Our world is getting smaller and increasingly inter-connected. People travel as easily from Saint Paul to Saint Petersburg as from home to work. So do ideas. Yet, we are still a planet populated by countless different social worlds.
Just like other phenomena, ADR is also increasingly global. And, just like other phenomena, its spread and movement carries the values, beliefs, and cultural assumptions of one social world to another.
The fourth biennial symposium on advanced issues in dispute resolution discussed the globalization of mediation. Specifically, we examined the growing use of mediation in courts and other professional settings around the world. We examined both practical and theoretical issues that arise as mediation practices and programs spread across the globe, with a particular focus on the challenges of institutionalizing mediation in new social contexts.
The symposium provided a setting where scholars and practitioners engaged in meaningful dialogue about how best to understand and promote responsible practice in the globalization of mediation.