The Penn State Yearbook on Arbitration and Mediation presents its 2016 symposium, The Politics of Arbitration. The daylong event will feature leading alternative dispute resolution scholars and practitioners addressing the partisan ideologies that may underlie arbitration in practice.

The Yearbook believes that this symposium topic will provide a stimulating discussion and coincide with the forthcoming United States elections.

Examples of topics to be discussed by our confirmed panelists include:

  • the effects of extreme religious liberty on mandatory arbitration agreements that discriminate in the selection and appointment of arbitrators;
  • class action waivers under the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau;
  • the miscommunication between the international business/arbitration community and the human rights community when it comes to investment arbitration;
  • subverting arbitration; and
  • the effects of the arbitration provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits will be offered free of charge to attorneys who register and attend the event.


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Friday, January 29th
8:40 AM

Panel 1 - Moderated by Professor Thomas Carbonneau

Roland Brand, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Benjamin Davis, University of Toledo College of Law

8:40 AM - 10:10 AM

10:20 AM

Panel 2 - Moderated by Professor Jack Coe, Jr.

David Larson, Hamline University School of Law
Petra Butler, Victoria University of Wellington
Mark Bravin, Winston & Strawn LLP

10:20 AM - 12:30 PM

1:30 PM

Panel 3 - Moderated by Professor Chris Drahozal

Hiro Aragaki, Loyola Law School - Los Angeles
Jeffrey Dasteel, UCLA School of Law
Patricia Shaughnessy, University of Stockholm School of Law

1:30 PM - 3:15 PM

3:15 PM

Closing Remarks: Professor Thomas Carbonneau

Thomas Carbonneau, Penn State Law

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM