Public Resources

Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators

The Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators was prepared in 1994 by the American Arbitration Association, the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, and the Association for Conflict Resolution. A joint committee consisting of representatives from the same successor organizations revised the Model Standards in 2005. The Reporter for the 2005 effort was Professor Joseph Stulberg. The 2005 revision, including the Reporter’s Notes, can be found at the link above.

Indisputably Blog

Indisputably: The ADR Prof Blog discusses the latest dispute resolution topics from an academic perspective. The contributors include world-class ADR faculty from around the nation, including Professor Sarah Cole, Director of the Program on Dispute Resolution at Moritz.

Bridge Initiative

The Bridge Initiative compiles a bibliography as a resource for innovative dispute systems designers and scholars who look for ways to help people bridge differences, particularly when they are divided in ways that they feel deeply. The books, articles and websites listed in this site are not limited to resolution of identity-based conflict. The bibliography also includes writings about dispute resolution in nations other than the United States or within cultural communities in the United States that may offer insights to the dispute systems designers looking for new ideas and a broader understanding of cultural and political influences on dispute resolution. For more information on the Bridge Initiative, contact Professor Nancy Rogers.

Aviation Dispute Resolution Initiative

The Ohio State University Center for Aviation Studies has partnered with The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law Program on Dispute Resolution to develop better methods to resolve commercial disputes between entities operating in the aviation industry.  This partnership provides Moritz College of Law students the opportunity to interact with industry players and apply principles of dispute systems design to real world problems.  In 2014, students in the Moritz College of Law’s Dispute System Design Workshop developed a report identifying ways in which the current dispute resolution approaches fit the interests of aviation partners and suggests alternatives to the current processes.  A subsequent student report is forthcoming.  For more information on this partnership, please contact Dr. Seth YoungProfessor Nancy Rogers, or Gary Doernhoefer.

The Divided Community Project

By divided community, we mean a community with conflicts that could potentially polarize its residents, such that people stop listening, tensions simmer, and, in regrettable instances, some “final straw” incident triggers civil unrest and disorder.

No nation, including our own, can escape such tests.  Be they conflicts arising from police conduct, immigration issues, use of public lands, religious clashes or social issues of significant citizen division, our collective challenge is to strengthen our ability to prevent such community interactions from escalating into violence and unrelenting polarization.  Another challenge is to make available avenues to deal with the heart of the issues dividing a community in tranquil times so that these divisions do not as frequently generate civil unrest and more frequently enhance understanding about and consensus on public policies and practices.

Through this project, we hope to synthesize the insights and lessons of dispute resolution interveners gained from their engagement in such conflicts, and transform those findings into tangible principles, guidelines, and suggestions that assist local public officials and community leaders strengthen their broad-based capacity to meet these challenges.  In December 2015, the project published two reports, Key Considerations for Community Leaders Facing Civil Unrest and Planning in Advance of Civil Unrest.  For more information about this project, please contact Professor Josh Stulberg, Professor Nancy Rogers, or Professor William Froehlich.