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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
“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.
Morton Deutsch, the great social psychologist of common sense, explained the difference between competition and cooperation thus: “if you’re positively linked with another, then you sink or swim together."
We transition from the family we were born into to the ones we create.
(7/21/17)F. Peter Phillips
An upcoming mediation conference looks like it will be very educational.
Once there was a very small person who had feelings.
Many conflicts at work and everywhere expand and linger because people believe there is only one right answer or one way to see or do things.
One of the most conflict-ridden situations is that moment when our emotions take over our ability to respond thoughtfully, especially to a disagreement with a colleague.
This is the first installment of an online mini-course about social science research methods relevant to the Stone Soup Dispute Resolution Knowledge Project.
We may think we have progressed far beyond the barbaric practice of dueling, but based on the way dueling is described in this show, it appears to function in much the same way as as our more modern systems of dispute resolution today.
Have you ever asked yourself, “What if I had taken a different route? Then I would not have been involved in the auto accident?”
It’s better to be transparent and tell the person how the proposed solution could benefit everyone involved.
When a significant change in our life suddenly occurs, we experience a jolt. What’s going to happen next?
If passed by the legislature, new Evidence Code section 1120.5 would allow parties to pursue claims against counsel for “legal malpractice” occurring in a mediation context.
No one begins a dispute thinking they might be wrong.
Mark Twain once wrote that a person with a new idea “is a crank until the idea succeeds.”
On July 6, 2017 a diverse group from the dispute resolution community—lawyers, judges, academics, arbitrators, mediators, policy makers, among others—gathered in London for the latest event in the Global Pound Conferences Series.
The mediation field now has more information in our push to unlock the black box of mediation.
(6/30/17)F. Peter Phillips, Stephen Goldberg
This is a review of Stephen Goldberg's book How Mediation Works: Theory, Research, and Practice.
The California Law Revision Commission has issued its draft recommendations for an amendment to the Evidence Code carving out a new exception to mediation confidentiality.
Discussion about the ethical implications of having a litigation funder support a party in arbitration or mediation.
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Minor sport arbitration was heading towards rendering of an award which none of the parties would have been happy about.