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Scheinman Institute

The Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at Cornell University promotes interdisciplinary education, research and training in dispute resolution for students, academics, neutrals and practitioners. The Institute builds on the Cornell ILR School’s proud tradition of instruction in the practical use of conflict resolution skills in the workplace and beyond.

Scheinman Institute Conflict Resolution Club
The issues surrounding conflict in the workplace are the center of our public discourse and public policy.
It takes a certain set of skills and expertise to navigate this changing landscape.

"With my wife, Laurie, we endowed the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution to provide students, professionals and others interested in dispute resolution with the tools they need to help create a better society. Today, Scheinman Institute faculty and alumni stand at the forefront in resolving the most complicated and significant work-related issues."

-Marty Scheinman, Founder
Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution

Watch how the Scheinman Institute addresses the critical conflict resolution challenges of our time through its research, teaching, training and outreach.


Director's Update

Harry C. Katz is the Director of the Scheinman Institute and the Jack Sheinkman Professor of Collective Bargaining. He provides an update on recent happenings at the Institute during the month of October.

Innovation in Labor Management Dialogue: In the Epicenter of the Pandemic

Director of Healthcare Labor Relations John August discusses advancements in union organizing for physicians.
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How Do We Resolve Labor Disputes Under Global Supply Chain Agreements?

Richard Fincher, of the Scheinman Institute Advisory Board, discusses alternative dispute resolution methods used in Myanmar.

Professional Training

Advanced Internal Investigations Process

Learn and practice the complete step-by-step internal investigation process. Receive extensive content related to conducting interviews, investigation techniques, determining credibility, managing bias, reaching conclusions, and implementing outcomes. Apply a case study to the internal investigations process and interact with expert investigators to learn best practices and acquire new skills.

Dates for online sessions will be posted as soon as they are available.

Learn more about Advanced Internal Investigations Process

Learn more about Advanced Internal Investigations Process

Becoming a Mediator: The Business Plan

This program helps emerging or established neutrals to build a business plan to successfully launch or enhance an ADR neutral career. Explore the nature of self-employment and how to broaden practice areas and increase market potential.


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    Nov 4 - Dec 17, 2020
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Register for Becoming a Mediator: The Business Plan

Register for Becoming a Mediator: The Business Plan

Cross-Cultural Issues in Conflict

Examine the roles culture and diversity play in conflict and conflict resolution. Participants will learn to understand how differences are perceived in conflict exchanges. Activities focus on cross-cultural communication techniques to enhance conflict resolution. Dispute resolution methods, perception process and attribution theory are key discussion points.


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    Feb 2 - 4, 2021
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Register for Cross-Cultural Issues in Conflict

Register for Cross-Cultural Issues in Conflict


Conducting Investigations while Social Distancing

Scheinman Institute experts outline practical considerations for conducting investigations while social distancing.
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The Expansion and Implications of Various Forms of Collective Representation in the United States

Director Harry Katz's farewell address as President of the Labor Employment Relations Association.
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The Growing Use of Mandatory Arbitration

Dean Alexander Colvin's study of how workers are increasingly being required to sign mandatory arbitration agreements.
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Campus Mediation Practicum Revamped Virtually

Campus Mediation Practicum goes online revamping both courses and student mediations.
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Diversity and Inclusion Workshops in High Demand

To meet the needs of of a changing societal and workplace landscape, the Institute's diversity and inclusion workshops are extremely popular.
Diversity Workshop

Scheinman Institute Goes Virtual to Meet Student Needs

Scheinman's move to virtual instruction supports public safety and social distancing while developing flexible and interactive long distance learning to meet the needs of students world wide.
A young student participates in a class remotely