LGST 489
Alternative Dispute Resolution (OCW)


LGST 489
Alternative Dispute Resolution (OCW)

Study Guide

Unit 2 – Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution: What Is It? Why Use It?

Overview, Learning Objectives, and Reading Assignments

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Unit 2 provides a general introduction to alternative dispute resolution: the attempt to define ADR, its historical background, its current resurgence, and why it is gaining popularity. This unit introduces the most popular forms and uses of ADR, with a particular focus on its use in several professions. An ongoing topic of the course is also introduced in Unit 2, namely, the use of ADR methods versus traditional methods of dispute resolution.

Learning Objectives

When you have completed Unit 2, you should be able to achieve the following learning objectives.

  1. Define alternative dispute resolution’s different forms (e.g., mediation, negotiation, neutral evaluation).
  2. Describe some of the ideas and theories that have contributed to the emergence of ADR.
  3. Explain the purposes and uses of ADR.
  4. Compare and reconcile the use of ADR in relation to more traditional forms of dispute resolution, particularly within the legal system.
  5. Describe how ADR is being incorporated into lawyering, policing and other professional practices.

Reading Assignment

Menkel-Meadow, Carrie. (2000). Mothers and fathers of invention: The intellectual founders of ADR. Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, 16(1), 1–37.

Morris, Catherine. (May 2002). “Definitions in the field of conflict transformation.”