Society, Culture and Conflict
We continue to sponsor the National Negotiation Competition for law students, and to support the Mediation Advocacy Competition for international students organised by the ICC. We are also currently exploring the idea of collaborating on a mediation training course for A-level students with assistance from our Training Faculty.
CEDR wants to spread the focus of its provision of public benefit throughout society, expanding from the civil justice arena into further areas of life where conflict can be destructive and expert advice on effective dialogue can assist to build understanding and clarity between individuals and groups. As such targeted up-skilling in social groups such as young people is crucial to have a broader impact in communities.
In order to pervade society with the blossoming of more effective approaches in resolving difficult situations, CEDR aims to work with individuals who are in a position to build bridges in communities and the next generation of potential conflict resolvers, so that they are equipped to manage disputes effectively. CEDR hope the effect will be a future trickle-down of these more pragmatic and effective approaches to conflict through society, guided by the people we are working with now.
Broadening scope of resolution
By examining the effects and inter-relationship between society, culture and conflict, CEDR are building a greater understanding of conflict in a more general sense, not just looking at civil justice. Taking this holistic scope allows the development of practice to a more effective overall level, acknowledging the learning in all forms of dispute and applying it to our knowledge base here at CEDR.
CEDR expects to produce articles for publication, as well as building on our existing bank of research to potentially broaden our horizons and cultivate influence within communities. It would also be possible to develop resources to inform our working practices in society, feeding into the cycle of betterment within CEDR. As mentioned, the longer term objective is to build a higher standard of dispute resolution approaches prevailing all levels of social interaction. Having addressed the top level, The CEDR Foundation gives CEDR the opportunity to develop community skills and develop the understanding of conflict as creative kindling to set off the fire of change in managing that process.