UT Law Professor Benjamin G. Davis was elected vice chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution at the organization’s annual meeting in August in Chicago.
The Section of Dispute Resolution, established in 1993, has more than 18,000 members and is a global leader in dispute resolution. As number three in command, Davis will help to manage and develop the section’s work.“Enhancing peaceful means of dispute resolution at the local, state, national and international levels is what the section and its members do in their remarkable work,” Davis said. “I am deeply honored to have this opportunity to help dispute resolution progress and to bring back that experience to my students.”
Davis has spoken on dispute resolution issues around the world and is published widely across a number of academic disciplines. He led the creation of fast-track international commercial arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce. He has been an early innovator in the development of online dispute resolution, creating an international law student moot court in online negotiation, online mediation, online arbitration and online litigation from 2000 to 2005, and a symposium on the topic of online dispute resolution published in The University of Toledo Law Review in 2006. He is a fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts.
Before teaching, Davis worked in Paris for 17 years. Most of that time was as American legal counsel of the International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration. There, he directly or indirectly supervised more than 5,000 international commercial arbitrations and mediations, and developed training programs on international trade topics for professionals around the world.
Davis also recently was appointed to serve on the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security.
He received a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard College and is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School.