Janet Martinez, the former Director of Stanford Law School’s Gould Negotiation and Mediation Program, will deliver the 2024 Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution on March 20, 2024 at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.  Titled “System Design for Contemporary Justice”, the lecture will begin at 12:10 ET and conclude at or before 1:20.  We’d love to see you online. Or, if you are in Columbus, we’d be delighted to host you in-person for this hybrid event!

Register here to join us on zoom: https://go.osu.edu/schwartz2024.

A short description of the lecture follows:

How might reparations for Black American residents of San Francisco inform the development of Blue Foods in Indonesia? How can practicing and prospective lawyers advance system design? Two current examples confront complex forms of injustice: reparations for Black Americans, and development of Blue Foods.  The State of California, and the City & County of San Francisco, have each formed a task force to identify and quantify harms experienced in the last century by its Black Americans. City residents and officials have proposed cash awards and developed hundreds of concrete public policy recommendations to remediate those harms. In a contrasting circumstance, Blue Foods (e.g., seaweed and shrimp) are the focus of Indonesia’s assessment to address conflicting policies of nutrition, food security, economic development, livelihoods, and marine biology. Both of these systems face deep and far-reaching conflict in the public, private, individual, NGO and institutional arenas. My aim is to discuss how system design can contribute to conflict prevention, management and resolution. Contemporaneously to these sample challenges, we are seeing extraordinary advances of technology, its risks, benefits and policy implications as a tool for resolving conflict.

Thirty years ago, Ury, Brett & Goldberg developed the foundation for dispute system design.  Professor Martinez has shifted her dispute systems design work upstream through an analytic framework and a series of design cases (or often more accurately, redesign).  Her talk – focused on Reparations and Blue Foods – will take stock of the field of dispute systems design and the role of technology and online dispute resolution.

The Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution was established in 1992 as a result of the generosity of the late Stanley Schwartz Jr. (a 1947 Moritz College of Law graduate) and the Schwartz family. Each lecture is published in the interdisciplinary Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, in keeping with Mr. Schwartz’s interest in the promotion of scholarly publication in the area of dispute resolution.