Online dispute resolution (“ODR?) refers to the use of technology to support the settlement of civil and commercial disputes. ODR has grown exponentially and offers unique features for handling millions of disputes and has the potential to significantly increase access to justice across all legal jurisdictions. The backlog of state courts may be significantly reduced if consumer disputes, small and even some large civil and commercial disputes were resolved online. Justice is rendered much faster and parties are satisfied with the swift decisions rendered while continuing their business without wasting time and money. The issue of technology and improved access to justice through dispute resolution services is regularly addressed at the Global Pound Conferences (“GPC”) (http://globalpoundconference.org). The partners decided to cooperate and organise this unmissable event as ODR is an area with huge potential in a world where technology is part of our life. One of the objectives of the 17th edition of the ODR conference is to demystify ODR and to explain why and how it offers increased access to information and justice, a great value in all societies and of particular importance in emerging economies, conflict zones and remote places where individuals do not even have the benefit of judiciaries to resolve their disputes. The conference will explore innovative applications of information and communication technology that are playing a valuable role in promoting access to justice and a culture of peace in conflict zones. At the ODR 2016 edition we noted that ODR can really help courts and improve access to justice. ODR 2017 will bring together stakeholders from around the world, judiciaries, academics, dispute resolution institutions, online dispute resolution providers and start-ups who will share their expertise in ODR and its integration into court and alternative dispute resolution systems, and illustrate the impact of ODR on access to justice. They will show how such online programmes may be implemented to benefit the administration of dispute resolution, and the direct benefits to our civil, societal and commercial life in general. The ultimate results are the benefits that individuals, societies, businesses and courts draw from facilitated resolution of disputes and avoidance of bureaucracy. How can parties and courts access these benefits from ODR? What do users need to travel the electronic lane? How are electronic programmes used in various jurisdictions? What are the current pilot projects in the field of ODR around the world? What differences are they making in conflict zones and emerging economies? How can ODR offer important avenues to marginalised communities? How can we learn from and cooperate with judiciaries, dispute resolutions institutions, and dispute resolution providers who already have programmes running? What are the experiences in France, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Canada, USA, India, China, Singapore, Argentina, Nigeria, New Zealand, Egypt and elsewhere? How do processes work online across borders? These and other questions will be explored at a two-day conference in Paris.