Peacemaking

ABA Conference Sessions You Might Enjoy

I love the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution annual conferences. They always put on a wide array of wonderful sessions and it’s a great time to connect with friends, old and new. As in the past, I am listing some sessions that particularly intrigue me. 

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CEDR backs Diversity

In line with this and our awareness of the importance of diversity, CEDR has signed up to the ‘Inclusive Culture Pledge’ launched by the EW Group[1], to take an active part in creating more inclusive cultures at work, in particular within the legal profession.

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Don’t Take Special for Granted

My posts typically deal with insights I’ve gained in my career as a mediator. That said, mediation is what I do. It’s not who I am. I’m a son, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a friend, a lawyer, a partner, a Christian — and so many other things, in addition to being a mediator. In that regard, you’re the same as I am. The many different hats you wear in life contribute to who you are, and what’s genuinely important to you.

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The Science of Sustaining Peace

The UN has designated 2018 as the year of sustaining peace. But until recently, very little was known about peace. War has consumed researchers for centuries—which is sort of like studying bankruptcies to learn what makes for a thriving business. Through a review and synthesis of case studies of 74 non-warring and over 80 internally peaceful societies, we have discovered surprising, hopeful truths about peace—which should shape the UN’s efforts going forward.

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Creative Uses Of Mediation

Most of my readers are lawyers. Many of you are litigators — for whom mediation has become a preferred tool for resolving most of your cases. Typically, I’m assuming, you see mediation as a process where you can confidently come together with other parties involved in litigation, call a timeout, and determine if the parties can reach an agreement to resolve the case. This is how I’m asked to lead mediations about 95% of the time.

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Mediation and Peacemaking

Mediation encompasses a broad array of processes that typically involves a third party working with the disputants. The third party may or may not be neutral or impartial. For example, in communal societies, elders may mediate disputes between families.

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3 Quotations from Lincoln on Conflict Resolution

It’s ironic that the president who led us through by most measures our most destructive war had some of the most profound things to say about peace-making. Beginning as a trial lawyer, he recognized that trial work should be approached with the goal of making peace, rather than creating new conflicts….

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