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Bizet’s CARMEN, Wagner’s RING CYCLE, Melville’s BILLY BUDD, and Hugo’s LES MISERABLES and North American First Nations legend, THE PAJAMA GAME and Carroll’s ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND are presented as examplary lessons for arbitrators. “Perhaps our awards may not achieve the status of great literature; but we can find the themes of many arbitral disputes …

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William J. Fallon, 1985-1986 President of the National Academy of Arbitrators, encourages the use of humor to provide valuable insights into the solemn world of arbitration. The message is to “lighten up!”

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Having heard panel members take exception to some of his considered opinions about the occasional shortcomings of tripartite arbitration panels, Arnold Zack responds: “I have sat here patiently through these vituperative comments made by allegedly informed experts on the subject of tripartite panels. I can take it no longer. I am at the end of …

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A satirical look at the consequences if the youth movement took over the National Academy of Arbitrators.

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Luncheon address lightheartedly and poetically addressing arbitrator selection, hearing arrangements, case preparation and presentation, and decision-writing.

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The automated arbitrators

The author humorously foretells the events of the first proceeding ever conducted by an Electronic Hearing Officer, the selection of arbitrators by computer and computerization of the decision-making process. The commentators make their contributions in verse.

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An amusing essay on ways to gain an advantage in arbitration without seeming to engage in unfair tactics. Modeled on the classic book by Stephen Potter.

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A wry lament on the subject of the many difficulties of our lonely craft.

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