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Fall 2023 Symposium

The Center for Labor and Employment Law and the Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution are pleased to present their Fall 2023 symposium: Will Alternative Dispute Resolution Deliver Justice for Gig Workers?

About the Symposium

In today’s gig economy, many people earn income by providing on-demand work, services, or goods through an app or a website. One recent survey suggests that at least one-third of U.S. workers participate in gig work through digital platforms.

In the United States, contracts governing the worker’s relationship with those platforms (and the platform’s relationship with its customers) often contain mandatory arbitration provisions. By contrast, in other countries, gig workers are not contractually bound to arbitrate disputes. Against this international backdrop, advocates for U.S. gig workers have challenged mandatory arbitration provisions in court and through mass hearing requests called “arbitration swarms.”

Bringing together leading scholars in the field, the symposium will examine these developments and explore whether ADR systems can be redesigned to deliver justice for gig workers. An audience Q & A will follow the panel sessions.


Friday, September 29, 2023


11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST




Welcome /Voices of Gig Workers
Miriam A. Cherry, Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Center for Labor and Employment Law, St. John's University School of Law

Panel I: Injustices Gig Workers Suffer

David R. Marshall, Adjunct Professor; Executive Director, Center for Labor and Employment Law, St. John's University School of Law

Janine Berg, Senior Economist, International Labour Organization
Veena Dubal, Professor of Law, University of California College of the Law, San Francisco
Charlotte Garden, Julius E. Davis Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School

Panel II: Designing and Improving an ADR System That Provides Justice for Gig Workers

Elayne E. Greenberg, Professor of Legal Practice; Director, Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution, St. John’s University School of Law

Michael Z. Green, Professor of Law; Director, Workplace Law Program, Texas A&M University School of Law
Homer C. La Rue, Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law; Past President, National Academy of Arbitrators
Allen Waxman, President & CEO, International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, Inc

Register to Attend

There is no fee to attend the symposium, but registration is required. Please register online. Registrants will receive the Zoom access information in advance. Attendees can earn CLE credit.


Please contact Theresa Duggan at [email protected] if you have any questions about the symposium.