ODR: Trends and Potential, from an ADR perspective (The video is ready for streaming. Simply click play on the player below.)
The field of ADR has evolved quickly and dramatically since coming together as a discipline in the seventies, to the point where few people even think of it as “alternative” any more. Just as this evolution has involved increasing focus on the real needs and desires of those in conflict—as opposed to what those of us in the field think they should need or desire—in the realm of online dispute resolution, change is at hand as we approach a favorable turning point. Now that the World Wide Web has grown from novelty and a cool tool to a mainstream way of life involving the rapid formation and development of new communities and businesses, ODR must adapt. That involves great challenge but also enormous opportunity as ODR becomes, not a novelty, but a necessary part of life on the internet. This online talk involves a look at the rapidity of change and the implications for the near future of ODR.
Arthur Pearlstein, Professor of Law and Director of the Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, received his B.A from Haverford College, his J.D. from Harvard Law School cum laude, and his Master’s in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University. Immediately prior to joining the Creighton faculty, Professor Pearlstein served as the general counsel and director of Alternative Dispute Resolution and International Programs at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). In addition to his work as a lawyer, mediator, and facilitator, Professor Pearlstein has an extensive background in teaching and training both overseas and in the U.S. He has written widely on law, dispute resolution, and popular culture and has been a speaker, panelist and guest lecturer on negotiation and alternative dispute resolution at a wide variety of institutions, conferences and symposia around the world. His research and praxis interests include dispute systems design, emergence and private ordering in conflict resolution, interdisciplinary education, and collaborative professional practice. Professor Pearlstein also serves on Creighton University’s Graduate Board and chaired the committee on interdisciplinary education of Creighton’s Graduate School Task Force.