The Pope, a rabbi and an imam…sounds like the beginning of a very funny joke but last week was a reality. As you likely know, last Friday the Pope hosted an interfaith prayer gathering at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. This was trailblazing and I’ve linked to the video here for those you who have … Continue reading Our Peacebuilding Pope
In light of the ongoing debate about the fairness of investor state arbitration (see my earlier blog post here), the European Commission has now proposed a new investor state court to replace the arbitrations under ICSID and UNCITRAL. (See the whole article here.) The court would operate apparently like the WTO with both a lower court … Continue reading Investor State Trade Court?
Last week’s New York Times had a great article illustrating the reality of how people use data to walk up the ladder of inference to make their argument. In an article about the Iran deal, the writers explained how both Dick Cheney and Hilary Clinton were using different parts of the story–different data–to reach their desired conclusion. To hear Dick … Continue reading The Ladder of Inference Applied to Iran
Hi all–just a quick follow up to circle back on my proposal to have my 70 students negotiate the parameters of their ADR class. I posted here on that proposal (and have written here about the idea). So…drumroll please…it was great! They all negotiated and the group reached agreement. Here are the benefits I’ve seen … Continue reading Yes, Make them Negotiate
As we kick off the school year (and the election cycle), I thought these two blog posts (1-5 and 6-10) were quite interesting. Here are the top 10 things that public officials do that erode the public trust in them courtesy of the Blog for Building Dialogue. And do note the lovely shout out to the Marquette Law Poll as … Continue reading Public Officials and Trust
I’m thinking of starting my DR class a little differently this year and would love feedback. I have a class of 70 (!) for my general DR class. Typically, there are three quizzes (covering each of the main processes) and a final exam. I also assign problems throughout the semester and students are “on call” … Continue reading First Class Negotiation
Another story from Charlie Pillsbury of Quinnipiac: There’s a sacred ADR story in the Second Book of Samuel, which relates how the negotiating skills of a “wise woman” saved her city of Abel of Beth-maacah. 2 Samuel 20: 1-22*. A man named Sheba son of Bichri tried to incite a rebellion among the people of … Continue reading Sacred DR Story–The Wise Woman of Abel of Beth-maacah
Okay–this is not that intellectual but this was this morning’s quote to greet me when picking up my (mandatory) morning coffee. [Click on the full post to see the picture] Caffeine and inspiration all at the same time! Happy Summer to all.