Friday, April 29, 2016


Heather KulpLecturer on Law and HNMCP Clinical Instructor Heather Scheiwe Kulp co-authored “You Help Me, He Helps You: Dispute Systems Design in the Sharing Economy” with Amanda L. Kool, published in the University of Washington Law School’s Journal of Law & Policy.

Kulp and Kool discuss the potential for dispute resolution schemes in a sharing economy, one they argue involves a more efficient use of resources. The sharing economy is at the nexus of fast-paced technology that connects people to previously inaccessible resources to increase the local consumption. Kulp and Kool argue that such sharing economies maximize the benefits of ownership by leveraging goods and services into a resource generator allowing increased access to goods and services at a lower-than-market rate. This unique market structure requires a distinct set of laws to address the unique relationships involved, and this article explores how attorneys can best assist in managing conflicts in a sharing economy.


HNMCP Case StudyUnited States v. Teller, a newly released negotiation role play case by Sam W. Straus and Robert C. Bordone of the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP), explores the challenges of negotiating plea bargains in the face of intense principal-agent tensions that pose ethical challenges. The case involves domestic terrorism and hate crime charges.  Although the fact pattern is fictional, it draws loosely on actual events in U.S. history, including the Oklahoma City bombing of a federal building in 1995 and the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013.

For the full description of United States v. Teller, please visit the HLS Case Studies Blog. To purchase the case, please visit the HLS Case Studies site.