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Conflict Resolution Resources

If you need information that you can not find within our web site or through its links, contact Program Director Tim Hicks and he will do his best to help you.

Here are some resources that may be of help or interest.

University Resources

GRE Preparation

GRE preparation help can be found on campus at Teaching and Learning Center. The GRE workshops offer comprehensive instruction in the exam’s math, verbal, and analytical writing sections. In addition, participants learn effective test-taking and pacing strategies. Workshop materials include a study book and practice GRE exams. Workshop dates are listed at als.uoregon.edu/learningservices/testprep/index.html.

Teaching and Learning Center

You can find information on academic support at als.uoregon.edu/index.html

English as a second language

If you are an international student wanting help with your English, you can find it at the American English Institute, aei.uoregon.edu

Graduate Teaching Fellowships (GTF's)

Unfortunately, the Master's program is not yet able to offer any GTF's. If you are interested in a GTF position, check the following links. In addition to the Graduate School GTF positions, other departments will offer GTF positions which may or may not be restricted to students from that department. You'll have to check the site of each department. Try the search function on the University web site as well.

The selection process is quite competitive since the positions are in such high demand. GTF's include a tuition waiver plus a stipend.

Current Graduate school GTF openings


Graduate School GTF Employment Opportunities


For a listing of fellowships and awards that are offered annually and are open to US nationals and international students, go to:


The Graduate School application for GTF positions can be found at:


Information for new GTF's can be found at:


Language requirements for international student GTF's can be found at:


University of Oregon Career Center

The career center is a valuable and often underutilized resource for students. You can learn about what they have to offer at uocareer.uoregon.edu. Paying them a visit is useful too.

Financial aid opportunities for international students


Conflict Resolution Information Resources on the Web

Conflict Resolution Information Source. This is a very rich site with great breadth and depth of information.


Mediate.com is a popular site with many articles on all aspects of the field.

For recent articles on mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution, you can go to Resolution Today at http://www.mediate.com/today/

http://adrhub.com is a relatively new site with the goal to be a resource for those interested in the field of ADR.

Mediation World is sponsored by the British Ministry of Justice and others, and is designed to make up-to-date information on mediation developments in every country available for free – e.g. news, articles, legislation, mediation schemes, research, training, conferences, courses, blogs, podcasts, etc.


Campus Conflict Resolution Resources. This is very interesting site full of conflict resolution information for university campus communities.


The Program on Negotiation (PON) at the Harvard Law School is an important center of learning and practice. The PON clearinghouse lists many publications in all sectors of practice. Reviewing the lists is in itself educational.


The Association for Conflict Resolution – This is the international association for the field of conflict resolution. If you are new to the field, you will learn a lot by attending one of the annual conferences.


The Oregon Mediation Association. The OMA also has an annual conference.


US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution


The American Bar Association – Alternative Dispute Resolution section. The ABA ADR section has an annual conference.


Court ADR Resource Center

This web site offers articles, books, and links to other web sites related to court ADR.


International Association for Conflict Management


International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution


The Albert Einstein Institution. This site says of itself, "Dedicated to advancing the study and use of strategic nonviolent action in conflicts throughout the world."


The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) assists countries pursuing accountability for past mass atrocity or human rights abuse. The Center works in societies emerging from repressive rule or armed conflict, as well as in established democracies where historical injustices or systemic abuse remain unresolved. You will sometimes find internship or job opportunities listed here.


The International Academy of Mediators. This is an association of mediators providing mediation of major commercial mediations. The site has list of interesting articles written by its members.


Mediators Beyond Borders includes useful Peace Making and other links with an international focus.


The Insight Collaborative is a firm offering mediation, facilitation, training, and consulting services. You might find it informative to browse around their site. They also offer a one-year fellowship program focused on international work that includes a $25,000 expense stipend.


There are a number of firms providing mediation/facilitation services for multi-party, public (and usually environmental, in one way or another) policy disputes and decision-making. You may find their web sites educational in themselves. Among them are:

The Keystone Center – keystone.org

Resolve – www.resolv.org

Concur – www.concurinc.com

CDR Associates – www.mediate.org/

The Consensus Building Institute – www.cbuilding.org/

Peace Games is an organization that works in partnership with educators, parents, students and community members to support young people in schools as peacemakers. In April 2001, Peace Games initiated three-year collaborations with six elementary schools in Boston and Los Angeles, involving more than 3,000 students and 200 teachers annually. Each year they gathered and analyzed data from a sample of 600 students in first through sixth grade, and 40 staff members across five Peace Games schools to evaluate how students and teachers improved their peacemaking skills, and to what extent Peace Games helped the school create and sustain a culture of peace.


The Peace Education Center's mission is to further the development of the field of peace education, particularly in recognition of the unprecedented need to address issues of security, war and peace, human rights and social justice, sustainable development and ecological balance, by providing outreach, resourcing, training and in-service education.c

You'll find information of interest at the web site for the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia, http://www.virginia.edu/ien/index.htm.

You can find a list of their interesting and downloadable publications at http://www.virginia.edu/ien/publications.htm.

The online Encyclopedia of Peace Education is at http://www.tc.edu/centers/epe/entries.html.

The US Institute of Peace Peace Media Clearinghouse


The Advocates for Human Rights Discover Human Rights Institute


Institute for Environmental Negotiation – University of Virginia


You'll find a list of their interesting and downloadable publications at:


The Social Psychology Network


You'll find lots of interesting and useful information at the AcademicInfo web site. It's goal is to be "an online education resource center with extensive subject guides, video courses and distance learning information. Our mission is to provide free, independent and accurate information and resources for prospective and current students (and other researchers)." If you do a search for "conflict resolution", you'll find a long list of resources and information.


If you are interested in what is called Transformative Mediation, you will find information and resources at The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation – www.transformativemediation.org

Ombuds Web Sites

The "ombuds" function (originally and still sometimes "ombudsman" and now also "ombudsperson") is a neutral position or department in an organization that serves all members of the organization by addressing and helping to resolve problems and conflicts. The ombudsperson typically reports to the CEO/senior manager in order to insure freedom to act independently in the organization and is usually a member of the senior management team. Everyone in the organization has confidential access to the ombudsperson for help in addressing a problem or resolving a conflict. The ombudsperson may provide negotiation/communication/conflict resolution coaching, referral to a variety of helpful resources, or mediation of a dispute. The work of the ombudsperson is interesting because it deals with both the micro level (specific interpersonal disputes and problems) and the macro level (organizational systems to prevent, reduce, or resolve conflicts). It has been a rapidly growing area over the past few years with many new job postings.

Information on ombuds can be found at:

The International Ombudsman Institute

The International Ombudsman Association

The Journal of the International Ombudsman Association

The United States Ombudsman Association

The Ombuds Directory

The Ombuds Blog

The Association of Conflict Resolution Ombuds Section

Restorative Justice Web Sites

The Victim/Offender Mediation Association. Be sure to click on the "links" link when you're browsing this site.


Prison Fellowship International. This site has a lot of good information on it. Click on "Webtour" and you'll find an extensive list of web resources, academically affiliated sites, community organizations, government agencies related to the subject, reading and research resources, etc.


The University of Minnesota's Restorative Justice Program at the School of Social Work. There are lots of useful links on this site.


The International Institute for Restorative Justice Practices


Mediation and Conflict Resolution Blogs

Everyone's talking about blogs. As you would expect, there's a lot of stuff out there tied to our field.

The National Institute for Advanced Conflict Resolution says, "The advent of blogging as a form of internet communication has begun to revolutionize how information is disseminated on the web. The mediation field has not been immune from this development, and there are a growing number of blogs relating to mediation and dispute resolution that are popping up on the internet."

The Institute offers its top five picks as well as a survey of other ADR/mediation blogs at


Other spots:



Interestingly, Geoff Sharp in an article at www.mediate.com/articles/sharp5.cfm, says, "According to The American Lawyer law blogs have moved up the food chain in the last 12 months to be mainstream." and, "The most compelling, cutting-edge, honest legal writing being produced in this country today is happening on the Internet, and the crop improves daily… it's clear that the real bones and guts and sinew of the national conversation is happening online, and not in print." [read more]

You can also look at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society where a symposium in April, 2006 on Bloggership: How Blogs are Transforming Legal Scholarship was hosted."

Dr Tammy Lenski's Mediator Tech is a blog dedicated to the business of mediation and currently engaged in an online experiment writing a book 'Making Mediation Your Day Job', chapter by chapter via the blog.

Dina Beach Lynch's Mediation Mensch where mediators can build thriving practices together.

Perry Itkin's Florida Mediator blog.

The World Directory of ADR Blogs tracks and catalogs 200+ ADR blogs from 30 countries across the globe. Courtesy of that site, here is a list of blogs that focus on particular areas of ADR:

  • This niche blog is distinguished by scholarly, sophisticated discussion and analysis of issues in reinsurance and commercial litigation and arbitration. Loree Reinsurance and Arbitration Law Forum, by Philip J. Loree, Jr., contributor and editor.
  • Disputing, by Victoria VanBuren, contributor and editor. Disputing focuses its writing on news and discussion on the resolution of commercial disputes through arbitration and mediation.
  • The Ombuds Blog, by Tom Kosakowski. A source for news and job postings for the ombudsperson.
  • ADR Prof Blog, by Andrea Schneider, Michael Moffitt, Sarah Cole, Art Hinshaw, Jill Gross, and Cynthia Alkon. Has a special focus on ADR teaching and scholarship.
  • Mediation Stuff, by John Lassey who has 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer, and 15 as a mediator.
  • Resolving Conflict in Teams, by Guy Harris. Focuses on conflict in the workplace.
  • Business Conflict Blog, by F. Peter Phillips. About the resolution of business disputes.
  • Cross Collaborate, by John Folk-Williams. This blog, devoted to public policy collaboration, discusses methods for shaping and influencing government decisions and policies.

And also courtesy of The World Directory site, here is a list of blogs from other countries:

  • ICT for Peace, by Sanjana Hattotuwo, Sri Lanka.
  • MediAsian, by Ian Macduff, Singapore. This blog discusses mediation and dispute resolution in Asia, including the role that culture plays.
  • Dialogic Mediation, by Arnold Zeman, Canada.

For those of you who are interested in new developments in neuroscience and how they relate to our understanding of behavior in conflict resolution, you might find the blog at
http://www.brainsonpurpose.com interesting.

You'll find interesting and sometimes relevant-to-our-field information at http://www.concurringopinions.com/

Another blog with lots of information can be found at http://mediationchannel.com/

And you'll find links to lots of mediation-related blogs at http://www.mediate.com/blogs

Conflict Resolution-related job, career, and internship sites

Tracking these web sites, you'll be alerted to many of the newly-posted jobs and internships related to the practice of conflict resolution.

ADR Writing ContestsThe James Boskey ADR Writing Competition

1. The James Boskey ADR Writing Competition

  • The essay may address any aspect of dispute resolution practice, theory or research that the contestant chooses. Essays are limited to 15-20 typewritten pages, including footnotes or endnotes.
  • First Prize: $1000 in each of two divisions, Law Student or Master's/Doctoral Student.
  • The first prize winners will also receive an invitation to publish in The Journal of American Arbitration or The World Arbitration and Mediation Report and the essays will be posted online at the Section of Dispute Resolution's website.
  • For submission information, procedures, or an entry form, visit the Penn State Dickinson School of Law website.
  • You can read past winners here.

2. For a listing of law writing contests (some of which will be suitable for ADR subject matter), click here.

3. For extensive listings of legal writing contests, click here.

4. William J. Pierce Writing Contest

  • The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws sponsors the William J. Pierce Writing Contest. This is a student writing competition for the best article, note, or comment that addresses a uniform or model act, or an issue arising from a uniform or model act, promulgated by the Conference.
  • Students studying dispute resolution might want to write about the Uniform Mediation Act or Revised Uniform Arbitration Act.
  • This contest is open to students enrolled in any United States law school or students who have graduated from a U.S. law school within the last year.
  • The winner will receive $500.
  • Application deadline: Dec. 1.
  • For more information, contact NCCUSL at 211 E. Ontario Street, Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60611, (312) 915-0195, or email krobinson@nccusl.org. For a copy of the contest announcement, email colemanl@missouri.edu.

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