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UDC Law Review Symposium: Alternative Dispute Resolution
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3/27/2015
When: Friday, March 27, 2015
9 AM to 5 PM
Where: Moot Court Room, 5th Floor
4340 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20008
United States
Presenter: UDC Law Review
Contact: UDC Law Review: Attn. Sally Tyler
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Not All Controversies End in Court:

Checking the Balance in Alternative Dispute Resolution

March 27, 2015

The field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) has ended rapidly over the past decade and has become mandatory under a growing list of circumstances. Although clear evidence demonstrates cost and time savings through ADR, an increasing number of activists and scholars have criticized its use as a privatization of justice. Beyond efficiency, under what circumstances can ADR provide a just resolution that might not be available to parties through traditional litigation? What safeguards must be included to ensure that ADR fosters the desired win-win outcome, and does not result in a form of second-class justice that denies parties their day in court? And what can be done to prevent societal biases and power differentials from creating disparate treatment for parties in ADR based on race, gender, ethnicity, or worker status?

By featuring a varied range of topics, the symposium will demonstrate the relevance of ADR within a broad spectrum of the law, and will aim to promote creative engagement among diverse parties.

A few of the topics that we will explore include class actions in labor arbitration, ethical challenges for mediators, community involvement in environmental settlements, and dispute resolution processes within the context of international elections. The law review’s editorial board invites submissions on any topic related to ADR. Submissions from academics and practitioners are welcome.

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