Center for Global Humanities Lecture/Seminar Series

Solving Problems, Resolving Disputes and Finding Justice

WCHP Lecture Hall
Portland Campus
Craig McEwen

Free and open to the public

Historian Jerold Auerbach argued in 1983 that “where community ends, law begins” and critiqued “misguided enthusiasm for alternative dispute resolution” while remaining skeptical about whether law produces justice. In this seminar, we will affirm and challenge parts of Auerbach’s analysis in the light of contemporary challenges of legal systems and courts, changing notions of community, and innovative forms and uses of conflict resolution. For example, we will examine how one resolves millions of on-line buyer-seller disputes that stretch across national and legal boundaries. We will look at ways that “dispute resolution” techniques have been used to build relationships on individual and communal levels in the aftermath of systemic violence. We will review research about what people understand justice to be. In examining these and other examples and issues, we will reflect on the complex relationships between solving problems, resolving disputes and finding justice.


WCHP Lecture Hall
United States

C G H Brand

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