Comprehensive DR Sites
A Wayne State University project aimed at increasing administrator, faculty, staff and student awareness of, access to, and use of conflict resolution information specifically tailored to the higher education context.
A cooperative effort to strengthen the conflict field's information infrastructure, funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Covers a wide range of conflict resolution information useful to any dispute resolution program or practitioner. Includes a search engine for conflict resolution programs, concepts, or authors.
CPR encourages the use of ADR in corporate law departments and law firm practices. Agenda includes research and development, education, advocacy and dispute resolution. The site offers a useful on-line form book with model clauses, forms, and procedures.
An online library that contains thousands of links to legal issues related to arbitration and dispute resolution throughout the world.
A general conflict resolution and mediation site offering content for both the public and practitioners. More than 700 articles and resources are posted. Navigation system includes both topical and text searches.
A nonprofit initiative of Cornell Law School. Carries out applied research on the use of digital information technology in the distribution of legal information related to delivery and practice of ADR. Links to ADR statutes.
Pending legislation of the UMA by the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution and the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Includes interim draft and names of reporters of the drafting committee.
Membership and Other Associations
The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution provides its members and the public with creative leadership in the dispute resolution field by fostering diversity, developing and offering educational programs, providing technical assistance, and producing publications that promote problem-solving and excellence in the provision of dispute resolution services.
A professional organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. Promotes professionalism of conflict resolvers at the local, regional, national and international levels, through conferences, training institutes, chapters, and specialized sectors.
A nonprofit organization promoting the practice of public participation in relation to individuals, governments, institutions, and other entities that effect the public interest internationally. Convenes discussion forums on new technologies and how technical assistance is organized and delivered; an Internet partnership for Sustainable Development; and an International Women's Democracy Center focused on increasing participation of women in politics, policy, and decision making within their governments.
Membership organization supporting community mediation centers, staffs and volunteer mediators, and others involved in community mediation. Site includes a directory of community mediation centers; details of the Ongoing Mediation Regulation Projects, which provides links to the Uniform Mediation Act and ADA mediation; and details of the Public Issues Dialogue Program, a project employing the tools of community mediation to facilitate dialogues on contentious public issues.
PeaceWeb is a non-membership organization for people interested in issues of peacemaking, social justice, and conflict resolution. Promotes the use and acceptance of non-violent approaches to the resolution of conflict and the improvement of conflict resolution theory and practice.
Victim Offender Mediation Association (VOMA), an international membership association, supports and assists people and communities working at restorative models of justice. VOMA provides resources, training, and technical assistance in victim-offender mediation, conferencing, circles, and related restorative justice practices.
A resource clearinghouse for, and archive of information and data on, evaluation of ADR systems - specifically those which are court annexed, related, or associated. CAADRS is located at the Center for Conflict Resolution, an Illinois Not-for-Profit corporation established by the Chicago Bar Association. The site includes a an annotated, searchable database that offers a wide range of materials on court-related ADR, including articles, studies, books, and programs.
Through original research, consulting services, publications, and national educational programs, NCSC offers solutions that enhance court operations with the latest technology; collects and interprets the latest data on court operations nationwide; and provides information on proven "best practices" for improving court operations in many areas.
Assists governors in coordinating activities under the Great Lakes Charter and the Great Lakes Charter Annex—voluntary agreements through which the Great Lakes States and Provinces cooperatively manage the waters of the Great Lakes. Also coordinates the authority granted to the governors under the Water Development Act of 1986. The Act requires governors' unanimous approval on any proposed out-of-basin diversion of water from the Great Lakes basin.
A non-partisan association of the governors of the eight Northeastern states, including the governors of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. CONEG encourages intergovernmental cooperation in the Northeast on issues relating to the economic, environmental and social well-being of the Northeast states.
Helps governors and their key policy staff develop and implement innovative solutions to governance and policy challenges facing their states. Assists state policy makers by evaluating and disseminating information on state innovations and best practices.
Works to identify and address key policy and governance issues in the West, advance the role of the Western states in the federal system, and strengthen the social and economic fabric of the region. Also develops policy and carries out programs in the areas of natural resources, the environment, human services, economic development, international relations and state management.
Regional, Tribal, State and Local Resources
(visit the PCI Directory for specific state programs)
To assist states with multi-state and regional solutions, CSG maintains offices throughout the country that staff regional associations of legislative and executive elected officials. Helps states increase efficiency by identifying the best new and creative approaches to significant state problems. Our information products are full of useful and practical policy solutions. In addition, CSG draws upon experts in the states, and marshals them as consultants to help sister states in need of services. And CSG's leadership training helps state officials enhance their skills in managing strategic change.
Assists in the building of capable Native nations that can effectively pursue and ultimately realize their own political, economic, and community development objectives. Provides Native nations with comprehensive, professional training and development programs designed specifically to meet the needs of Indigenous leadership and management, by providing Native nations and other policymakers with policy analysis and accessible research on governance and development in Indian Country, and by working with Indigenous groups on strategic and organizational development. NNI is an outgrowth of the research programs of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.
A bi-partisan, non-profit organization founded on the principle that the most effective policy solutions are created through a collaborative process and tested in the real-world. The Center draws on leadership from both the public and private sectors to address global challenges facing the nation in such crucial areas as climate change, IT and data security, and workforce development. Located in Park City, Utah, the Center is committed to bringing people together from all sectors to achieve its mission of convening dynamic leaders to create practical policy solutions that transform the challenges of technology and globalization into opportunities for our communities.
A bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. NCSL is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of state governments before Congress and federal agencies.
Promotes well-informed, ethical, inclusive, effective and responsive local government in California through innovative (state of the art) resources, tools and programs. It is the nonprofit research affiliate of the League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties. The Institute's materials help city, county and special district officials.
Strengthens and promotes cities as centers of opportunity, leadership, and governance. Works in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues to serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages, and towns it represents. More than 1,600 municipalities of all sizes pay dues to NLC and actively participate as leaders and voting members in the organization.
Federal Resources for State DR Programs
Site offers a Natural Resources ADR Tool Kit with useful information in the areas of policy and legal guidance.
Includes a library of links and information from the USAF, other government departments (including federal, state, tribal, and local), and private organizations. Access to a recent Federal ADR Network List of Recommended Links; and electronic documents on federal statutes, executive orders, sample policies, ethics, and confidentiality.
The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) was created by Congress in 1947 as an independent agency to promote sound and stable labor-management relations.
A Working Group established to coordinate, promote, and facilitate effective use of DR processes within federal agencies as mandated by the ADR Act of 1996 and a recent White House Presidential Memorandum. Useful topics/links include:
- Federal ADR Program Managers' Resource Manual
- Electronic Guide to Federal Procurement ADR
- Confidentiality in Federal ADR Programs (PDF)
- Evaluation of Federal ADR Programs (PDF)
Links to emerging programs and programs previously instituted at USDA, including workplace ADR programs, conflict management training
Created by the 1998 Environmental Policy and Conflict Resolution Act to assist parties in resolving environmental conflicts around the country that involve federal agencies or interests.
The Office of Dispute Resolution coordinates the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for the Department of Justice. The office is responsible for ADR policy matters, ADR training, assisting lawyers in selecting the right cases for dispute resolution, and finding appropriate neutrals to serve as mediators, arbitrators, and neutral evaluators. The office also coordinates the Interagency ADR Working Group, an organization that promotes the use of ADR throughout federal executive branch agencies, which was created by the President and is chaired by the Attorney General.
The Department has developed an interim policy to implement two important amendments to the Administrative Procedure Act and certain provisions of the Executive Order on Civil Justice Reform (E.O. 12778). The two amendments are the Administrative Dispute Resolution Act (ADR Act), Public Law 101-552, and the Negotiated Rulemaking Act, Public Law 101-648. Both of these acts authorize and encourage agencies to use arbitration, mediation, negotiated rulemaking, and other consensual methods of dispute resolution. E.O. 12778, among other things, requires agencies to consider ADR methods wherever appropriate in litigation.
Journals and Publications
American Arbitration Association publication that explores news, issues and legal developments affecting all areas of ADR practice, with feature articles, lawyers' letters, and ADR updates.
An online magazine hosted by the Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts. Provides articles, reports and links to technology information relevant for ADR professionals.
Web-based magazine for news on arbitration, mediation and all forms of ADR. Access to legislative and regulatory developments in all 50 states and the federal government, court opinions, and library of statutes, court rules and policy documents.
A national newsletter by CPR covering dispute resolution trends and information. Serves as a guide for using ADR at companies, firms, and the courts.
Journal covering the array of ADR course offerings at Cardozo, including conflict resolution theory, negotiation, divorce mediation, international commercial arbitration, and employment ADR.
Peer-reviewed journal devoted to the latest developments in the theory and practice of mediation. Researchers and practitioners explore the role of mediation in resolving all types of disputes: family, commercial, community, educational, labor, business, medical, and environmental. Sponsored by the Academy of Family Mediators.
Site provides online access to the Dispute Resolution Journal by the American Arbitration Association, as well as access to selected articles from the Association's publications.
Published by the American Bar Association's section on Dispute Resolution. The journal site provides both subscription information and links to past issues.
Forum for scholars from many disciplines to discuss negotiation as it relates to law and legal institutions. Aimed specifically at lawyers and legal scholars.
A guide to different journals concerning conflict and peace. Includes some journals with full-text online access.
An interdisciplinary, academic journal published bi-annually by the Univesity of Missouri. Features articles of relevance to lawyers, other practitioners of DR, and scholars concerned with preventing and resolving disputes through mediation, negotiation, consensus building, arbitration, and litigation.
A resource for teachers, students, and practitioners interested in peace through the reduction and elimination of conflict. Published quarterly online.
Theoretical and empirical articles relating to mediation, conciliation and other conflict resolution mechanisms that promote peace at all levels of human existence. This can include historical, case study, comparative and statistical investigations.
Quarterly publication committed to better techniques for resolving differences among individuals, organizations, and governments through the give-and-take of negotiation. Written for both scholars and practitioners.
Student-run publication of The Ohio State University College of Law. Includes forums for and methods of ADR, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, summary jury trials, and mini-trials. Official law journal of the American Bar Association's Section on Dispute Resolution.
A new online and print publication devoted to showcasing bold and innovative ideas for solving the world's integrated ecological, social, and economic problems. A hybrid between a peer-reviewed journal and a popular magazine (think Nature meets the New Yorker) Solutions synthesizes the best of our knowledge and creativity to help create a sustainable and desirable future. Solutions employs an innovative "constructive" review process to build effective dialog and consensus across a broad range of viewpoints. Published bi-monthly, and distributed internationally, Solutions provides thinkers, policy makers, pioneering businessmen, and concerned citizens with compelling articles that go beyond reiterating the problems to proposing and discussing real solutions.