17. Dispute Resolution. If any dispute between or among two or more Parties relating to this Agreement or the performance of a Party under this Agreement cannot be resolved amicably by the Parties, the dispute should be referred to executive officers of the Parties designated by each Party for that purpose (for example the President/Chief Executive Officer, in the case of the Companies, or an academic dean, in the case of the Institutes). If a dispute cannot be resolved in this manner, the Parties shall have the right to litigate such disputes in a court of competent jurisdiction. This Agreement shall be interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of New York. Any litigated disputes will be first filed in the competent courts of the State of New York, United States of America, unless another court or dispute resolution body is agreed to by the parties to the dispute. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section, in the event that a Party reasonably requires immediate relief, such Party may seek an injunction or other immediate equitable relief in a court of competent jurisdiction.