ITA Legal Educators Listserv (ITA-LEL)

The ITA operates this listserv (ITA-LEL) to promote the exchange of information and opinions on different pedagogical approaches, innovative teaching techniques and other topics relevant to the instruction of international dispute resolution. This discussion board is intended only for dispute resolution instructors, including visiting and adjunct professors who teach international dispute resolution related courses. All such dispute resolution instructors are welcome to participate, whether or not members of ITA or its Academic Council.

As a listserv, it is an easy-to-use medium: a subscriber simply sends an email to the listserv email address and the message is then automatically sent to all subscribers.  To ensure quality, candid colloquy as well as respect for all, participants must adhere to the ITA-LEL Rules of Usage (below).

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Prof. Manuel A. Gomez
Associate Dean of International and Graduate Studies
Florida International University College of Law
Miami, Florida
Eduardo Damiao Goncalves
Prof. S.I. Strong, FCIArb
Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law
Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution
University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri

  1. Chatham House Rule: Messages posted on ITA-LEL are personal and subject to the “Chatham House Rule”, i.e., participants are free to use the information received, but may not reveal the identity/affiliation of the author or any other participant. This technique is used to encourage the free flow of opinions and materials.

  2. What type of messages can be posted on ITA-LEL?:
    • ITA-LEL should be used to exchange information and opinions about issues relevant to teaching international dispute resolution. Messages may relate to different pedagogical approaches, innovative teaching techniques and related subjects. Listserv members may also seek advice or post alerts about recent legal developments and/or recent scholarly or professional publications. Contributions should be made in a way that other members of the group can respond and engage in meaningful debate.
    • Contributions should have substance (i.e. no messages simply saying “yes, I concur” or “no, that is nonsense”). Instead, a response should include a reasoned argument or relevant new information. Contributions should be courteous and professional in tone.
    • Contributors may also post messages to publicize their relevant work. It would be useful to include not only an abstract of the relevant publications, but also a short reference and commentary on something relevant that they have read (e.g. book, article) or a conference related to international dispute resolution.
    • A subject line like “new book” is not very helpful. A good subject line makes life easier for everyone and will encourage people to read your message. Some useful subject lines for certain topics include: Conference announcement: [name + date of conference], Article abstract: [title of article], Book review: [title of book, author]

  3. What type of things should I avoid to send to the listserv?:
    • Please do not circulate administrative requests or queries, e.g., your wish to register another address or unsubscribe from the list, etc. Instead, please adjust your settings online here or contact listserv administrator Krishonne Johnson for help.
    • Please avoid expressions of value judgments without substantive reasoning, insight or information such as “I agree” or “I disagree” (see above).