Moving Negotiation Theory from the Tower of Babel Toward a World of Mutual Understanding

Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution Symposium

October 7, 2016, 9 am to noon
Hulston Hall


Modern negotiation theory is overwhelming.  There is a wide range of concepts, issues, perspectives, and applications from different disciplines with little consensus in the field.  Speakers will analyze this and other problems with negotiation theory and suggest possible solutions.

The goal is to help clarify negotiation theory and thus make it more useful for scholars, faculty, students, and practitioners as well as people in their everyday negotiations. The symposium should be of interest to people just learning about negotiation for the first time as well as those seeking to deepen their knowledge of the field.

The speakers are dynamic dispute resolution scholars from a wide range of disciplines.

The symposium will be unusual in that speakers will not present prepared papers but will have a conversation discussing key issues with each other and the audience.  This will help the speakers develop ideas for the articles that they will write for the Journal of Dispute Resolution.  This process led to the publication of the four outstanding Rethinking Negotiation Teaching books.  Many of the speakers are veterans of that process.

The speakers collaboratively developed this annotated reading list to provide a common base of knowledge.  They may refer to these publications during the symposium and the audience would benefit by reading some of them in advance.  The list includes classics in the field, boundary-stretching ideas, and  a wide assortment of perspectives.

This symposium will be live-streamed on the internet and the videos will be posted on YouTube.  Coupled with the reading list, the videos could be the basis of a mini-course available throughout the world with an outstanding, multi-disciplinary faculty.

There will be a student essay competition in connection with this symposium with $750 in prizes.

This symposium is sponsored by the University of Missouri School of Law and the Journal of Dispute Resolution, the flagship journal of the University of Missouri’s Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution.  It was planned with help from Noam Ebner, Rafael Gely, Chris Honeyman, John Lande, and Andrea Schneider.

Continuing Legal Education Credit

This symposium is approved for 3.0 hours of mandatory continuing legal education credit in the state of Missouri.

Cost and Registration

The symposium is free and open to the public.  Registration is not required.

For More Information

Contact John Lande,