The peaceable and just resolution of human conflicts is a central task of the law. While the court system and alternative dispute resolution structures exist to provide this function, there is widespread concern over how to improve these existing processes, providing more satisfactory and economically efficient means to the end. A better understanding of our behavior in initiating, conducting and resolving conflicts will be at the core of such improvements. The Gruter Institute and its Research Fellows are pursuing a number of initiatives in this field, ranging from the study of reconciliation in primates, hormone levels in litigators, and the economics of dispute resolution systems and their alternatives. The Institute has supported conferences and training programs on dispute resolution with such academic partners as Georgetown, Georgia State and the University of Tübingen.
Conflict Resolution Conference List
Workshop: “The Biology of Trust in the Resolution of Conflict.” The Gruter Institute, the Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at Georgia State University, and the Living Links Center of Emory University October 19-21, 2006.
German-American Workshop: “Law and Behavior – Mediation.” University of Tübingen, Germany, May 5-6, 2001.
Conference: “Consumer Choice/Market Forces in the Selection of Dispute Resolution Procedures,” Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, sponsored by the Gruter Institute, Ann and Gordon P. Getty Foundation, and Georgetown University Law Center, November 6 and 7, 1998.