Conflict Resolution|International|Religion

Japan and Bali:More Alternatives to Interest-Based Negotiation

Conflict Resolution|International|Religion

Japan and Bali:More Alternatives to Interest-Based Negotiation

At the recent meeting of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section in Denver, Dai Kato of the University of Colorado and Jay Folberg of the JAMS Foundation offered stimulating -- even inspirational -- examples of modern-day practices of dispute resolution in Japan and Bali.  These insights test our assumptions of how...

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Conflict Resolution|International|Religion

Sulha: Traditional Arab Dispute Resolution

Conflict Resolution|International|Religion

Sulha: Traditional Arab Dispute Resolution

Continuing with the series on models of conflict resolution that are not based on the parties' interests, below is reproduced another chapter in a proposed book on alternatives to Western mediation methods.  This one -- the Arab practice of sulha -- is centuries old, pre-dating even the Prophet, and its motivating considerations are an...

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Conflict Resolution|International|Religion

Alternatives to Interest-Based Problem-Solving: Ho'oponopono

Conflict Resolution|International|Religion

Alternatives to Interest-Based Problem-Solving: Ho'oponopono

As the next installment in a series of essays on alternatives to interest-based negotiation, the Hawaiian practice of ho'oponopono is discussed.  In this spiritually-influenced ritual, secular conflicts are identified, brought to the table, admitted, and forgiven, and the family group achieves reconciliation and forgiveness....

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Conflict Resolution|International|Religion

Project: Spirituality and Conflict Resolution

Conflict Resolution|International|Religion

Project: Spirituality and Conflict Resolution

Over the past years, many of us have been impressed by the limitations of both institutional dispute resolution systems (i.e., courts) and their alternatives (i.e., arbitration and mediation).  At the same time, I've been increasingly drawn to examples found in certain societies whose shared spiritual beliefs have produced systems of dispute resolution that...

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Religion

Quaker Mice

Religion

Quaker Mice

I am spending this week in beautiful Silver Bay, New York, on the western side of Lake George.  There, at a grand old historic YMCA summer camp, the New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) holds its annual summer conference.            Quakers are  a "peculiar people"...

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Mediation|Religion

Negotiating With The Wolf

Mediation|Religion

Negotiating With The Wolf

Prof. Joseph Allegretti wrote an interesting article ten years ago titled A Christian Perspective on Alternative Dispute Resolution, 28 Fordham Urb. L.J. 997 (2001).  In it he tells the tale of St. Francis of Assisi's mediating a conflict between the residents of a town and a ravenous wolf that was...

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Conflict Resolution|Ethics|Religion

Making Peace With "No" — Forgiveness and Mental Health

Conflict Resolution|Ethics|Religion

Making Peace With "No" — Forgiveness and Mental Health

Frederic Luskin, Director of the Stanford Forgiveness Projects, reminded a packed house at the ABA Dispute Resolution meeting in San Francisco that a 2-yr old who is told "no" screams and yells when she doesn't get what she wants, but then eventually stops and moves on to the next thing. ...

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