Lawyers and Online Negotiation

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In the next decade, lawyers' roles will change dramatically because of
the expansion of online dispute resolution (ODR). As technology increasingly
pervades professional life, demand for efficient negotiation tools and software-supported dispute resolution processes can also be expected to grow.
The authors discuss how lawyers’ practice is changing as a result of the advent
of high technology specific to their field, and outline both the uses and risks for lawyers that are associated with a whole series of specific platforms and programs that are increasingly being used to transact or settle cases online and offline, including in courts. Finding the technologies to be constantly evolving and disruptive of existing practice, the authors nevertheless conclude that lawyers have little option but to learn, use and advise their clients about these platforms. They point out that some of the new technologies promise to obviate a great deal of unrewarding work, to speed up possible resolution and, if designed appropriately, to enhance fairness and access to justice, reinforcing the negotiation field’s strong interest in “process pluralism”.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Negotiator's Desk Reference
EditorsChristopher Honeyman, Andrea Kupfer Schneider
Place of PublicationSaint Paul, Minnesota
PublisherDRI Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780982794647, 0982794649
StatePublished - 2017


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