The 11th issue of the Conflict Studies Quarterly deals with issues like conflict and development, conflict resolution, mediation, ADR and ODR.
The first paper offers an interesting perspective on the displaced people of Kaptai Dam, Bangladesh and shows that involuntary displacement not only leads to certain impoverishment risks and social exclusion, but also, it leads to loss of citizenship, statelessness and arms conflicts.
Querying a sample of citizens from Iraq and the United States, the second paper measures respondents’ receptiveness to conflict resolution in the context of the United States and Iraq relations. The theoretical approach and survey findings challenge contemporary conflict resolution comparative discourse between Arab/Muslim and Western approaches, demonstrating that there is a quantifiable degree of convergence that would enable a process to be pursued.
The third paper presents the preliminary results of the first professional survey done in Romania, developed by the Romanian Institute for Evaluation and Strategy (IRES), regarding the perceptions and expectations of the Romanian mediators. It provides also an analysis of the electoral behavior of the Romanian mediators in comparison with the results of the electoral process for the Romanian Mediation Council.
In our days, sport is a big business with huge sums of money involved. With various types of emotions and huge budgets involved, conflict is a daily reality of sports organizations. The forth article started from the idea that arbitration – the most used procedure in dealing with sport disputes – doesn’t represent a viable solution any more, and that mediation could succeed where arbitration fails.
The National Authority for Consumer Protection of Romania has recently completed the public consultation on the draft law on alternative dispute resolution between consumers and professionals. The law is intended to transpose the Directive 2013/11/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 May 2013 on alternative dispute resolution for consumer disputes (Directive on consumer ADR) into the national legal system. The Romanian authorities seem to prefer a centralized approach, completely excluding from the process the private ADR entities that already exist. The purpose of the last paper is to present some important aspects of the future law, with an emphasis on the main challenges that mediators and businesses will face in the near future if the law is to be adopted as such by the Romanian Parliament.
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