The Next Frontier is Anticipation: Thinking Ahead About Conflict To Help Clients Find Constructive Ways to Engage Issues in Advance

Alternatives, Vol. 25, p. 99, 2007

6 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2008  

Julie Macfarlane

University of Windsor - Faculty of Law

Andrea Kupfer Schneider

Marquette University - Law School

Jeffrey R. Seul

Harvard University - Harvard Divinity School

Date Written: June 1, 2007

Abstract

Conflict resolution spends much time and energy contemplating best practices for solving problems after they arise. This article argues that specialists in conflict resolution, and their clients, would be well-served by focusing on previewing problems in their infancy. Like preventive medicine, the field of conflict resolution can start to study underlying causes, predictable crises, and foreseeable needs. What tools can we bring to bear to anticipate conflict? What advice would we give our clients? How can the field of conflict resolution move to conflict anticipation?

Keywords: conflict resolution, prevention, negotiation, alternative dispute resolution

JEL Classification: K4, K40, K41

Suggested Citation

Macfarlane, Julie and Schneider, Andrea Kupfer and Seul, Jeffrey R., The Next Frontier is Anticipation: Thinking Ahead About Conflict To Help Clients Find Constructive Ways to Engage Issues in Advance (June 1, 2007). Alternatives, Vol. 25, p. 99, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1154099

Julie MacFarlane

University of Windsor - Faculty of Law ( email )

401 Sunset Avenue
Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4 N9B 3P4
Canada

Andrea Kupfer Schneider (Contact Author)

Marquette University - Law School ( email )

Eckstein Hall
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201
United States

Jeffrey R. Seul

Harvard University - Harvard Divinity School ( email )

45 Francis Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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