Committee Events

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One of the roles of the NAFTA 2022 Committee (the Committee) is education. It is an ongoing process for business representatives, lawyers and judges to learn about the advantages of arbitration and mediation and to become comfortable with these mechanisms. Many contracts are done in form basis and they do not necessarily address ADR or anticipate problems that may arise specifically as a result of the international nature of the transactions. Likewise, many contracts are negotiated by businesses themselves; and many small and medium-sized businesses, as well as in-house lawyers, may not be familiar with ADR mechanisms, or may only be familiar with ADR in the domestic (rather than international) context. As such, education constitutes an important part of the Committee outreach efforts.

Annual Committee Meeting Outreach Events

The Committee has undertaken a number of outreach activities in conjunction with its regularly-scheduled meetings.

Outreach sessions have occurred at the following Annual meetings:

Additional Outreach Activities

In recent years, the Committee has been working with the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade (NatLaw) to provide additional opportunities for businesses (and their lawyers) to learn more about how they can benefit from the use of ADR in their operations. As part of these efforts, the Committee and NatLaw have coordinated panel presentations on ADR in various locations and for various participants. In these presentations, government and private sector representatives from all three NAFTA countries have addressed the importance and benefits of resorting to alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

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