This event will be the official launch of the Oxford ADR Society. This society aims at furthering the spread of Alternate Dispute Resolution, by increasing awareness about different ADR processes and getting a larger number of students involved in ADR-related activities. This includes speaker events, panel discussions as well as inter-college and international competitions. Last year, for the first time, a team represented Oxford at the 11th ICC Mediation Competition in Paris. At present, the Society is working towards sending another team to the 12th edition of the same competition, to held in Paris in February 2017. The Oxford ADR Society is officially sponsored by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and JAMS International.

This event open to anyone interested in any form of Alternate Dispute Resolution including mediation, negotiation etc. The event will commence with a keynote address by the Senior Member, followed by an introduction by the President and a Panel Discussion on ‘Brexit and Current Trends in Mediation’. The panellists will be Prof. Horst Eidenmueller, Jay Welsh, Dr. Andreas Hacke and Matthew Rushton.

Prof. Horst Eidenmüller joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford as a Visiting Professor in 2009. Subsequently, in 2015, he took up the Freshfields Chair for Commercial Law and a Professorial Fellowship at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford. He has held several visiting positions at major universities, acted as an arbitrator in more than 30 commercial disputes (DIS, ICC, UNCITRAL, Ad Hoc) and as a mediator in more than 50 commercial disputes since 1995.

Jay Welsh is the General Counsel of JAMS International and a founder of the JAMS Foundation. He guides both the Foundation and the JAMS Institute, which provides the JAMS panel of neutrals with training on all ADR topics. He has taught in various law schools in the US and has also done numerous workshops on arbitration, mediation etc. across the world.

Dr. Andreas Hacke is a partner at Zwanzig, Hacke, Meilke & Partners since 2005. He previously worked for Hengeler Mueller. He represents and advises clients in commercial and corporate law as well as in the resolution of economic conflicts. He is a specialist in commercial and corporate law and is active as an economic mediator and arbitrator.

Matthew Rushton is the Deputy Managing Director of JAMS International. Initially a legal journalist, Matthew moved into the ADR space in 2007, when he founded Empirical Publishing, an online legal publisher focused on ADR. Subsequently, he has advised in relation to a number of ADR-related ventures and is a regular speaker on ADR topics at conferences