Co-founders

HCHervé Cassan is a Professor and teaches in the Graduate programs in Dispute Prevention and Resolution at the Law Faculty of the University of Sherbrooke (Canada). He holds a Doctorate degree on the State of International Law (University Montpellier). He conducted a dual career as academic and diplomat. As an academic, he has been full Professor at the University Paris-Descartes (Paris 5) from 1983 to 2007 where he has been research director and department director. He has been invited professor at the Hague Academy of International Law, at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and at Louisiana State University (LSU). He has founded and directed the journal Le Trimestre du monde and the Master 2 of prospective « Anticipatory Methods », and he was appointed on the Chair Phyllis Taylor at the Louisiana State University (LSU) from 2007 to 2010. As a diplomat, he has been advisor of the United Nations Secretary-General in New York from 1992 to 1997 (Boutros-Ghali and Kofi Annan), Director of the Office of the Secretary General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie from 1993 to 2002 and a United Nations Ambassador in Geneva and New York from 2002 to 2007. Professor Cassan is regularly called on special missions in numerous developing countries in Africa, in the Middle East and in Asia where he delivers lectures and seminars. He acts as a consultant for various businesses and African countries with respect to the negotiation and writing of international contracts. In addition, he is the special advisor to the Institute for Research and Education on Negotiation in Europe (IRENE) created by ESSEC in Paris. To contact him, please write to : herve.cassan@usherbrooke.ca or click here.

VFVéronique Fraser is a Professor and teaches in the Graduate programs in Dispute Prevention and Resolution at the Law Faculty of the University of Sherbrooke (Canada). She is a lawyer and a member of the Québec (civil law) and Ontario (common law) Bars. She holds a Doctorate degree in Law (Ph.D., University of Ottawa, Common law section), a Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution (LL.M., Pepperdine University, California) and a Master in Transnational Law and Common Law (LL.M., University of Sherbrooke). She has been a mediator at the Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles, a member researcher of the United Nations Governance Roundtable, and participated in the conception of training material for judges and Québec’s crown corporations’ lawyers in the context of the implementation of judicial mediation in the Québec Administrative Tribunal. She was invited to join as a researcher the International Task Force on Mixed Mode Dispute Resolution Processes, a combined effort of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA), the International Mediation Institute (IMI) and the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution of the Pepperdine University, California. To contact her, please write to: veronique.fraser@usherbrooke.ca or click here.

PM-retouchePatrick Mignault is a Professor and teaches in Business Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Sherbrooke (Canada). He has been a member of the Québec Bar since 2002. He holds a Doctorate in Law (LL.D., University of Montreal), a Master in Actuarial Mathematics (M.Sc., Laval University) and a Master in Business Administration (M.B.A. (Finance), Laval University). Before starting an academic career, Professor Mignault practiced as a lawyer with Stikeman Elliott Business Law Firm and as an actuarial analyst at Watson Wyatt. His research activities currently focus on dispute prevention using the risk management framework. He is also interested by governance and regulation of economic activities in financial matters. To contact him, please write to: patrick.mignault@usherbrooke.ca or click here.

AOArthur Oulaï is a Professor and teaches in the Graduate programs in Dispute Prevention and Resolution at the Law Faculty of the University of Sherbrooke (Canada). He holds a Doctorate degree in Banking Law (LL.D., University Laval) and teaches electronic commerce law, as well as civil and commercial arbitration law. He has been Vice-dean of teaching with University of Sherbrooke’s Faculty of Law from 2011 to 2015 and invited professor at the Law Faculty of the University Lyon 2. His research activities and interests are: participatory arbitration, electronic payments, electronic transactions performed by consumers, as well as dispute resolution with respect to electronic transactions. To contact him, please write to: arthur.oulai@usherbrooke.ca or click here.

JFR1Jean-François Roberge is Professor and Director of the Graduate programs in Dispute Prevention and Resolution at the Law Faculty of the University of Sherbrooke (Canada). He holds a Doctorate in Law (LL.D.), a Master’s degree in Psychology (M. Sc.) and a Master’s degree in Dispute Prevention and Resolution (LL.M.). He is a lawyer, a member of the Québec Bar and an accredited mediator with the Québec Institute of Mediation and Arbitration (IMAQ). Professor Roberge is a specialist of judiciary conciliation and mediation and hired by Canada’s National Judicial Institute to train judges in Québec and other Canadian provinces. He participated in numerous sessions of the France’s National Judicial School related to conciliation and mediation and has directed the training provided for civil and commercial mediators in West Africa. He was recruited as an expert by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a subsidiary of the World Bank, to help reform the judicial systems of developing nations with the aim of including the modes of dispute prevention and resolution. To contact him, please write to : jean-francois.roberge@usherbrooke.ca or click here.

Joining the G-PRD team

As a researcher :

1. To be a professor or holder of a doctorate degree; and

2. To integrate a research project with PRD-LAB or a professional project with PRD-PRO.

As an Associate Researcher :

1. To be enrolled in a master’s or doctorate’s program in the area of dispute prevention and resolution; and

2. To participate in a PRD-LAB or PRD-PRO project.

To join the G-PRD team

You can contact directly a member of the team by email,

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