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Passion for ODR

Passion for ODR

Where does your passion and interest in online dispute resolution come from?



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I see so much potential. When you look back, I sometimes make the comparison looking back, way, way back. So, throughout the recorded history of law, I see that the justice providers always used state of the art technology. I don’t know whether you heard of the Codex Hammurabi, which is the first written law that we know. It was chiselled in a piece of rock and that was how information was captured by that.


If you look at the Romans, they used perkamentus [sic] an ink that was state of the art information technology by then. We’ve got Napoleon in our Civil Law countries, and he used the art of printing books. That was the state of the art technology then. What it did was enabling dissemination of legal information on a much larger scale. That was not simply using different means, that was really innovating what they were doing.


When I look, what we’re doing right now is putting information in books and CD-ROMS’s and on simple static websites. And I’m wondering, “Are we still using, to the full potential, the state of the art information technology that we have available right now? I don’t think so. I think we should really reconsider, redesign, adjust these processes in information provision and dispute resolution support, and really look at what people already are doing with it and see how we can integrate that in our justice processes.


I see that’s a huge opportunity. It’s not only for users, but I also see the opportunity for lawyers to finally get rid of all the administrative stuff that they have to do and what they never went to law school for. No one wants to do boring intakes, collecting factual stuff, you want to go to the real lawyering, the real nitty-gritty of the law because that’s what you were educated for, that’s what you are passionate about. You don’t want to do that administrative stuff.


So I see that these types of applications allow automation of these administrative things and help lawyers get back to their lawyering again, to focus on that. We create efficiencies on the way. The lawyers, the mediators can benefit from that, and the users can benefit from that as well. So I think

there’s huge potential for that.


If I see that potential, I see that there’s not as much development for using it as you would wish for and that’s where my passion comes in and I see if no one is doing that, than I should do it probably. We should do it here.

About the mediator

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Jin Ho combines expertise from dispute system design, access to justice, UX/UI design, and (online) dispute resolution. He helps courts and other justice sector organisations to update and innovate their procedures and justice processes. For the past 8 years, he has been utilising technology to build better user interfaces for the justice system. Jin Ho initiated, designed and implemented several IT based justice applications in both the ... View Mediator