MSU College of Law

Lauren Prew

Adjunct Professor
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

  • Dispute Resolution and Technology
    (Formerly known as Online Dispute Resolution)This course introduces students to the evolving field of online dispute resolution (ODR). Students will examine how technology can facilitate dispute resolution. Specific topics will include:-The history and evolution of ODR -The nature of online practices, interactions, and disputes -Implications for dispute resolution across cultural and political boundaries -ODR systems and applications -The future of information technology in conflict avoidance and conflict management in online contexts. -Analysis of online communications as compared to communications that are F2F (face to face) -Throughout the course students will consider ethical and other professional and practical implications of ODR for parties, counsel, neutrals, and other participants. There are no particular prerequisites for this course, and no prior knowledge or experience in technology or alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is assumed. Note that the course is not intended to serve as a substitute for a foundational ADR course. This is a hands-on, experiential, skills building course. Students will analyze various online dispute resolution platforms and resolve simulated disputes using such technologies. Online content will be in the form of readings, audio lectures, powerpoints, threaded discussions, and participation in simulations or other ODR exercises.