Foreword: ADR for the Masses

12 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2012

Date Written: July 6, 2012


This Foreword introduces the Oregon Law Review's 2012 Scholarship Series, “ADR for the Masses." The Series examines the proliferation of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes in large-scale contexts – such as mass torts, environmental and public policy decisionmaking, collaborative governance, consumer disputes, and organizational dispute systems design – and encompasses both post-dispute processes (designed to accompany or replace traditional legal approaches to dispute resolution in mass contexts) and pre-dispute processes (designed to manage widespread or large-scale conflict and disputes earlier and more effectively). Sometimes ADR serves as a response or fix to the shortcomings of the legal system in situations involving multiple disputants or decisionmakers; sometimes ADR is an upstream strategy for managing disputes that, among other things, may render formal legal intervention unnecessary; sometimes ADR is a companion piece to traditional legal processes, pre- or post-dispute, when managing a mass disaster or large-scale dispute or conflict. The Series is an opportunity to identify not only the creative possibilities of these innovations and hybrids, but also to explore the logistical difficulties or ideological tensions that these new developments may present.

Keywords: ADR, alternative dispute resolution, dispute resolution, mediation, dispute systems design

Suggested Citation

Reynolds, Jennifer Wenska, Foreword: ADR for the Masses (July 6, 2012). Oregon Law Review, Vol. 90, p. 691, 2012, Available at SSRN:

Jennifer Wenska Reynolds (Contact Author)

University of Oregon School of Law ( email )

1515 Agate Street
Eugene, OR Oregon 97403
United States
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