How do we know if they're dogs? Bryan Farkas' “Old problem, new med...

Noam EbnerHow can we assess with any accuracy whether someone is lying to us through online communication media? And - what can we do to prevent it? This article spotlights an issue that anybody practicing ODR needs to consider.

...A recent article by Brian Farkas in the Cardozo Journal of Dispute Resolution entitled “Old problem, new me...” seeks to shed light on this topic. The author reviews recent research on deception and lying in face-to-face negotiation, and discusses its application to online processes. Consiering the frequent incidents of internet scams, hoaxes and frauds, coupled with the booming spread of online commercial negotiation, this is clearly a piece whose time has come.

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Mediator Plea To Divorcing Couples

Separating couples have been urged to consider third-party mediators in a bid to avoid "traumatic" courtroom battles at a time when the number of broken marriages is expected to peak.

The post-Christmas period sees enquiries about separation and divorce soar, with the first working day in January dubbed "Divorce Day" by the legal sector, said the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

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Cinnie Noble- The phrase “nip it in the bud” is apparently derived from the de-budding of plants. The earlier form of the phrase was “nip in the bloome [sic]” and was cited in a romantic piece by Henry Chettle in 1595. It seems a sad origin, thinking of a flowering romance being nipped and prevented from blossoming. On the other hand, nipping of flower buds can facilitate repeat growth.

If we apply this notion of nipping it in the bud to conflict and consider firstly that it is a good thing to let conflict bloom, it raises the possibility that, if allowed to surface, important feelings and thoughts may be expressed that would help the relationship and situation rather than hinder it. If presented and received in the spirit of acknowledging and not undermining our differences, we would say and hear things that are meaningful to us both. Ultimately, this has the potential for strengthening bonds that are based on mutual understanding.

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Dignity, Humiliation, and Conflict

Patricia M PorterAll human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights," this is the first statement of Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Since this declaration's adoption in 1948, political rights have been foregrounded. Now the time has come for humankind to give dignity sustainable attention. Human rights are embedded in dignity, but dignity has a larger humanizing scope than rights. Dignity entails justice and peace, and it manifests as unity in diversity and supports an ethics of care.

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