Multiparty Conflict Resolution in Energy and the Environment

Class Unique: 28335
Energy development, natural resource use and environmental cases often involve complex legal,technical and policy-related issues, affecting multiple parties. Resolution of conflicts may require coordination of multiple governmental authorities. Using judicial and quasi-judicial mechanisms to resolve conflicts in these situations can be slow, costly, and result in only a partial resolution of the matter. Through alternative, negotiation-based methods of conflict resolution, parties may develop durable agreements that enable a project to proceed or a natural resource to be appropriately used or restored. This course explores the unique nature of multi-party conflicts, develops negotiation and process skills, and examines how lawyers can best assist clients in such complex matters. Students will analyze and use case studies involving environmental, natural resource, or energy development issues both to gain a better understanding of the nature of these conflicts and the mechanisms for moving parties toward functional solutions. This course is included in the curriculum for the Center for Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law. It is open to law students, LLM students, and graduate students from other disciplines. Any of the following Law School courses would be helpful, but none are required as a prerequisite for this course: ADR survey course, negotiation course or mediation course. The class will meet one time outside of the normal class period in order to conduct a more extensive negotiation. A date will be determined during the first one or two class periods to allow students to adequately plan.

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Thursday 3:45 - 6:15 pm TNH 3.126
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Allowed
Satisfies ABA Professional Skills Requirement


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Schwartz, Suzanne Schwartz, Suzanne
Menicucci, Margaret M Menicucci, Margaret M