Alternative Dispute Resolution | L4060

This survey course will introduce students to the fundamentals of alternative dispute resolution theory and practice in the U.S. and abroad. The course will analyze and compare a range of dispute resolution processes (such as litigation, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, dialogue and meeting facilitation, victim-offender dialogues, circles, ombuds, public dispute systems, on-line dispute resolution, mini-trials, and other mixed processes) and applications to specific types of problems and disputes (such as consumer, criminal, labor and employment, family and youth, restorative justice, environmental, public disputes, multi-party, cross-cultural and international).

The course will examine the extent to which factors such as history, tradition, culture, economics, politics, institutional developments, and legal norms influence the design and selection of systems for handling different kinds of disputes in the U.S. and in other countries.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)

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