Dr Pablo Cortés is a Senior Lecturer at University of Leicester’s School of Law where he conducts research in the field of consumer law, civil procedure, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and online dispute resolution (ODR). Pablo is originally from Spain where he obtained a law degree (licenciatura) at Universidad de Vigo and qualified as a non-practicing attorney. In 2004 he completed with first class honours a LLM in European and Comparative Law at University of Limerick and proceeded to University College Cork (NUI) in 2005 to write a PhD thesis on ODR. The Faculty of Law, the Matheson Ormsby Prentice Solicitors Scholarship and the Government of Ireland Scholarship (IRCHSS) funded his PhD.
He started to work in 2008 as a CSET lecturer in Civil Justice at the School of Law of University of Leicester in the UK, where he now lectures undergraduates in Civil Justice System and Contract Law, and postgraduates in Civil Dispute Resolution Methods. He has also taught in the past Commercial Law, EU Law and the International Commercial Arbitration Moot. He currently supervises various PhD students and is the Year Abroad – Erasmus Academic Coordinator.
He is a fellow since 2008 of the National Centre for Technology and Dispute Resolutions (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) and in 2012 he was a Gould Research Fellow at the School of Law in Stanford University. In addition to numerous papers, he published in 2010 a monograph entitled Online Dispute Resolution for Consumers in the European Union (Routledge), which called for the establishment of legal standards for ODR. Presently, he is writing another monograph with Cambridge University Press on extra-judicial consumer redress (due in 2016). He has been invited participate in expert meetings by the UN Commission for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL WG-III), the European Commission (DG SANCO and DG JUSTICE) and the European Parliament (IMCO). In 2011 he was hired as par to of a successful tender as a consultant by DG SANCO to assist them in the drafting of the proposals for a Directive on Consumer ADR and the Regulation on Consumer ODR. His research has been submitted as an impact case study to the REF by University of Leicester.
Pablo has participated as a speaker in international conferences and workshops in Argentina, Belgium, Canada, India, Germany, Israel, Ireland, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom and United States. He has previously been involved in the scientific committees of various conferences; he has received external funding to travel (including the British Academy Overseas Research Grant) and he has also chaired conference sessions. He has acted as a peer reviewer for books (Oxford University Press and Routledge) and articles (Civil Justice Quarterly, SCRIPT-ed A Journal of Law Technology and Society, Revista General de Derecho Europeo, and the International Journal of Law and Information Technology). He has been asked to peer-review funding applications by the Economic and Social Research Council, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, and the Swiss National Science Foundation. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Revista CES Derecho (Universidad CES, Colombia).
His expertise has also been recognised by the private industry. He has been appointed member of the Advisory Board of YOUSTICE <www.youstice.com> and the Instituto Latino-Americano de Comercio Eletrónico (ILCE) <www.einstituto.org> and he has acted as a representative and observer for the Internet Bar Organisation <www.internetbar.org> at the UN (UNCITRAL).