Public Dispute Resolution Agencies and Workplace Conflict in Anglo-American Countries

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Colleagues from Cornell University, University College Dublin (UCD) and Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) (Ariel Avgar, Alex Colvin, Harry Katz, Bill Roche, Paul Teague and Denise Currie) are holding a conference in June 2022 (rescheduled due to COVID restrictions) on the organizational reconstruction of public dispute resolution agencies involved in the resolution of workplace conflict in Anglo-American countries. The focus is on Anglo-American-countries as their (broad) common legacy of state involvement in conflict resolution provides a coherence to the conference that might otherwise be missing. The countries covered will be Ireland, the United States, The UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

We consider this conference to be timely as public conflict resolution agencies in Anglo-American countries have been seeking to reconstruct and even reinvent themselves in response to the changing nature of conflict in workplaces. So far little systematic comparative analysis has been completed on the nature of these changes. The conference seeks to address this shortcoming by inviting acknowledged country experts to write and deliver a paper that assesses the reforms/changes introduced to their respective state conflict resolution body since the 1990s. The intention is for revised papers to be published in book form by a leading academic press and/or in a special issue of a major journal. Key practitioners involved in conflict resolution agencies in the six countries will be invited to the conference and asked to provide their insights and feedback to the draft papers presented at the conference. This will help ensure that the papers ultimately are not only accurate in their accounts of real-world but also provide policy relevant recommendations to the policy communities in the six countries.
Event typeConference
LocationNew York, United States, New York
Degree of RecognitionInternational