Advancing the theory and practice of conflict resolution
The Dispute Resolution Institute is committed to advancing the theory and practice of conflict resolution nationally and internationally through scholarship and applied practice projects.
Established in 2009, DRI Press is the scholarship dissemination arm of Mitchell Hamline’s Dispute Resolution Institute and brings important conflict resolution work to a broad audience.
Rethinking Negotiation Teaching Series
- Rethinking Negotiation Teaching: Innovations for Context and Culture (also available in Mandarin and Arabic)
- Volume 2: Venturing Beyond the Classroom
- Volume 3: Assessing Our Students, Assessing Ourselves
- Volume 4: Educating Negotiators for a Connected World
The Negotiator’s Desk Reference
The Negotiator’s Desk Reference, edited by Christopher Honeyman and Andrea Kupfer Schneider, is simply the most comprehensive book on negotiation available. The Negotiator’s Desk Reference (NDR) supersedes the same editors’Negotiator’s Fieldbook (American Bar Association 2006.) In the NDR, almost 60% of the chapters are entirely new, and the rest are updated. The NDR pulls together relevant ideas on negotiation from business, economics, law, psychology, cultural studies and more than a dozen other fields. Even so, this is efficiently readable, because with 101 chapters each specific topic is treated in an average of less than 15 pages. The NDR balances research with real-world explanations from top negotiators in many areas, including business, diplomacy, hostage situations and many other settings. This book shows how you can make negotiation work for you. There is simply no other book like it. Offered as two volumes; purchasers of the full set also receive full access to the NDR’s Web edition, with later web updates, at no additional cost.
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Risk & Rigor: A Lawyer’s Guide to Decision Trees for Assessing Cases and Advising Clients by Marjorie Corman Aaron
Risk & Rigor offers practical guidance to lawyers, mediators, and clients on using decision trees to more rigorously think through possible legal paths, risks, and consequences for more strategic litigation choices and settlement valuation.
For those entirely unfamiliar with decision tree analysis, or litigation risk analysis, the first few chapters provide grounding in its fundamental concepts and logic. They guide the reader through a carefully sequenced set of case examples and offer links to videos that demonstrate how to hand draw and calculate simple decision trees. Risk & Rigor then goes far beyond the basics, discussing how to think about structuring decision trees for complex cases—when simplification distorts reality and when too much complexity makes the tree less comprehensible and less meaningful. Drawing upon the fields of psychology and communication as well as expert elicitation and probability studies, it provides advice for lawyers, mediators, and clients on arriving at thoughtful and robust estimates of probabilities, damages exposure, and other tangible and intangible costs in the litigation context. There are abundant not-so-hypothetical case examples and their decision trees, as well as tips on best practices and mistakes to avoid when structuring a tree and estimating its numbers and percentages.
Recognizing that rigor alone is far from enough, the book explains how to collaboratively build and draw insights from decision trees in ways that work with emotion, psychology, and communication for client counseling, negotiation, and mediation. Offering examples of how to use the language and visual impact of decision trees in dialog with clients and opposing counsel, Risk and Rigor is an invaluable resource for lawyers and mediators seeking to facilitate reasoned settlement valuation while maintaining strong client relationships. Shortly after the book’s publication, readers will be able to find RiskandRigor.com, a website with additional resources related to risk assessment, cost estimation, case valuation, and decision trees for legal practice.
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Individual chapters can be downloaded from DRI Press Open Access
- 谈判 Tán Pàn: The Chinese-English Journal on Negotiation
- A House with Two Rooms: Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia Diaspora Project
Mitchell Hamline faculty publish groundbreaking theoretical and empirical research on a wide variety of conflict resolution topics, ranging from negotiation pedagogy to mediation ethics to international business arbitration. Visit individual faculty bios for a list of publications.
Inaugurated in 1999, the Symposia on Advanced Issues in Dispute Resolution bring together scholars and professionals to engage in purposeful conversation around critical issues in the field of conflict studies and dispute resolution.
The Dispute Resolution Institute is committed to creating and supporting innovation in conflict resolution practice at home and abroad.
- Rethinking Negotiation Teaching, a multi-year effort to critique contemporary negotiation pedagogy and create new training designs, in cooperation with the JAMS Foundation, and ADR Center Foundation (Italy) from 2009 through 2011. The conferences directly resulted in four works published by DRI Press and indirectly led to the development of two additional works.
- Mediation Case Law
- Mediation Center Collaboration
- Teaching materials for negotiation & other ADR Processes