Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution Symposium on Dispute Systems Design Tomorrow

A terrific symposium will occur tomorrow at the Moritz College of Law. You can watch a live webcast of the symposium at http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/jdr/symposium.html. Speakers include Cathy Costantino, Judge Wayne Brazil, Lisa Bingham, David Lipsky, Dale Hetzler, John Lande and Francis McGovern.

The Second Generation of Dispute System Design: Reoccurring Problems and Potential Solutions
January 24, 2008 | Barrister Club
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Live Webcast (will start when Symposium begins at 9:00 est)
Alternative Dispute Resolution has become an increasingly important feature of conflict resolution throughout varying areas of law and policy. Dispute System Design goes beyond specific disputes and dispute resolution mechanisms and instead embraces the broader range of conflicts within an organization in order to address reoccurring conflicts, and provide a pervasive method for problem solving. The role that Dispute Systems have played in responding to traditional litigation’s liabilities, expense, delay, and adversarial nature is unquestionable. Several entities both private and public have embraced concepts of dispute system design, both in order to minimize the destructive consequences of litigation, and to capitalize upon the improved communication and conflict handling that is a prominent consequence of an effective dispute system.

Today, functional dispute systems are being applied to a diverse cross-section of society to address everything from disputes in the higher education context to resolving issues of mass tort liability. Such practices have contributed to increased development and understanding of Dispute System Design theory, law, and practical parameters. Despite their obvious innovations and achievements, functional design systems are not flawless. In fact, the increased use and popularity of dispute system designs are accompanied by an increasing number of criticisms. Therefore the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution has assembled a group of foremost experts in dispute system design to share ideas through panel discussion, scholarly research, and breakout sessions to further enhance the benefits of dispute system design. The ultimate goal of the symposium is to examine dispute systems throughout a plethora of disciplines, and contexts in order identify reoccurring problems and ideally craft functional solutions.

The Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution is privileged to host this symposium. We invite you to join us in Columbus, Ohio, to participate in this valuable opportunity to explore emerging improvements in Dispute System Design. Your participation in the scholarship and interactive discussion is vital to our goal of better addressing the reoccurring problems in better integrating dispute systems in several cross-sections of society. Symposium papers will be published in Volume 24, Issue I, of the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, scheduled for publication in the fall of 2008.

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