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Call for Papers and Panels — The Ombuds: Foundations, Best Practices, and Development

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December 12th, 2023 – January 12th, 2024

The Annual Symposium of the Centre for Informal Dispute Resolution (CIDR) at Saint Paul University — The Ombuds: Foundations, Best Practices, and Development — will be held on May 6th and 7th, 2024, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and simultaneously online. The 2024 symposium is organised in collaboration with the Office of the Ombudsperson at the University of Ottawa. This international event will bring together practitioners and researchers in conflict resolution and the ombuds field from many global regions to discuss the evolution of ombuds practice.

We invite panel and paper proposals in English or French on ombuds practice and related topics in Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR). Our goal is to foster collaboration between researchers and practitioners, and to disseminate knowledge on the ombuds role and the value of ADR. Proposals from experienced professionals, new ombuds, other ADR professionals, and university students aspiring to pursue careers in practice are encouraged.

Papers and panels delving into the diverse perspectives on ombuds practice, particularly those connected to the themes below, are of particular interest to the conference committee. We also welcome proposals on other ADR topics.

Proposals for panels and papers (in English or French) should be sent to Professor Brent Epperson at bepperso@ustpaul.ca and Professor Jean-François Rioux at jfrioux@ustpaul.ca

Proposals must be submitted by January 12th, 2024 at 11:59 PM EST to be considered by the Symposium Review Committee. Presenters will be notified of the committee’s decisions by January 19th, 2024.

For more information, please refer to this Call for Papers document.

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