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Conflict Resolution Institute

Center for Conflict Engagement

The Center for Conflict Engagement

Projects & Partnerships

The Center for Conflict Engagement has been involved in establishing various community mediation projects within the international and local context. These projects research the existing mediation and conflict resolution practices and has helped introduce and develop new programs to address various conflict resolution needs based on the specific context of the project. 

CRI Projects & Partnerships

Partnership to Establish the Georgia Mediation Clinic 2006 - 2010

The Republic of Georgia, transitioning from communist rule to free-market democracy, recently introduced a program of political reforms, including changes in the judicial and legal system that highlight the need for improved conflict management between disputing parties. In this project, Tbilisi State University and the University of Denver are combining their conflict resolution expertise to create a training center and curricular model to support mediation practitioners in the South Caucasus region, and to develop a local mediation clinic. The clinic will provide free, confidential services for the university and the community, offering reforming business, educational, and legal sectors a viable, respected institution for non-violent resolution of disputes.

Capacity Building in Mediation in Trinidad and Tobago 2004 – 2008 

Trinidad and Tobago, a plural society with divergent social, ethnic and cultural groups, seeks to develop alternative systems of justice and form of civil disputes through capacity building in mediation and related conflict resolution frameworks. This project is designed to enhance conflict analysis and resolution training programs at The University of West Indies, St. Augustine campus in Port-of-Spain, by working with the Trinidad faculty in developing their mediation curriculum to create a master's degree, establishing a Conflict Resolution Center on the campus, and providing students and faculty at UWI and the University of Denver with greater international perspectives in understanding conflict and conflict resolution dynamics.

Evaluating Colorado Community Mediation Impact 2003

Since the 1960's, local communities have set up neighborhood justice centers, community mediation centers, and restorative justice programs to provide constructive, non-adversarial processes more accessible to local community members. Community mediation centers in Colorado felt it was important to determine how effective they are and what impacts other impacts they have in the communities in which they operate. In 2003, the Colorado Community Mediation Coalition approached CRI faculty member Tamra Pearson d'Estree to explore possibilities for a joint effort. The result was the birth of the Community Mediation Evaluation Project. The project brought together CMPs to share what they currently did in evaluation and learn from each other what was needed to make their case for impact. The project also resulted in the initial drafting of the components of a common evaluation framework.