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Peacemaking


"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.
—Lela P. Love, Professor of Law, Director of the Kukin Program for Conflict, Resolution, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

"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."
—Janine Geske, Distinguished Professor of Law,t Marquette University Law School; Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice (1993-1998); Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge (1981-1993)

"A lawyer friend tells me about the malaise affecting many in his field—a 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 lawyer’s 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 lawyer’s task and self-image."
—Howard Zehr, in the Foreword

"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."
—John Paul Lederach, Professor of Peacebuilding, Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame; Distinguished Scholar, Eastern Mennonite University

"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 conflict management."
—Max Factor III, Lawyer and Mediator


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04/15/03