Online Dispute Resolution for E-Justice

The International workshop on Online Dispute Resolution for E-Justice is organised in the framework of the e-Justice ODR scheme project (G.A. 101046468)  will be a hybrid event held on Monday, June 19th at the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, in conjunction with the 19th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law (ICAIL 2023).


The purpose of the workshop is to discuss the different layers of existing and potential ODR /e-justice systems to provide a broad theoretical, comparative and practical outlook on the subject. The existing diversity of the adopted approaches, methods and techniques and the experience gathered so far in connection with the developed tools and relevant legal regulation call for a more unified methodological perspective.

The workshop is organised in the frame of the DG Justice supported  project, titled “E-justice ODR Scheme”. This project is led by the European University Institute and involves the  institutions where the workshop co-organizers work. The purpose of the project is to develop an open, general and adaptable semi-specification of an ODR system using open digital mapping of standard e-justice ODR processes and standard or semi-standard digital tools (e.g. BPMN tools) to warrant a more standardised approach concerning the development of various ODR tools.

Keynote speech: ODR through the Lens of Access to Justice

Professor Amy J. Schmitz, Full Professor and Chair in Law at The Ohio State Moritz College of Law and Program on Dispute Resolution in the United States, will discuss how she and others became interested in “online dispute resolution” (ODR) many years ago as means for expanding access to justice (A2J). Although there is no generally accepted definition of ODR, it includes online problem diagnosis and self-help tools, as well as technologies to promote online negotiation, mediation, arbitration, community courts, and variations thereof. Nonetheless, ODR comes with perils and it is necessary to revamp research regarding ODR to promote A2J. As Co-Director of the Translational Data Analytics Institute (TDAI) for Responsible Data Science at The Ohio State University, Professor Schmitz will add concerns not only about process and design, but also the human element. In these times of iterative AI, and mechanisms like ChatGPT, there are reasons to be concerned that we have lost perspective on what it means to promote “responsible data science.” Furthermore, there is a lack of comparative research to date that compares in-person verses online dispute resolution with a deeper lens beyond outcomes and time. Professor Schmitz hopes to engage discussion on this topic, after sharing her own pre-Covid research, and future research avenues and ideas that she and others hope to pursue in the future.”


09:15 – 09:45 Introduction and presentation of the e-Justice ODR scheme project
Federica Casarosa and Zbynek Loebl – presentation

09:45-10:30 ODR E-Justice Scheme: Conceptual and Legal Layers
Kick-off presentation by Michał Araszkiewicz – presentation

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:00 Keynote: ODR Through the Lens of Access to Justice (A2J)
Amy Schmitz

12:00-13:00 Discussion including experts, John Zeleznikow and Philipp Hacker, participating online

13:00-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-14:45 BPMN tool and on the process of extracting data elements
Kick-off presentation by Davide Rua Carneiro – presentation

14:45-15:30 Ethical aspects of ODR mechanisms
Kick-off presentation by Yashar Saghai, Hans Micklitz and Federica Casarosa – presentation

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-16:30 CREA2: a digital journey in the field of the division of assets
Marco Giacalone and Mattia Fonisto

16:30 General discussion
17:30 Concluding remarks