"Douglas Noll has written a
remarkably ambitious book. From sources as diverse as
creation myths, philosophy, neuropsychology, game theory,
and religion, he examines conflict behaviors and theories
and develops a framework for peacemaking activities.
Whether you are a peace-seeker, a peacemaker or a lawyer
looking for respite from the adversarial system, this
book will broaden your perspective in important ways.
"I highly recommend Peacemaking
to any lawyer or law student who seeks to better
understand human conflict. Doug Noll provides his readers
with a scholarly and comprehensive discussion of
peacemaking as an integral process of practicing law in
the twenty-first century. The book provides both an
excellent historical perspective as well as current
theories on dispute resolution techniques."
"A lawyer friend tells me about the malaise affecting many in his fielda spiritual crisis, he calls it. The daughter of a friend graduates from a prestigious law school with high marks, practices for several years, then decides that law is not for her. A note from a judge says he is finding his work meaningless. A zealous death penalty attorney says he feels isolated from the rest of humanity. Then there are all the nasty lawyer jokes we all hear. What is going on?
"As a practicing attorney, Douglas
Noll knows what is wrong and, in this book, has part of
the answer. The problem is in how we have come to
conceive law, justice, and especially the lawyers
task. The solution requires us to understand not only how
the legal system works but also how people work. Above
all, the answer lies in a reconception of the
lawyers task and self-image."
"Oriented toward lawyers, this
book never limits itself to the legal profession. Noll in
succinct clear synthesis covers everything in the fields
of mediation and conflict resolution from philosophy to
technique, from game theory to justice. Most useful and
provocative are the ten principles of peacemaking he
extols lawyers to take seriously which could transform
not only the legal structures and approaches, but our
social, political and economic systems as well. What a
marvel it would be if lawyers, judges, law schools and
courts put these into motion. A great introductory text
that covers a lot of ground with practical ideas."
"Peacemaking is a well-thought-out treatise. It answers all of the key questions: Why does mediation work? When does mediation work best? and What does one have to do as a participant in the mediation process to facilitate its success?
"The book does much more than
answer these critical questions. It provides a thoughtful
understanding and an intellectual framework for assisting
people in managing conflicts, where appropriate, and
resolving conflicts, when possible. Douglas Noll is to be
highly praised for his consistent intellectual insights
and his comprehensive treatment of the subject of
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