What We Do
AACR is dedicated to supporting and improving the field of alternative dispute resolution. Among its purposes are:
Our primary activities include:
- To increase public understanding and acceptance of appropriate dispute resolution and collaborative decision making processes and of the roles of dispute resolvers and facilitators of collaborative decision making processes, with full attention to the range of cultural values which may influence these processes;
- To advance the educational and professional interests of all persons engaged in the resolution of disputes and collaborative decisions making processes;
- To enhance the professional skills of mediators, facilitators, conciliators, fact finders, arbitrators, hearing officers, trial examiners, ombuds and other dispute resolvers and facilitators of collaborative decision making processes;
- To improve the structure and institutions through which dispute resolution and collaborative decision making services are provided;
- To promote the professionalism of dispute resolvers and facilitators of collaborative decision making processes at the local, regional, national and international levels, whether paid or volunteer;
- To sponsor research leading to the development of innovative impasse resolution and collaborative decision making techniques and procedures; and
- To serve as a clearinghouse of information for research data in the fields of dispute resolution and collaborative decision making.
AACR Conferences gather conflict resolution practitioners, students and interested parties from all corners of the globe to network, learn new skills, discuss cutting-edge issues and keep abreast of what is happening in the expanding field of conflict resolution.
Professional Interest Sections
AACR's Sections serve as AACR’s programmatic core. Sections allow members to join with colleagues with similar interests as well as share information via websites, newsletters, teleconferences and meetings. Members of AACR Sections enjoy a wide array of programs, as well as opportunities for volunteer leadership within AACR.
Committees and Initiatives
AACR also hosts a wide variety of committees, task forces, work groups, and initiatives that are essential to the field of alternative dispute resolution. Current membership can add value to the Outreach Committee, Programs Committee, Diversity Committee, Youth Committee, and Membership Committee.
Education and Training
Conferences and Events
Publications, Articles and Newsletter Exchange
Model Standards of Practice: