query: alternative dispute resolution

colist-admin at comm-org.utoledo.edu colist-admin at comm-org.utoledo.edu
Sun Apr 29 16:01:43 CDT 2001

[ed:  thanks to James for the kind thoughts.  Also, the Australian "citizen 
juries" roughly translates into alternative dispute resolution in the 
United States.  Please copy COMM-ORG with your responses.]

From: James Whelan <James.Whelan at mailbox.gu.edu.au>

Hi Comm-Org'ers

I've just spent a fantastic two hours surfing the Comm-Org site and
linked sites. What a blast! Advocacy informed by theory is so

My research group is looking at models of community participation in
decision-making. Our primary focus is environmental
issues/management, but we're looking further afield.

The flavour of the month in some state government agencies is citizen
juries - at least two agencies are planning to establish and trial
citizen juries to address specific environmental issues and disputes.

I would like to hear of others' experiences with citizen juries. The
story here is that "they have been effective in the States". Can
anone testify to this? (or contradict)? Can anyone point me toward
good reading on the topic?


James Whelan
Associate Lecturer
Faculty of Environmental Science
Griffith University
Nathan, Queensland 4111
ph +61 7 3875 7457
fax +61 7 3875 7459
James.Whelan at mailbox.gu.edu.au

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