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Beyond Confrontation : International Law for the Post-Cold War Era

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The aim of this chapter is to provide some background on the current state of the domestic dispute-resolution field, as a basis for examining the possible connections between that field and the field of global conflict resolution. Therefore, the presentation here is an introductory survey, not an in-depth examination. It includes: (1) a description of the range of dispute-resolution processes currently in use in the domestic arena; (2) a short (modern) history of the dispute-resolution field in the United States, incorporating a survey of the current uses of particular processes in different substantive contexts; (3) a summary of the critical issues presently facing the dispute-resolution field; and (4) some reflections, based on the above, on similarities and differences between the domestic and global fields.


This chapter is from Beyond Confrontation : International Law for the Post-Cold War Era edited by Lori Fisler Damrosch, Gennady M. Danilenko, and Rein Müllerson.

Joint research project of the American Society of International Law (Washington, D.C.) and the Institute of State and Law (Moscow, Russia)."