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Intentional Conversations About the Globalization of ADR

11 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2011  

James Richard Coben

Hamline University School of Law; American Institute for Economic Research

Date Written: 2006


On October 28-29, 2005, the Dispute Resolution Institute at Hamline University School of Law hosted “Intentional Conversations about Globalization of ADR,” its fourth biennial Symposium on Advanced Issues in Dispute Resolution. The symposium series brings together scholars and professionals to engage in purposeful conversation around critical issues in the field of conflict studies and dispute resolution. To this end, the format of the Symposium gatherings is different from most academic conferences. No papers are presented and, although certain individuals are given responsibility as theme leaders to frame, open up, and promote the dialogue, the active participation of all attendees is encouraged by the use of intimate in-the-round seating. This introductory article in the 2005 symposium proceedings makes the case that as alternative dispute resolution goes global, its spread and movement carries the values, beliefs, and cultural assumptions of one social world to another. Arguable, the time is right for a symposium designed to examine both practical and theoretical issues that arise as mediation practices and programs spread across the globe, with a particular focus on the challenges of institutionalizing mediation in new social contexts.

Keywords: ADR, alternative dispute resolution, mediation, negotiation, arbitration, globalization, multi-cultural

Suggested Citation

Coben, James Richard, Intentional Conversations About the Globalization of ADR (2006). Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy, Vol. 27, p. 217, 2006. Available at SSRN:

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