Hamline News

May 21, 2013

DRI Press Publishes Fourth Book in Series

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DRI Press, an imprint of Hamline Law's Dispute Resolution Institute (DRI), is proud to announce publication of Educating Negotiators for a Connected World, the fourth and final volume in the Rethinking Negotiation Teaching (RNT) series funded by the JAMS Foundation. Co-edited by Hamline Law Professor James Coben, who conceived the RNT project together with Giuseppe De Palo, Hamline’s International Professor of ADR Law and Practice, and Christopher Honeyman, managing partner of Convenor Conflict Management, the volume’s multi-disciplinary and multi-national writing teams address the challenges of teaching negotiation in the face of profound cultural difference; move forward a project with a special focus on “wicked problems” (those ill-defined, ambiguous challenges for which even defining “the problem” is elusive, let alone attaining a “solution”); design innovative and concrete teaching tools for use both in and outside of the classroom; and introduce an array of new topics for the field, ranging from the possibilities of “informal” education to the role of physical movement in negotiation instruction. 

The volume’s 27 chapters include contributions from 59 authors. Individual chapters are available for free download, and the book may be purchased from Amazon and other booksellers. Coben co-authored three of the book’s 27 chapters, including the introduction (What Have We Learned) and epilogue (The Biz), as well as, Teaching Wickedness to Students: Planning, Public Policy, and Law, where he candidly assesses barriers and offers up a series of practical recommendations for teaching “wicked problems” in law schools. Fellow Hamline School of Law professors Ken Fox and Sharon Press co-authored, Venturing Home: Implementing Lessons Learned from the Rethinking Negotiation Project, where they describe their efforts to create from scratch the first fully-realized course to take advantage of what has been learned to date in the course of the RNT project. In addition, Press co-authored two other chapters, Debriefing the Debrief and Debriefing Adventure Learning, where she and her writing colleagues carefully catalogue the characteristics of good classroom and adventure learning debriefing work and then, outline predictable debriefing challenges and tactics for handling them. 

While the book publishing agenda (four volumes in five years) is now complete, the project leaves a successor starting up, 谈判 Tán Pàn: The Chinese-English Journal on Negotiation, which moves forward as a joint project of Hamline Law's DRI and the International Institute for Conflict Engagement and Resolution (IICER) in the Department of Law and Business at Hong Kong Shue Yan University. Co-edited by Coben, this bilingual journal is intended to provide a home for a vigorous, interdisciplinary, and jointly practitioner/scholar intellectual life for the negotiation field in China. The formal launch of the journal will be a symposium in Hong Kong titled, Negotiation Tea House: Modern Negotiation and Ancient Wisdom. Scheduled for November 1 - 2, 2013, the event is designed to kick off a rigorous examination of Chinese mediation and negotiation models and practices. Participants will examine the extent to which the export of Western mediation models through globalization processes has influenced, and will continue to influence, dispute resolution reforms in China and Hong Kong SAR. In addition, the symposium will explore the role that domestic legal culture plays in shaping models of mediation all across East Asia, and it will begin to identify principles of dispute resolution governance and ethics relevant to shaping future mediation policy and practice in the region.