One of the roles of the NAFTA 2022 Committee (the Committee) is education. It is an ongoing process for business representatives, lawyers and judges to learn about the advantages of arbitration and mediation and to become comfortable with these mechanisms. Many contracts are done in form basis and they do not necessarily address ADR or anticipate problems that may arise specifically as a result of the international nature of the transactions. Likewise, many contracts are negotiated by businesses themselves; and many small and medium-sized businesses, as well as in-house lawyers, may not be familiar with ADR mechanisms, or may only be familiar with ADR in the domestic (rather than international) context. As such, education constitutes an important part of the Committee outreach efforts.

Annual Committee Meeting Outreach Events

The Committee has undertaken a number of outreach activities in conjunction with its regularly-scheduled meetings.

Outreach sessions have occurred at the following Annual meetings:

  • Mexico City (June 1999)
  • Calgary (June 2000)
  • Denver (January 2002)
  • Oaxaca (September 2003)
  • Santa Fe (September 2004)
  • Ottawa (October 2005)
  • Morelia (June 2006)
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico (March 2007)
  • Vancouver, B.C. (March 2008)
  • Queretaro (September 2009)
  • Houston (June 2010)
  • Puebla (October 2012)
  • Los Angeles (September 2013)

Additional Outreach Activities

In recent years, the Committee has been working with the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade (NatLaw) to provide additional opportunities for businesses (and their lawyers) to learn more about how they can benefit from the use of ADR in their operations. As part of these efforts, the Committee and NatLaw have coordinated panel presentations on ADR in various locations and for various participants. In these presentations, government and private sector representatives from all three NAFTA countries have addressed the importance and benefits of resorting to alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. In recent years, the Committee has been working with the to provide additional opportunities for businesses (and their lawyers) to learn more about how they can benefit from the use of ADR in their operations.  As part of these efforts, the Committee and NatLaw have coordinated panel presentations on ADR in various locations and for various participants. In these presentations, government and private sector representatives from all three NAFTA countries have addressed the importance and benefits of resorting to alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

2016

August, Washington, DC, US - "International Council for Commercial Arbitration Judicial Training".  Organized by NatLaw and the 2022 Committee

2015

August, Mexico City, MX - "Experiences on Enforcement of Judgments and Awards in the NAFTA region & the energy reform in Mexico and arbitration" Panel.  Organized by the 2022 Committee in collaboration with the ANADE (National Association for Corporate Lawyers)

2014

June, Tucson AZ, US – “Best Practices in International Arbitration” Panel at the AZ State Bar Convention
Organized by NatLaw, the 2022 Committee and the State Bar of Arizona, Arbitration Section

June, Tucson, AZ, US – “Making ADR Accessible to All” Presentation to business community
Organized by NatLaw and the 2022 Committee

2013

September, Los Angeles, CA, US - Panel on Entertainment and Media Industries and their Uses of ADR
Organized by the 2022 Committee and Southwestern Law School

September, Los Angeles, CA, US - Overview on Arbitration and Mediation in the NAFTA Countries: Legal, Judicial and Practical Considerations
Organized by NatLaw, the 2022 Committee and Southwestern Law School

2012

September, Mexico City, Mexico - Symposium on Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms at the Federal Judicial Institute
Organized by NatLaw, the 2022 Committee, the Federal Judicial Institute and the Barra Mexicana de Abogados

October, Puebla, Mexico - Round Table on the use of ADR mechanisms in the NAFTA Region
Organized by NatLaw and the 2022 Committee

October, Puebla, Mexico - Presentation by Local Representatives on the development of ADR in Puebla
Organized by the 2022 Committee and the Mediation Center of the State of Puebla

2011

May, Mexico City, Mexico – Conference on Mediation and Arbitration in Mexico and the Judiciary
Organized by NatLaw and the 2022 Committee

2010

May, Mexico City, Mexico – ADR Working Session on various commercial matters
Organized by NatLaw, the Federal Judicial Institute and the CAJ

May, Mexico City, Mexico – ADR Program and Panel Presentations on commercial law reform in Mexico and the development of model contracts
Organized by NatLaw and the 2022 Committee

June, Houston, TX, US – Outreach session for the judiciary on international and domestic ADR in the NAFTA region
Organized by NatLaw and the 2022 Committee

June, Houston, TX, US – Outreach sessions for lawyers, businesspersons, and members of the academic community on ADR in the NAFTA region
Organized by NatLaw, the 2022 Committee and the South Texas College of Law

2009

August, Mexico City, Mexico – ADR Outreach Panel for members of the judiciary on ADR mechanisms in Mexico
Organized by NatLaw

September, Querétaro, Mexico – Committee Presentations at the Annual Training Conference on ADR in Mexico and Canada
Organized by the 2022 Committee and Mexico’s National Association of Corporate Lawyers (ANADE)

November, Mexico – Outreach to the judiciary - first certification program to certify mediators
Organized by NatLaw, Mexican Instituto de Estudios Judiciales del Tribunal Superior de Justicia del D.F. (Institute for Judicial Studies of the Superior Court of Justice of the Federal District – the Institute) and the Center for Alternative Justice (CAJ - also within the Superior Court of Justice)

2008

March, Vancouver, Canada – Outreach session on challenges in the mining/extractive industry
Organized by the 2022 Committee

April, Honduras – Meeting to establish a potential program on sectorial alternative dispute resolution in Honduras
Organized by NatLaw, the Tegucigalpa Chamber of Commerce (Cámara de Comercio e Industria de Tegucigalpa – CCIT) and the Cortés Chamber of Commerce (Cámara de Comercio e Industrias de Cortés)

October, AZ, US – Committee Presentation at an international trade forum “Government’s and Non-Governmental Organization’s Efforts to Develop International Trade Opportunities in Arizona”
Organized by the State Bar of Arizona International Law Section

2007

Guadalajara, Mexico – Presentation by the Committee
Organized by the North American World Trade Centers

March, Puerto Rico, US – Committee Presentation on dispute resolution in the NAFTA region
Organized by the University of Puerto Rico

June, Phoenix, AZ, US - Panel Presentation on various ADR topics
Organized by NatLaw and the Arizona State Bar

Reno, NV, US – Discussions with the National Judicial College (NJC) about collaboration for cross-border ADR outreach/education/training for judges
Organized by NatLaw

2006

May, Tucson, AZ, US – ADR Presentation to address US-Mexico cross-border legal issues and other topics
Organized by NatLaw

June, Scottsdale, AZ, US – ADR Panel Discussion to address CAFTA developments
Organized by the International Law Section of the Arizona Bar Association in Scottsdale, Arizona

Guadalajara, Mexico – NLCIFT Presentation on ADR, the Committee, and the 2022 website
Organized by the Autonomous University of Guadalajara

2005

October, Mexico City, Mexico – ADR Presentation, “Current Legal Developments in U.S.-Mexico Trade and Investment”
Organized by the Texas-Mexico Bar Association and the University of Texas School of Law

November, Mexico City, Mexico – ADR Panel Presentation to address questions about arbitration
Organized by NatLaw in collaboration with the 2022 Committee, as well as with the World Trade Center (WTC)

2004

Monterrey, Mexico – ADR Presentation in Conjunction with International forum “Let’s Make NAFTA Competitive”
Organized by the Border Trade Alliance (BTA) to discuss various aspects of trade relations in the NAFTA countries

Calgary, Canada – ADR Presentation, Outreach Program to address trade and customs issues
Organized by the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters (IE Canada)

Vancouver, Canada - ADR Presentation, Outreach Program to address trade and customs issues
Organized by the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters (IE Canada)

2003

March, Washington D.C., US – ADR Panel at Meeting on capital formation and capacity building in Central America as part of the CAFTA negotiations
Sponsored by U.S. Department of Commerce, NatLaw, INCAE (Instituto Centroamericano de Administración de Empresas in Costa Rica) and the North-South Center at the University of Miami.

March and April, Charlotte, NC, US – Panel on the use of ADR and the insertion of an ADR clause in the context of the new NAFTA bill of lading and ADR implications for the transportation industry
Sponsored by Belmont Abbey College, Expide Logistics, in collaboration with the NatLaw and the Council of Logistics Management's Charlotte Roundtable

September, Washington, D.C., US – ADR Panel as part of the Small & Medium Enterprise (SME) Congress of the Americas Meeting
Organized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), as a sub-program within its National Entrepreneurial Conference & Expo