We have now released the GPC Austin Report on the IMI website. This report is one of a set of eight North American reports created as part of an IMI project funded by the AAA-ICDR Foundation.

The North American suite of reports present findings from data that has never been analyzed before and gives insight into the commercial dispute resolution (DR) landscape in North America.

The GPC Austin Report explores the characteristics of users of DR in Austin, how the market responds to their needs, obstacles and challenges facing their jurisdiction and provides a vision for the future of commercial DR in Austin.

Some results may be expected. Others may be quite surprising. 

The following is a sample of some of the themes emerging from The GPC Austin Report. To learn more about Austin, download the report from the IMI website.

‘The popularity of mediation is having a significant impact on commercial DR in Austin. There is a growing number of qualified and proficient practitioners available and parties are turning to them to facilitate processes where they can feel heard and identify non-legal perspectives on their dispute. Despite the availability of innovative and flexible approaches, detailed knowledge about the full range of DR options is not widespread. Education and collaboration both within and across legal and business communities, are key to consolidating any shift away from traditional adversarial processes.’

GPC Austin Report

3 Strengths

  1. Openness to innovation e.g. ODR, Collaborative Civil Law, Guided Choice, mediator as process master
  2. Value placed on pre-dispute processes and party self-determination
  3. Practitioners who provide scope for relationships to be salvaged

3 Limitations

  1. Arbitration failing to provide a timely, efficient and cost-effective alternative to litigation
  2. Discovery that is disproportionate or used as a delaying tactic
  3. Lack of opportunity to promote early resolution/collaborative processes

3 Priorities

  1. Creating DR awareness campaigns with a focus on party self-determination
  2. Developing rigorous and transparent ADR standards
  3. Identifying opportunities for early intervention and collaborative approaches

Where can I become IMI Certified near Austin?

IMI Certification is the international gold standard for mediation worldwide. Read about the benefits here.

IMI Qualifying Assessment Programs near Austin are the American Arbitration Association Dallas and JAMS Dallas. (JAMS’ QAP is open to JAMS mediators only.) Find other nearby programs here.

The complete suite of North American reports includes:

  • The GPC Austin Report
  • The GPC Baltimore Report
  • The GPC Los Angeles Report
  • The GPC Miami Report
  • The GPC New York Report
  • The GPC San Francisco Report
  • The GPC Toronto Report
  • The GPC North America Report

Culminating in the final comparative report:

  • The GPC North America Report

Clear features of each city who hosted a GPC event have become apparent – and similarities and differences between jurisdictions have surfaced. Distinct and actionable recommendations in relation to the findings have emerged. These recommendations have the potential to make a significant impact on the future of commercial DR in North America.

All the reports will be made available on the IMI website.

Danielle Hutchinson

Posted by Danielle Hutchinson

Lawyer and mediator specialising in cross-disciplinary approaches to people-centred dispute resolution. Co-founder, Resolution Resources & ADR Specialist for the Victorian Govt.

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