prove useful for all concerned.

Perry4Law and PTLB are presently working in the direction of formulating a framework that is compatible for both national and international ODR and technology dispute resolution institutions and organisations. We would come up with the same after some time once our national and international cooperations and collaborations are clear.

Source: ICTPS Blog