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  • Dr. Ayelet Sela, Faculty of Law

    Dr. Ayelet Sela, Faculty of Law

    Faculty of Law Researcher Receives Award from International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution

    Date: 2019-03-06 Hour: 9:23

    Dr. Ayelet Sela, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Law at Bar-Ilan University, has been named a co-winner of the 2018 Award for Outstanding Professional Article by The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR).  Based in Washington, DC, CPR is a global non-profit organization that advances dispute prevention and resolution practices.  

    The Award for Outstanding Professional Article recognizes articles published by academics and other professionals that advance understanding in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Criteria for the award focus on processes, techniques, systems, commitment and scholarship, which address the resolution, prevention or creative management of major disputes. 

    Sela was recognized for her article "Can Computers be Fair? How Automated and Human-Powered Online Dispute Resolution Affect Procedural Justice in Mediation and Arbitration", which explores the impact of human-computer interaction and AI-driven mediation and arbitration on disputants’ procedural justice experiences and reports the results of an experiment to that effect. The article was published in the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution.

    In a letter of thanks to CPR, Sela wrote, "Since online dispute resolution (ODR) platforms are becoming prevalent world-over, in both private and public settings, I expect that these questions will become central to the practice of dispute resolution. I am hopeful that the professional leadership of the field will recognize the importance of sharing field-data with researchers to enable exploring ODR’s effect on disputants, procedural standards, outcomes, and access to justice in real-world settings.  What is already clear, is that the intersection of dispute resolution and advanced information technologies will continue to present us with professional challenges and opportunities for innovative research." 

    Sela also congratulated her co-winner, Prof. S.I. Strong, of the University of Missouri School of Law. "Professor Strong and I share a common interest in the application of empirical and interdisciplinary research methods to the study of dispute resolution, and I am delighted that the Awards Committee has recognized the contribution of such scholarship to our field," she wrote.

    Sela, who is also a member of the Bar-Ilan Data Science Institute, received her J.S.M. and J.S.D. degrees from Stanford University Law School.  Among the courses she teaches in the Faculty of Law are Dispute System Design and Law and Technology.  She is the recipient of multiple fellowships, grants and awards.

    “Each year, the submissions for CPR’s Academic and Y-ADR awards grow even more impressive, honing in on the most cutting-edge issues in dispute resolution today,” said Noah Hanft, CPR CEO & President. “We congratulate the winners and look forward to another brilliant year of thought leadership from our awards participants, who exemplify the potential and promise of ADR.”

    The 36th Annual Academic Awards for Outstanding Scholarship in dispute resolution were presented in the framework of CPR's Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, on Friday, March 1.