At 2 pm on March 13, 2014, Mr. Richard Gordon, General Counsel of TOC Holdings (formerly Times Oil Company), was a guest at the Law School of Beijing Normal University and gave a special lecture to students of the School of Law and Law. The theme was “Alternative Disputes”. The Increasing Role of Alternative Dispute Resolution ('ADR') in US Environmental Law & Practice). The lecture was hosted by Mr. Yan Houfu, School of Law, Beijing Normal University, and gave a wonderful summary and comment on the lecture.
Mr. Richard Gordon received his JD degree from the New York University School of Law in 1975. He has extensive experience in environmental law and natural resources law practice in the Montana Department of Natural Resources Conservation, the US Department of Energy, and Time Oil. Since 2006, Mr. Richard Gordon has been invited to give lectures on American environmental law at Peking University Law School five times.
At the beginning of the lecture, Mr. Yan Houfu first introduced the experience of Mr. Richard Gordon to the students present, and then briefly explained the main contents of the lecture, and presented a gift to Mr. Richard Gordon for welcome.
During the meeting, Mr. Richard Gordon elaborated on the background of the “Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism (ADR)” in the United States, the type of ADR and the advantages of the litigation process, indicating that ADR plays a role in the dispute resolution field in the United States. More and more important; afterwards, he explained in detail how ADR can play an increasingly important role in solving environmental disputes in the United States in recent years. He also shared with the students three examples of environmental disputes he had personally participated in through ADR, which vividly demonstrated the power of ADR in solving environmental disputes. The combination of concise and precise language, theory and practice has benefited every student who participated in the lecture.