Category: Alternative Dispute Resolution

  Does mediation really work in instances of workplace conflict? Conflict at work can be distracting. It can also hinder performance, increase costly employee turnover, and lead to potential legal issues. These consequences become increasingly likely if the conflict or related tensions have been brewing chronically or over a long period of time. Mediation can...

Conceived by The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) in 2005, October is observed as the month of Conflict Resolution each year. The third Thursday of October is celebrated as Conflict Resolution Day, which falls on the 15th of October this year. The goals of the month are to: Promote awareness of mediation, arbitration, conciliation, and...

Summary of: Uwaezuoke, I.N., & Owolabi, M.K. (2019). Challenges and Opportunities of Resolving Land Use Conflicts Through Mediation in Nigeria. The Proceedings of International Conference of Environmental Sciences, 264-271. Background & Theory: In Nigeria, what on the surface look like cultural disputes are often land disputes between villages, neighborhoods, or households. With land becoming an...

In civil cases, involved parties may find that mediation is a better, more cost-effective path to a solution than pursuing litigation. Any type of civil case may be mediated, but all parties must agree, even if a lawsuit has already been filed. Deciding if civil lawsuit mediation is the right choice for you isn’t easy,...

One of the saddest results of ongoing conflict is the destructive impact it can have on relationships. What could otherwise be a productive or even loving relationship has taken damage that often seems irreparable. This damage is especially sad when it affects other innocent parties, like family members, co-workers, or large groups of people. While...

Conflicts are a part of everyday life; which is why human beings, and animate life in general for that matter, are natural problem-solvers. Indeed, resolving conflict occurs multiple times every day, and most human conflicts are short lived. Of course, on the other hand, some conflicts last for years, seemingly unresolvable. One reason for the...

Most individuals and groups who appear stuck in long-standing conflicts define themselves, at least in part, as “the ones who must fight.” Whether they see themselves as victims, dominants, or simply as having to struggle to survive or thrive; whether this struggle is with another party or simply within themselves (the individual’s life or among...

In business disputes and interpersonal conflicts, having a judge decide matters in a court of law ought to be a measure of last resort. Of course, some disputes are so complex, or differing views run so deep, that the disagreeing parties cannot simply talk their way into an agreement. So, the least invasive next step...

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