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International Scholars Convene to Explore New Ideas for Resolving Conflict
Annual JDR symposium wil be held Jan. 22
January 19, 2006
In the United States, courts, administrative agencies, and the political process are frequently used to resolve social problems. However, significant conflicts related to race, ethnicity, religion, and class often remain unaddressed.
These issues will be considered at “Listening to the World: New Ideas for Resolving Identity-Based Conflict,” a symposium that will bring interdisciplinary scholars from around the world to generate new ideas for building United States institutions that are responsive to such conflict.
The event, held January 26, 2006 at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, 55 West 12th Avenue, will use social problems implicated by police-community relations as a case example to refine and expand an understanding of the possibilities of dispute system design.
The event is hosted by the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution in collaboration with a new Ohio State research initiative entitled “The Bridge Initiative @ Mershon and Moritz: New Ideas for Bridging Divided Communities.”
Morning sessions will explore some of the underlying causes and manifestations of selected problems in U.S. communities. In the afternoon, conflict resolution experts from South Africa, Israel, and Northern Ireland will share experiences and offer ideas for improving dispute resolution institutions in the United States. The symposium will conclude with dispute resolution experts moderating a discussion between these domestic and international community panelists.
Panelists expected to participate include:
- Michelle Alexander, professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law;
- Dominic Bryan, director of the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland;
- Sandra Cheldelin, the Vernon M. and Minnie I. Lynch Professor of Conflict Resolution at George Mason University's Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution;
- Cathy Costantino;
- Amy Cohen, former Fulbright scholar in Nepal and current professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law;
- Ellen E. Deason, professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law;
- Melanie Greenberg, president of the Cypress Fund for Peace and Security;
- Michael Hamilton, lecturer in the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster;
- Hagit Lernau, lecturer at the Institute of Criminology, the Hebrew University;
- Gareth Newham, project manager for the policing projects of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation's Criminal Justice Programme in South Africa;
- Jacqueline Nolan-Haley, professor at Fordham University School of Law and current director of the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Conflict Resolution program;
- Nancy Hardin Rogers, dean and Michael E. Moritz Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law;
- Jay Rothman, president of the ARIA Group, Inc., the conflict resolution training and consulting company that facilitated the Cincinnati Police-Community Relations Collaborative;
- Ntsiki Sandi, Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Human Rights Violations Committee, South Africa;
- Najeeba Syeed-Miller, executive director of the Western Justice Center Foundation in Pasadena, California; and
- David Weisburd, Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at The Hebrew University and faculty member of the University of Maryland Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
All symposium papers will be published in Volume 22 Issue 1 of the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, scheduled for publication in Fall 2006.