Cornell University's ILR School and the Cornell Law School have launched a joint initiative called "The Program on Conflict Resolution." This program will feature a wide range of activities, including innovative research, education and training, all aimed at raising the standards of arbitration, mediation and other methods of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).
The new initiative represents an expansion of the ground-breaking work currently underway and leverages the strong knowledge base of both the Law School and ILR. Additionally, its outreach component further supports Cornell's land grant mission, which charges the university with sharing its intellectual and physical resources in relevant ways throughout the state and nation.
In addition to its current research projects, the Cornell program will offer its Certificate Program in ADR, the nation's most comprehensive program for the study of mediation, arbitration, conflict systems design and other related topics. In fall 2007, a counterpart certificate program will be offered in commercial and international ADR.