JAMS neutral John Bates, JD ’74 will facilitate discussions with Weinstein JAMS International Fellows concerning their 2019 Fellowship projects and the development and current status of dispute resolution in their home countries.
Founded in 1979, JAMS is the world’s largest private alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider.
Pranjal Sinha (India) is a mediator and co-founder/CEO of SAMA (formerly ODRways), a start-up E-ADR institution operating in over twenty-one cities across India that has handled more than 2,000 cases ranging in value from 30 dollars to 65 million dollars. Winner of the E-ADR Challenge 2019, ODRways competed with 72 ADR centers around the world, obtaining the official contract to develop an online dispute resolution platform for banking disputes for the largest private bank in India. ODRways was recognized in India by the Ministry of Law and Justice as one of the top twelve ADR Centers and by Google as the “Socially Most Innovative Platform in 2015.” While managing the growth of SAMA/ODRways, Mr. Sinha recently graduated as a lawyer in 2019 from West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS). During his Fellowship, he intends to study dispute resolution culture prevalent in the U.S. through observation of mediations and meetings with senior mediators. He also plans to attend academic training in social entrepreneurship and leadership to assist him in the further development of his dispute resolution online platform.
Eleni Charalambidou (Cyprus) is the founder/CEO of EnConsensus Solutions, an ADR company providing mediation, negotiation, and dispute resolution services in Cyprus. An accredited mediator, Ms. Charalambidou also mediates in collaboration with the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and serves as a trainer for the Athens Mediation Training Institute and ADR Center Global. During her Fellowship in the U.S., Ms. Charalambidou intends to attend advanced mediation training programs and observe mediations to further refine her mediation skills while focusing on how to promote the development of mediation in Cyprus. She also plans to study best practices in the administration and management of U.S. commercial mediation providers applicable to establishing a mediation and negotiation center with international presence in Cyprus.
Katarzyna Przyluska-Ciszewska (Poland) is a lawyer and mediator with experience in civil, criminal, administrative and community disputes. She has served as President of the National Bar Association’s Mediation Center since founding the organization in 2011. As President, she promotes the use of mediation in Poland through training and education and participates in the legislative process involving mediation regulation in Parliament. Ms. Przyluska-Ciszewska was also appointed by the Ministry of Economy to an advisory team focused on the amicable resolution of commercial disputes. During her Fellowship, she intends to further develop her mediation skills and advance her understanding of how to expand the culture of mediation and dispute resolution to decrease the escalation of conflict in Poland.
Ugochinyelu Anidi (Nigeria) is a lecturer-in-law at the University of Nigeria and serves as a mediator affiliated with the Enugu State Multi-Door Courthouse. As part of her Fellowship, she plans to conduct a study of academic clinical mediation courses at law schools in the U.S. to enhance the quality of dispute resolution education and training available in Nigeria. Upon completion of her Fellowship, she intends to apply the knowledge gained in the U.S. to establish clinical mediation programs with Nigerian law faculties and develop the first center for mediation at the University of Nigeria. By increasing the growth of mediation in Nigeria through improved instruction, Ms. Anidi hopes to support ADR institutions such as the multi-door courthouses by providing well-trained staff while ensuring the availability of mediation services for indigent members of local communities.