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If you believe someone is aggressive, could they behave more aggressively with you than with others?
When you see an overweight person walking down the street, or perhaps sitting in a meeting with you, what is your reaction? Do you cringe or try to avoid that person?
I share a tale of two wrongful dismissal mediations conducted weeks’ apart.
How do I make my intentions to be conflict competent a reality?
What is the relevance of religion to ADR? This question is very different to considering the relevance of ADR to religion.
(9/08/17)Michael A. Zeytoonian
What do you want? It’s a pretty simple question, really.
When we notice resistance, a typical response is to try persuading them out of their resistance.
Richard Barbieri, the general editor of ACResolutions, the quarterly magazine of the Association for Conflict Resolution, was struck by my series of posts after the November election about building common ground between “bubbles” in our society.
The problem of access to and maintenance of the secrecy of contracts or contract terms that are “confidential” by agreement is a common one in litigation.
Accountability of ADR practitioners is important to ensure the credibility and effectiveness of ADR processes.
(9/01/17)Meriam Al-Rashid, Diora Ziyaeva
As practitioners and clients alike are well aware, international arbitration is not without its risks.
“I hear you.” Listening is a very simple act.
While I have known that silence can be a powerful tool in my mediation tool box, I never really thought about until I read a recent article posted on the BBC news website called “The subtle power of uncomfortable silences."
Imagine you had all the data you could possibly want about a city. What might you do with all this information to help improve the quality of life in the city?
How can you have a civil conversation with people you think are absolutely wrong, even evil?
In his journal article, Professor Bradford discusses creating a simplified online arbitration remedy to be used in situations where crowdfunding fraud has occurred.
The National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being just issued its report, The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change.
(8/21/17)Jenny Driver, Mirella Kreder, Gracious Timothy
Following two successful editions of the IBA-VIAC Consensual Dispute Resolution Com-petition in Vienna, Dispute Resolution literally went international again in its 3rd generation in July 2017.
On June 22, 2017, the California Law Revision Commission issued its Tentative Recommendation following its study to create an exception to mediation confidentiality (Study K-402).
A degree of controversy still surrounds characterising ADR as an ‘access to justice’ issue.
This article describes the cultural, economic and structural changes in the legal and business communities that have transposed “Alternative Dispute Resolution” (ADR) from a “cross-practice” which litigators engage in when they are contractually required or court-ordered to do so to a fully-integrated but increasingly separate and distinct set of dispute resolution services to be offered by law firms or other private “Dispute Resolution Firms”, “Groups”, and “Individual Professionals”.
Elizabeth Chika Tippett, Associate Professor and Conflict & Dispute Resolution Program Faculty Co-Director at the University of Oregon School of Law, and Bridget Schaaff, University of Oregon School of Law, have published “Misclassification in the Sharing Economy: It’s the Arbitration Agreements.”
I have a problem with a story that we in the conflict resolution field use and I’m hoping we can find a replacement for it.
Nowadays, there are two recurring questions regarding Artificial Intelligence that are very difficult to be answered: How far will humans interact with machines? And until what point humans can be replaced?
“It’s important to set ground rules at the start of a mediation, and then you can remind the parties of those rules if they get off track later,” said a trainee in one of my mediation courses.
This article discusses a study in which individuals reported greater happiness when they paid others to do their chores.
In this digital world, the so-called “soft skills” are suddenly getting a lot of attention and being recognized as a key element of organizational development and improved performance.
Your wedding day is only a few months off and your fiancé nervously mentions that he would like a prenuptial agreement.
The other day, I received a telephone call from an attorney wondering if I could conduct a mediation on very short notice.
I am travelling back from a couple of days in and around Dublin, discussing an initiative on respectful political dialogue with politicians, academics and conflict resolution professionals.
(8/01/17)Shannon Rios Paulsen
In my role as a counselor for children of divorce, my focus is the children. The question about dating arises in every session of “Co-parenting Through Your Divorce” that I facilitate. This article addresses this question for parents of divorce and for those who are dating others who are divorced with children.
Student welfare at the University of Cambridge received a funding boost today as part of a sector-wide drive to embed a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of harassment on campus.
"The blame is theirs. The lesson for us is that America’s hostage negotiation strategy is broken."
Peacebuilders are trained professionals who deal with conflict inside organizations and between individuals, groups and organizations (including countries).
(7/28/17)Michael A. Zeytoonian
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“I want my day in court.” This is one of the most frequent desires and sentiments expressed by a new client in our initial conversation about their legal dispute.