Multi-Stakeholder Dispute Resolution: Building Social Capital Through Access to Justice at the Community Level

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Shahla F. Ali

The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law

William E. Davis

DPK Consulting

Joanna Lee

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: April 5, 2011

Abstract

The development of systems of multi-stakeholder dispute resolution is increasingly recognized as an objective of good governance by international organizations such as the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Such objectives arise out of insights based on the dynamics of social capital that community based initiatives cannot succeed where trust is absent and mechanisms for collective decision making do not exist. Yet localized decision making can take many forms – whether distributional, competitive or collaborative. This paper will examine, in particular the impact of collaborative systems of decision making on building social capital through access to justice in local communities. It will do this through examining participant feedback, meeting minutes, and post-consultation reports of a community multi-stakeholder dialogue process in Cajamarca, Peru. The creation of dispute resolution forums where community members can actively participate in the generation of shared objectives, collect and access information, and take action on issues of collective concern represents an important foundation for the development of social capital.

Suggested Citation

Ali, Shahla F. and Davis, William E. and Lee, Joanna, Multi-Stakeholder Dispute Resolution: Building Social Capital Through Access to Justice at the Community Level (April 5, 2011). Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2010-2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1673952

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Joanna Lee

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