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Designing Justice: Legal Institutions and Other Systems for Managing Conflict

50 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2008 Last revised: 12 Jun 2011

Lisa Blomgren Amsler (formerly Bingham)

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA); University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law

Date Written: April 2, 2009

Abstract

The fields of institutional design and dispute system design both encompass the human activity of creating new rules, organizations, institutions, and forums to serve various goals related to public policy. However, through these systems, we are also designing justice. The question is, which kind of justice? My purpose with this essay is to raise, not to answer, this question. First, I briefly introduce the field of institutional analysis and design in social science. Second, I describe the field of dispute system design (DSD) and apply elements of institutional analysis. Third, I survey how scholars have discussed varieties of justice in relation to legal institutions and other systems for managing conflict. I conclude that designing these institutions affects justice; we should move more knowingly and intentionally to assess justice in DSD; and we owe it to the next generation of lawyers to teach them how to serve ethically in their new role as designers of justice.

Keywords: institutional analysis, dispute system design, dispute resolution, jurisprudence, justice

Suggested Citation

Amsler (formerly Bingham), Lisa Blomgren, Designing Justice: Legal Institutions and Other Systems for Managing Conflict (April 2, 2009). Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1294063

Lisa Blomgren Amsler (Contact Author)

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law ( email )

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Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) ( email )

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