Take a “real life” negotiation or dispute resolution experience from your own life or
from the outside world (that you read about in the news, for example). It might have
occurred in the past, or it might be ongoing. Apply the principles, concepts, and theories
discussed in the course materials as you explain how the issue(s) involved might be
most reasonably, efficiently, and fairly resolved. Examples from past papers:
▪ Following is a description of a dispute whose ‘resolution’ was a complete
disaster; I will set forth in this paper how one might approach the same
matter using the ADR tools and theories from this course.
▪ I currently work (or have worked in the past) at an organization where I observed
a particular issue being negotiated. In this paper, I will discuss how that
negotiation could have been addressed differently, and perhaps more
effectively, based on what I have learned in this course.
▪ After presenting a brief description of a dispute or difficult situation, I will
discuss—given the three options of mediation, negotiation, and arbitration—
why I would choose ______ as the most appropriate vehicle for resolution, and
why the other two vehicles might not work as well in this particular situation.

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