The Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR) will host judges, attorneys and court administrators from around the globe at its third annual Summer Legal Institute—a unique program for professionals who want to implement court Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in their home legal systems. Diverse participants from 25 countries have come to study together at the Center.
Funded in part by $118,000 in three annual grants from 2011–2013 from the JAMS Foundation, the Institute will prepare participants from countries such as Cameroon, China, Egypt, Nigeria and the Philippines, among others, to design and implement court ADR programs in their respective countries.
ADR programs are needed to help maintain the rule of law in fragile court systems where corruption may exist. They also save the courts’ resources by enabling the court to refer cases suited to ADR to mediators that can work with both parties toward resolution. ADR programs also give a voice to both parties and enable them to create a solution to their own problems.
Participants in the Court ADR Summer Institute will learn how to lay the groundwork for a successful court-based ADR program by working with local stakeholders; how to assess community needs, choose ADR processes suited to those needs and develop the chosen program design; how to screen and select cases appropriate for ADR; and how to implement, evaluate and modify a program once it is underway.
Participants from previous Institutes have already launched successful programs in their home countries. “A participant from Brazil implemented a number of changes to his court’s ADR program after the Institute and wrote to thank us and to proudly report that his court had won First Place in a National Conciliation Award contest of their National Council of Justice” said Sheila Purcell, Director of the Center.
“Other prior attendees are working on building capacity for programs by focusing on training. For example, a judge from Spain arranged for a UC Hastings CNDR Adjunct to provide a 50-hour Mediation Certificate Training to comply with the new European Union directive regarding mediation. A professor from Turkey sought and received a fellowship to come back to CNDR to learn more about introducing a mediation clinic in their law school curriculum.”
Faculty for the program includes Purcell; Claudia Bernard, Chief Circuit Mediator for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and Howard Herman, Director of ADR Programs for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
For more information about the program, held June 20-26 at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, click here.
JAMS, the nation’s premier provider of private dispute resolution services, established the non-profit JAMS Foundation to offer financial assistance for conflict resolution initiatives with national or international impact and to share its dispute resolution experience and expertise for the benefit of the public interest. Funded entirely by contributions from JAMS, JAMS neutrals, and employee associates, the Foundation’s mission is to encourage the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), support education at all levels about collaborative processes for resolving differences, promote innovation in conflict resolution, and advance the settlement of conflict worldwide.