Luis Miguel Diaz

Luis Miguel Diaz Luis Miguel Díaz, unfortunately now deceased, fathered four children and distrusted language, theories and authority, including his own as a father. Admires artists and scientists and their lives. He received his Law Degree at UNAM, Mexico (1974); and LLM (1976) and SJD (1986) at Harvard University Law School. President of the Interdisciplinary Center for Conflict Management in Mexico City. Author of more than 100 articles and 15 books. We all miss Luis.


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Articles and Video:

Usurpation Of Freewill In The Age Of Discretion (07/05/10)
Life is more manageable through aging because conflict resolution is an ability that can be perfected through practice.

Logic Overpowers Intuition: The Obama WAR!!! (12/14/09)
President Obama decided to send 30,000 troops to Afghanistan in the next six months and then begin pulling them out a year after. He overlooked negotiation and mediation as effective options to end the war. He insists on what does not function to humanly end a war: war intensification.

Regulation Dehumanizes Mediation (11/30/09)
In searching for certainty and quality in mediation, legislators and regulators are increasingly mesmerized by the enactment of mediation rules and the certification of mediators. I want to ponder the convenience of this proclivity bearing in mind a model of human nature.

The Philosophy Of Mediation In Heraclitus And Protagoras (09/28/09)
The thoughts of two famous Pre-Socratic philosophers may offer insight into the philosophical foundation of mediation: “You cannot step twice into the same river,” attributed to Heraclitus, and “Of all things the measure is man,” attributed to Protagoras.

Humor About Mediators, Mediation And Mediated (07/06/09)
A mediator ridiculing mediation is healthy exercise. With humor any conflict is source of entertainment; clowns are funny because they deal with conflict.

WHO Measures Alter Routines: New Opportunities for Conflict Management Resulting from Influenza A (H1N1) (05/10/09)
Some writers have highlighted the positive impact of the world economic crisis in the growing professional field of mediation. I want to highlight new situations to practice conflict management skills, resulting from Influenza A (H1N1).

Marx Unity Of Theory/Practice And Mediation (04/20/09)
The motivation of this article is first to highlight Marx preoccupation for seeking the unity of theory and practice. The second is to reframe the Marxist unity in the context of mediation as a method dealing with divergent views.

Darwin As Conflict Theorist (03/16/09)
Charles Robert Darwin (1809-82) has reemerged on the 200th anniversary of his birth as conflict theorist.We can learn so much from Darwin since his authority as conflict theorist is insuperable; the core of his work was theorizing about conflicting forces of nature. To follow are Darwin’s thoughts as recorded in his own words.

Mediated More Than Mediator And Mediation (01/06/09)
This composition was triggered by Barry Goldman’s article: Not even wrong. He believes that in ADR we are making the same mistake that medicine did for centuries. The mistake is the excessive preoccupation for the spiritual purity of the facilitator. Goldman wrote about the evolution of medicine: the belief in the necessity of ritual purity delayed for centuries the discovery of antisepsis.

Taxi: Paraíso para mediación (01/04/09)
Este artículo toma la forma de una pieza de teatro de un acto. Es un diálogo espontáneo entre dos seres marginales en la sociedad tradicional –una anciana y un joven. Intenta articular ideas fundamentales sobre procesos cognitivos en el manejo de conflictos.

Unlearning And Learning From Freud For Negotiated Solutions (12/01/08)
This essay is inspired by Sigmund Freud’s persuasive, imaginative and enigmatic writings on mental processes and their meanings. He was the founder of psychoanalysis and is psychology's most famous author. The relevance of Freud’s work is even manifested in popular language which has incorporated expressions that he coined such as “mechanisms of defense” and “Oedipus Complex.” The significance of his legacy remains disputed.

Taxi: Heaven For Mediation (09/22/08)
Taxi is a small and little known society on Earth where humans unlearned the belief that authorities and rules were necessary for conflict resolution. Roberta who is an old and attractive woman has an informal and straight forward conversation with Ivan a young and inquisitive man. Both are open minded people.

Centro de justicia alternativa de la ciudad de México: testimonios de un curso alternativo sobre mediación (07/16/08)
Esta composición es un testimonio colectivo de quienes participamos en el curso Nuevas Tendencias en Mediación, diseñado para el Centro de Justicia Alternativa del Tribunal Superior de Justicia del Distrito Federal (CJA) bajo la orientación del Centro Interdisciplinario para el Manejo de Conflictos AC (CIMC), y que tuvo lugar en abril de 2008.

Animals’ Behavior As Source For Unlearning And Relearning Strategies For Conflict Prevention And Resolution (07/14/08)
There may be much for humans to learn by examining, the similarities rather than differences and the patterns of animals’ behavior in conflict situations. A succinct review of animals’ behaviors in conflict follows.

Pele: An Inspiration For Teamwork In Negotiated Solutions (06/09/08)
Team work lies beneath negotiated solutions of complex problems. This article focuses on Pele who is regarded as the greatest soccer player of all times. No team sport evokes the intuitive drive for team work as soccer, where all eleven players of a team must cooperate. Soccer requires improvisation from the players to solve the strategic necessities of the soccer field. Can we learn from Pele processes for team work?

Einstein’s Tips For Negotiated Solutions In Human Conflicts (05/05/08)
Albert Einstein was considered one of the great problem solvers of his generation. His remarks about the universe query scientific and conventional wisdom. Can we discover in his life and innovative beliefs any attitude, aptitude, method or skill suitable for a conflict solver who intervenes in human conflicts?

Solución negociada de conflictos complejos con arte: Picasso, Chaplin, Wittgenstein y los Beatles (03/14/08)
La creatividad en el arte es semejante a la creatividad requerida para explorar soluciones en la resolución de conflictos complicados, que se caracterizan por estar estructurados en una amalgama de diversos elementos: el tiempo, la carencia de normas útiles para predecir resultados futuros; las dimensiones multifacéticas en espacio y tiempo que existen más allá de lo meramente lineal y el simple deber ser, la causa-efecto o el precedente-consecuencia; el involucramiento de múltiples actores y autoridades, así como los diferentes valores y opiniones sobre un mismo asunto.

Negotiated solutions of complex problems with art: Picasso, Chaplin, Wittgenstein and the Beatles (03/10/08)
This essay intertwines the creative endeavors of Picasso, Chaplin, Wittgenstein, and the Beatles---Picasso’s genius for painting; Chaplin’s genius for film making; Wittgenstein’s genius for philosophical remarks; and the Beatles’s genius for songs---to show how artistic and philosophical creativity can be utilized in reaching negotiated solutions for complex problems. We can learn much from art. A person may expand his or her knowledge of conflict management through art appreciation. Art depicts universal experiences that may be appreciated by all and may serve to educate us about creative processes.

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Management Of Environmental-Social Conflicts In Mexico (10/20/03)
Social rejection of developmental projects that impact the environment is becoming more common in Mexico. There is a demand for negotiators and conciliators rather than warriors. There should be persuasion towards dialogue between the leading players in a conflict.

The Beatles and Mediation (05/06/02)
This article shows the utilization of Beatles songs as a tool for sensitizing participants in mediation. The selected music contains a minimum of references to talents and strategies of thinking, feeling and behaving that may be very appropriate in the preparation and conduct of mediation. It is addressed to both the parties and the mediator.

The U.S. Uniform Mediation Act and the Draft UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Conciliation (03/04/02)
This article provides an overview of the Uniform Mediation Act (UMA) and of the Draft UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Conciliation (Law). Both were adopted in 2001.

Wittgenstein and Mediation (05/08/01)
The legal conflict solution activity takes place in a similar vein that Wittgenstein approaches philosophical problems, "… they are solved, rather, by looking into the workings of our language, and that in such a way as to make us recognize those workings: in despite of an urge to misunderstand them. The problems are solved, not by giving new information, but by arranging what we have always known.

Negociar o Mediar, No Litigar (02/27/01)
Se propone cambiar el enfoque clásico jurídico para resolver conflictos. Hay que popiciar la comunicación entre los disputantes. Nadie puede ser imparcial. Se muestra como puede operar la mediación y como ésta puede ser el modo más humano para la solución de conflictos. Hay que deaprender el derecho. La verdadera alternativa al litigio es el recurso al mediador, cuando la negociación entre las partes no funciona. Más vale un buen arreglo que un mal pleito.

Mediation in the Year 2051! (05/03/00)
A Social Science Fiction looking at the future of dispute resolution. A merging of technology and human interactions to create a new resolution option.

Mediación Computarizada Sustituye Tribunales Civiles! (09/21/98)
!Mediación Computarizada Sustituye Tribunales Civiles! Aún cuando hasta hace pocos años parecía algo inconcebible, el nuevo software ALCom monopolizará el mercado interpersonal de resolución de conflictos. Está basado en una revolucionaria tecnología que será accesible y estará al alcance de todo el público. El programa logra una muy completa comunicación intuitiva entre las partes en una disputa. Se cumple el ideal de Sócrates sobre el papel del maestro: guiar y ayudar a los estudiantes para que lleguen a descubrir la verdad mediante sus propios esfuerzos. La AICom aspira a humanizar la administración de justicia". ¿Es esto lo que ofrece el futuro?

Wittgenstein Y Mediación (09/21/97)
Las soluciones a disputas legales requieren de una actividad similar al enfoque de los problemas filosóficos de Wittgentein, no con nuevos hechos " ... sino que se resuelven mediante un entendimiento del funcionamiento de nuestro lenguaje, y justamente de manera que éste se reconozca: a pesar de una inclinación a malentenderlo. Los problemas se resuelven no aduciendo nueva experiencia, sino comprendiendo lo ya conocido". En el mundo legal el papel del mediador en relación con las partes en conflicto, sería equivalente a "mostrarle a la mosca como salir de la botella cazamoscas"