The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution has just published a comprehensive new protocol for document production and presentation of witness testimony in commercial arbitration. The document covers electronic discovery, depositions, experts, and procedural options in each of these areas. Working groups were chaired by Prof. Thomas J. Stipanowich of Pepperdine University, and Lawrence W. Newman, Baker & McKenzie, LLP. About two dozen CPR members worked on the document, including representatives of firms serving as outside counsel, corporate counsel, and scholars from leading academic institutions.
Known as the CPR Protocol on Disclosure of Documents and Presentation of Witnesses in Commercial Arbitration , this new resource has great promise in introducing efficiencies and standardization in areas that have proved vexing in organizing and administering complex arbitration proceedings.
We suggest that you circulate it liberally among your partners and associates.