Despite committing to a field which scrutinises, develops and enhances the resolution of disputes, our ADR community seems to attract more than its own fair share of conflict.
The best thing about the meeting of the ADR Network in Brisbane last week was the wonderful spirit of collaboration. What a pleasure to see outstanding ADR academics and professionals from around the country working together harmoniously to share ideas and critique each other’s ideas constructively. It was a big lesson about what we can accomplish when we model the behaviour we encourage in our writing. As a result, the publication we are planning has a theme – Challenging Professional Identities in Dispute Resolution – and a cohesion not possible without this kind of engagement.