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Negotiation Book Club - Tower of Babel symposium

We're gearing up for the Moving Negotiation Theory from the Tower of Babel Toward a World of Mutual Understanding symposium.  Part of this gearing is an ongoing conversation of books directly and obliquely pertinent to negotiation.…


Added by Noam Ebner on August 19, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments


See this post by Sarah Cole on Indisputably. Werner grads - this one's for you.

The Department of Justice (DOJ), Community Relations Service (CRS) is seeking to hire highly qualified Regional Directors for various Regional Offices. CRS has responsibility for assisting state and local units of government, private and public organizations, and community groups with preventing and resolving racial and ethnic tensions,…


Added by Noam Ebner on August 12, 2016 at 3:23am — No Comments

What do lawyers really need to learn? Ask the lawyers

The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System released a new  'Foundations of Practice' study based on a survey of more than 24,000 lawyers across the US. The study identifies “foundations” that lawyers need in the short term after graduation. 

In a post on Indisputably, Prof. John Lande lists the top skills and qualities that lawyers need - according to lawyers themselves - and notes that the only place in the law school curriculum where…


Added by Noam Ebner on August 3, 2016 at 5:00am — No Comments

Skating to where the puck is going to be: The future of ADR, and what teachers need to do to prepare their students for it

At the latest ABA Section of Dispute Resolution conference in NYC, I participated in a panel trying to envision the future of the field of ADR. Not that I would ordinarily suggest convening groups of prophets in order to say things that will likely seem silly a couple of years later, but the idea here was to grapple with a single proposition: Change is more likely to happen in our field, than not. What might that change look like? And, no matter what it turns out to look like, how can we…


Added by Noam Ebner on July 8, 2016 at 4:32am — No Comments

Procedural justice in ODR

When the Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) world comes together, you know good things are going to come out of it. Check out the website of the 15th International Forum on ODR, held in May in The Hague. You can see some of the talks and presentations here.

I've been working this year on the topic of governance structures and policy for the ODR field; this…


Added by Noam Ebner on July 4, 2016 at 9:54am — No Comments

Prisoners Dilemma simulation game for conflict resolution & negotiation teaching/training

Ore Wars: Prisoners Dilemma simulation game for small group teaching/training


Hi all -

In the past, I’ve shared my Pasta Wars simulation on this blog, which works best with groups of 12-28 participants. However, teachers and trainers sometimes find themselves working with much smaller groups – and most prisoners dilemma exercises just don’t deliver their full punch when played in…


Added by Noam Ebner on June 10, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments

Early Dispute Resolution

Planned Early Dispute Resolution? Sounds like a no-brainer to me. Here's what John Lande has to say about it, after researching corporate approaches and attitudes towards it:


(originally posted on Indisputably)


One might assume that using a “planned early dispute resolution” (PEDR) system should be a…


Added by Noam Ebner on January 27, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Trust, Security and Fairness in ODR

A new paper, written with John Zeleznikow, explores three key concepts in online dispute resolution: Fairness, Trust and Security. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Added by Noam Ebner on January 11, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

High hopes for the high holidays, from the Middle East

Join me in sharing this beautiful clip, in which Jews and Muslims in Israel speak about the upcoming holidays of ‘Id al-Adcha and Yom Kippur, which come out together this year. Beautiful!

The clip was produced by Mosaica, Israel’s leading community mediation center, which operates branches in mixed Jewish/Muslim cities in Israel. …


Added by Noam Ebner on September 20, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments


Here is a good piece written by a good friend, with all the good advice a new lawyer needs before she or he gets started. Dispute resolution folks – I think you may want to read this as well.

Added by Noam Ebner on August 31, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

Negotiating via (the New) Email (again!)

A book chapter I wrote last year, Negotiation via (the New) Email, is to be reprinted in a second leading negotiation textbook – this time, in the upcoming edition of Jay Folberg and Dwight Golann’s Lawyer Negotiation: Theory, Practice, and Law. I’m so glad this topic is starting to find its way into the mainstream of negotiation courses, in business, conflict engagement and legal frameworks (earlier this year, it was reprinted in Roy Lewicki, Bruce Barry and David Saunders’…


Added by Noam Ebner on August 27, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Call for Papers: Journal of Peacebuilding & Development


JPD is a tri-annual refereed journal providing a forum for critical thinking and constructive action at the intersections of conflict, development and peace


JPD is calling for papers for open issue Volume 11 Number 2. This issue will be published in August 2016. JPD generally offers a…


Added by Noam Ebner on July 22, 2015 at 2:34am — No Comments

Dispute Resolution - The end of an erA?

For all those of us used to plugging away for ADR, and bemoaning it as an uphill battle, hear this quote of a student explaining why he signed up for my Intro to ADR course:

"In my current position, I see books on dispute resolution on most of the attorneys’ desks."

We wouldn't want to miss noticing that the revolution has happened, when it finally does - do we?

The end of the A in ADR?

Added by Noam Ebner on July 7, 2015 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Peace and conflict post #8623: The Ombudsthingie

As long as I'm taking controversial peace and conflict topics on over social media, this one relates to the name of an important conflict role gaining traction over the past few years.

For a while, I used to think the term 'ombudsman' was just a term, and nothing to argue about.

Then, I thought that the fact that the 'man' in it does not indicate the male gender in the Swedish origin of the term was important. It's just a word, right? If it wasn't intended to differentiate,…


Added by Noam Ebner on June 9, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Why I became a teacher, part 213:

...because just as your children become parents, and bless you with grandchildren – so too, your students become teachers, and bless you with grandstudents. 

And, although you don’t know quite how many there are out there, and you don’t get to hear about the wonderful things they do in the world – every now and then, you see ripples or hear echoes. And sometimes, you get to hear about how one of them goes off and does something outstanding like this. 

I can't claim any credit…


Added by Noam Ebner on May 28, 2015 at 12:05pm — No Comments

New Book By Dr. Jackie Font: Experiencing Puerto Rican Citizenship and Cultural Nationalism

This is an excellent book on identity, culture and how these relate to conflict. The book exposes the inconvenient truth about the relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico that few USAmericans are aware of - and the ramifications this has on the relationship between Puerto Ricans and the United States.

My colleague Jackie Font of the Werner Institute, ladies and gentlemen. This goes into the "and I knew her way back when!" category!…


Added by Noam Ebner on May 20, 2015 at 10:34am — No Comments

New Masters (or: why I always celebrate mid-May)

This is always my favorite weekend of the year: Commencement!

I've just re-read the list of names of forty graduates of The Werner Institute at  at Creighton University who will be designated Masters of their field, this weekend. The field of Negotiation and Dispute Resolution attracts, and develops such wonderful people - and it has…


Added by Noam Ebner on May 15, 2015 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Why I Became a Teacher, Part 83:

...because every so often you get a letter like the following, which I received this week from a student, who is very close to being a graduate of The Werner Institute:

"My practicum is coming to a close and I wanted to share a bit of it with you…


Added by Noam Ebner on May 6, 2015 at 11:27am — No Comments

Everything I Know About Dispute Resolution Is Wrong – Especially What You Say About It

[John Lande has written up a great piece at, describing our session at the ABA's Dispute Resolution conference in Seattle last week. Rattling some ADR cages! Enjoy - Noam]


Everything I Know About Dispute Resolution Is Wrong – Especially What You Say About It

I think that it is accurate to say that at the ABA DR Section Conference we had a lively session entitled, …


Added by Noam Ebner on April 26, 2015 at 2:50pm — No Comments


Check out this introduction to our upcoming session at the ABA's Dispute Resolution conference in Seattle, courtesy of John Lande at 

Attending the conference? Come rattle the cages with us (constructively, of course!). 

Added by Noam Ebner on April 2, 2015 at 4:36pm — No Comments

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