Robo-Revolution: Arbitrating Smart Contract Disputes; Int'l Mediation Competition to Feature Agribusiness Dispute
All training participants are entitled to attend CPR's Annual Meeting's Friday and Saturday sessions for free. Take advantage of this full week of Power ADR!
the CPR
February 4, 2019

Welcome to the "CPR DateBook," in which we periodically provide you with details on CPR's upcoming events in one place for easier planning purposes. These mailings will also contain helpful tips, highlights and links to breaking CPR news and initiatives, as well as CPR resources you may want to explore or revisit. CPR is always hard at work to provide information and other tools to help you advance your dispute resolution goals. To print the DateBook, first open it in your browser here.


Come join us at CPR's 2019 Annual Meeting, Session 7, in which we will discuss the future role of ADR from algorithms to arbitration in unique disputes arising out of e-commerce and blockchain technology. Meet our moderator and panelists, below:

Consider combining AM19 with the CPR/CDR Advanced Mediation Skills Training, taking place in DC
Feb 25-28, 2019 (in which case your AM19 meeting registration for Friday and Saturday is

On January 23, CPR's Energy, Oil and Gas Committee hosted “Cocktails and Conversation" at BakerHostetler's event space in Houston. More than 100 people attended the event, which took place on the Wednesday before the ITA International Energy Arbitration Conference. 

Moderated by BakerHostetler Partner, Sashe Dimitroff, the panel of in-house counsel discussed the powerful impact of ADR as it continues to evolve in the energy sector. 

“This was the second such VIP energy-insider event and regional meeting CPR held in Houston and, based upon the responses we've received, we plan to host the event annually," said Anna Hershenberg, CPR's VP, Programs & Public Policy. "It is also a testament to, and perfect example of, the thought leadership and networking opportunities that stem from CPR’s unique committee structure, and particularly the hard work of CPR’s committee members and chairs. Sincere thanks go to BakerHostetler and to all of our distinguished speakers.”

See below for a photo of our panel. From left to right: Sashe Dimitroff, BakerHostetler (moderator); Raj Duvvuri, Marathon Oil; Mimi Lee, Chevron Upstream; Laura Robertson, ConocoPhillips; and James Kerr, Southern Company. 

"Decipher Me and Devour Me"--An Agribusiness Dispute

The problem for this year's competition has just been released and is now available on the competition webpage HERE

This year, the competition problem – "Decipher Me and Devour Me" – involves an agri-business dispute opposing TUPI FRUIT EXPORTS LTDA. (“TFE”) and AGRITECH FRUIT WHOLESALERS, Inc. (“AFW”) arising out of a Purchase & Sale Agreement for the supply of figs. Smart contracts and blockchain are also involved.

Thanks go to the authors of the problem Fernanda Levy, Alexandre Simões, Claudia Frankel Grosman, Denise Shaw and Patricia Freitas Fuoco.

The problem is now in the hands of the 92 participants – students and coaches – who will participate in this year's competition.

Good luck to all of our participants! 


Upcoming CPR events and trainings


NEW: February 23, 2019 - Harvard International Arbitration Conference,
 “Arbitration in a Complex World: Challenges and Perspectives of Modern International Arbitration.” CPR is an institutional partner of this event. 

February 25-28, 2019 -
CPR/CEDR Advanced Mediation Skills Training at BakerHostetler, Washington, D.C.

February 28 - March 2, 2019 -
CPR's Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

March 8, 2019 - Columbia Arbitration Day (CAD), Columbia Law School: “10 Years of CAD: New Ideas, New Concerns”

April 12, 2019 - Olivier P. André, SVP, International, will be speaking at the ABA Dispute Resolution Spring Conference on a panel titled "Diversity and Inclusion in ADR: Are We Doing Enough?" in Minneapolis

April 30, 2019, 2 pm -
CPR's Philadelphia Regional Meeting, co-hosted by Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis is now taking place at the beautiful and historical Union Club in Philadelphia, founded in 1862 

NEW: May 7, 2019 - 
CPR Banking & Financial Services meeting featuring Hon. Robert D. Drain, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York. Lunch will be served, starting at 12:15 pm. Location to be announced.

May 13 -17, 2019 - Columbia Law School/Chartered Institute Comprehensive Course on International Arbitration, Hogan Lovells, New York - A week-long systematic and comprehensive examination of the law and practice of international arbitration.The course features lecture and interactive segments and is designed for arbitrators, advocates, in-house counsel and others interested in international arbitration. NOTE: Early registration discount ends April 12, 2019.


February 4, 2019 -
CPR's 2019 Canada Conference - Fasken, Toronto 

February 4, 2019 – CPR Canada Advisory Board in-person meeting from 2:30-4:30 pm at Fasken in Toronto. (CAB Members Only).

March 6, 2019 at 6 pm. Y-ADR/DIS40 joint program on "Cyber Security and Data protection in the Resolution of Transatlantic Disputes" hosted by Shearman & Sterling in Frankfurt, Germany

March 7, 2019 – CPR European Advisory Board In-Person Meeting hosted by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Frankfurt, Germany (EAB Members Only)

April 4-6, 2019 -
2019 CPR International Mediation Competition, São Paulo, Brazil

May 15, 2019. CPR European Conference hosted by SwissRe in London, UK

*Through CPR's collaboration with CEDR, CPR members and Distinguished Neutrals can receive a 10% discount on CEDR
Mediation Skills and Employment and Workplace Courses. Before registering, contact to receive your discount code.