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Designing Dispute Resolution Machinery in the Employment Context
CISCDR Distinguished Visitor Lecture presented by CISCDR (Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict and Dispute Resolution)
FEB 25, 2009
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Moot Courtroom

We are familiar with the role of mediation and arbitration in resolving workplace disputes in the unionized sector, but that represents only 10 percent of the workforce. Are there, or should there be comparable protections for the remaining 100,000,000 workers?

This issue is not unique to the United States. Governments and private employers around the world have experimented with a variety of employment dispute resolution procedures, some with more success than others. Prof. Zack will look at what has been created, in places as diverse as South Africa, Cambodia and China, and discuss concepts to be considered when developing such procedures.
Speaker Information
Arnold M. ZackArnold M. Zack
Arbitrator and Senior Research Associate
Labor and Worklife Program; Harvard Law School

Arnold M. Zack is Vice President of the Administrative Tribunal of the Asian Development Bank, a mediator and arbitrator of labor management disputes, and teaches at the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School. He is the Co-Chair of the Due Process Task Force, which produced the Due Process Protocol as well as chair of the Alliance for education in Dispute Resolution. Former President of the National Academy of Arbitrators, he holds degrees from Tufts College (B.A. 1953), Yale Law School (LL.B. 1956), and Harvard School of Government (M.P.A. 1961), and has taught Dispute Resolution at Yale Law School. He has served on four Presidential Emergency Boards including two on which he served as Chair and is the author or co-author of twelve books on dispute resolution and international labor issues. Serving as Chair of the Steering Committee of the Permanent Court of Arbitration on labor standards issues, he has also served as a consultant to the International Labor Organization, the International Monetary Fund and the governments of Australia, Bermuda, Cambodia, Greece, Israel, Italy and South Africa. Among his awards is the Distinguished Serve Award for Labor Management Arbitration, the Pioneer Award and the Willoughby Abner Award of the Association on Conflict Resolution, the Whitney North Seymour Medal of the American Arbitration Association and the Cushing Gavin Award of the Archdiocese of Boston. He has been a Wertheim Fellow and Fulbright Scholar, is a member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and serves on the Visiting Committee on Human Resources of the Overseers of Harvard University.
Additional Information
Open to the public at no cost. There will be one free hour of CLE credit available to lawyers who attend.

Supplemental Readings:
· Zack Bibliography
· Workplace Fairness: Hong Kong
· Mediation in Workplace Disputes: China

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