Alternative Dispute Resolution

A panel of Boston and Geneva-based legal experts will gather to discuss the newest edition of the lauded collaborative work, “Interdisciplinary Handbook of Dispute Resolution”

Event Details


swissnex Boston
420 Broadway, Cambridge , Massachusetts 02138 United States




Panel Event | Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives on Alternative Dispute Resolution:
Past, Present, and Future

Over the last three decades, Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR, has developed into a widely accepted field of study and practice. It is the process of seeking resolution to problems outside of court. It can be used across many fields, by those in the legal profession, of course, but also by social workers, mediators, and HR professionals: i.e. anyone in conflict management.

The Interdisciplinary Handbook of Dispute Resolution, edited by legal expert Dr. Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio, is a comprehensive collection of essays on the topic, and serves as the quintessential ADR manual of our time. On November 5, a panel of distinguished legal experts, including Dr. Cecchi-Dimeglio herself, will gather at swissnex Boston to discuss the book in an international, interdisciplinary context. The panel includes:

Cathryn Cluver, Harvard Kennedy School

Dr. Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio, Harvard Law School, Program On Negotiation & Center for Legal Profession, Harvard Kennedy School (WAPPP)

Prof. Peter Kamminga, VU Amsterdam & Harvard Law School, Program On Negotiation

Prof. Alain Lempereur, Brandeis University & Harvard Law School, Program On Negotiation

Dr. Christophe Imhoos, Certified and accredited Mediator , International Arbitrator, Geneva

Michele Pekar, Managing Director of CO-DEV and affiliated with the SAID Business School of Oxford University

About the Book

This book shows the diversity of disciplines and the ties between disciplines studying ADR, as well as the bidirectional relationship between ADR theory and practice. It challenges the legal community’s existing understanding of and its relationship to ADR concepts, subject matter, and even its methods. It takes an international and interdisciplinary approach in discussing ADR’s foundations, the current state of the art, and future directions for ADR theory and practice. More than 50 authors contributed to this book, including leading academics and practitioners in the field of ADR from both the English and French speaking world.

This edited volume covers, among other things, the interdisciplinary foundations of ADR, the legal and strategic aspects of ADR, the relationship between ADR and organizational studies, the role of lawyers in ADR, and the various modern applications of mediation and arbitration in business and international diplomacy. Says Guy Canivet, Member of the Constitutional Court & Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in France:

“Considerable! Considerable is the word for the collective work, Interdisciplinary Handbook of Dispute Resolution, considerable for its scale, considerable for its ambition, and considerable for its potential.”