Dispute Resolution

‘It’s important to sing, even when it rains’

First published in Harvard Law Today There were just four weeks until Harvard Law School’s commencement ceremony, and Salomé Van Bunnen LL.M. ’24 was more than 7,000 miles away—in East Africa. But far from regretting missing a few of her final days in Cambridge, Salomé was in Tanzania celebrating putting into practice a semester of […]

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Evictions can kill: how US communities are trying to break the cycle of violence

In a typical year, American landlords file 3.6m eviction cases. The process has been criticized as an “expedited, state sanctioned collection process for landlords.” Systemic injustices require systemic solutions. Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program Clinical Instructor Deanna Pantin Parrish co-authored an article on how alternative dispute resolution practices can shift a system to help

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Law school clinics offers first-hand experience

Students from the Harvard Law School Dispute Systems Design Clinic will conduct an assessment of the concerns and experiences that are driving these strong emotions, what approaches people take to raising their concerns with New Hampshire Judicial Court staff, and how these encounters are currently handled by both court users and court staff.

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Spring 2023 Student Spotlight: Valerie Gutmann ’23 & Austin Riddick ’23

Valerie and Austin agreed to interview each other about their time at Harvard Law School—how they became interested in dispute resolution, why they think the field is vital to our culture and the legal system today, their passion for helping those in conflict find agency and ownership in problem-solving, the specific ways they found to follow their passions in the work, and how they found community in the field.

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The Fight for Boston’s GLX and CLX: Stakeholder Mapping and Integrative Negotiation – Part II

by Justin Minion ’23  In Part I of this series, I have covered stakeholders battles that would likely be described as “distributive.”  For instance, the stakeholder battles between the Conservative Law Foundation and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and between the MBTA and the MassDot would likely be examined through the lens of zero-sum bargaining.  In

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The Fight for Boston’s GLX and CLX: Stakeholder Mapping and Integrative Negotiation — Part I

By Justin Minion ’23 On a Wednesday evening in April of 2014, Jack Wright, the interim project manager for the Green Line Extension, stood on stage at a town hall meeting and faced an angry audience of residents from Somerville, Medford, and Cambridge.  Jack informed the audience that funding for the much-anticipated Community Path, which

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Rethinking Systems Design for Racial Justice

The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program, in partnership with the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, The Ohio State University’s Divided Community Project, and Stanford Law School’s Gould Center for Conflict Resolution, is pleased to invite you to join an interactive symposium series titled “Rethinking Systems Design for Racial Justice & Equity.” This three part-series will take place across the spring semester and across the country.

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HNMCP and the American Bar Association Jointly Release Report on Best Practices for Eviction Diversion: “Designing for Housing Stability”

A major new report jointly released today by the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program and the American Bar Association identifies a list of key considerations for designing court-based and court-adjacent eviction prevention and/or diversion programs. The report, Designing for Housing Stability: Best Practices for Court-Based and Court-Adjacent Eviction Prevention and/or Diversion Programs, was written

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Tying it All Together: Creating Purpose-Built Infrastructures to Address Inter-bubble Conflicts

By Patrick Maxwell ‘21   To wrap up this blog series, let’s think back to the first entry of this series, and the concept of “conflict resolution infrastructure” that was introduced there. Conflict resolution infrastructure is the set of processes, decision rules, specialists, and sources of truth that govern how a conflict is managed—and as

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When Norms Collide, Part 4: Interpersonal and National Inter-Bubble Conflicts—Two Stories

By Patrick Maxwell ‘21    The next entries of this blog series will focus on examples of inter-bubble conflicts from real life—and how those conflicts came to some kind of successful resolution. In this post, we’ll examine two vignettes of inter-bubble conflict. The first example is an interpersonal conflict, returning to the world of QAnon and conspiracy theories that we first referenced

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