Dispute Prevention Library of Resources

This Library of Resources is designed to help those interested in dispute prevention put it into practice. Included in the Library are training decks, videos and programs on dispute prevention, Best Practice Guidance, and guidance on particular dispute prevention mechanisms for implementation. Finally, the Library includes instructive literature and articles on Dispute Prevention. In addition to the Library, CPR also has a Dispute Prevention Committee, available for any CPR Institute member to join. CPR Dispute Resolution also has a Dispute Prevention Panel to assist parties as third-party dispute prevention neutrals.

Dispute Prevention Pledge

Dispute Prevention Pledge for Business Relationships Presentation Deck

Case Studies

Case Study - Power Companies

Case Study - Cement

Case Study - Two Rival Chemical Companies

Case Study - River City Starlight Hotel

Case Study - Oil and Gas Exploration

Training Tools

MAMG Presentation on Dispute Prevention This was prepared by the Brazilian law firm, MAMG, as a high level presentation to clients explaining dispute prevention what it is, the culture shift helpful for a dispute prevention environment, and practical steps that can be taken to implement change and prevention internally.

Implementation Mechanisms
  1. Internal Mechanisms
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  2. Joint Best Practices
    1. Joint Best Practices Outline for Dispute Prevention A task force of CPR members convened to outline ideas on how parties to business arrangements might best work together to avoid disputes and better enhance the value of their business arrangements.
    2. Alliance/Relationship Management This program has been used by Bayer, a Dispute        Prevention Pledge signatory, effectively to mitigate collaboration issues and meaningfully  increase the probably of success for their collaborations.
      1. Alliance/Relationship Case Study

       3. Proposed Contractual Clauses 

CPR Dispute Prevention and Resolution Model Provisions

       4. Third Party Facilitation

          1. "Unpacking the Standing Neutral: A Cost Effective and Common-Sense Approach for                      Preventing Conflict", This report from the Haslam College of Business at the University of                     Tennessee takes a comprehensive look at the dispute management spectrum with a                               particular focus on the use of standing neutrals as a dispute prevention mechanism. The                         study authored by Kate Vitasek, James Groton, and Daniel Bumblauskas makes the case for                 using standing neutrals to prevent, de-escalate and resolve disputes more cost-effectively,                     and provides examples of how they have been used.
                  1. Why do IT Projects Fail: And How to Keep Them Going with Standing Neutrals and                          Dispute Review Boards - Slides from the 2022 Annual Meeting 

 5. Other Dispute Prevention Mechanisms

Dispute Prevention & Management Board Rules (2023)

See below for video of CPR Regional Meeting in May 2024 - "Using Dispute Boards Across Industries"

Dispute Prevention Literature

CPR MASTER GUIDES on Conflict Prevention and Resolution: Avoiding and Resolving Information Technology Disputes, by CPR Committee on Information Technology Conflict Management, 2005

Jim Groton Website: Proactive Prevention, Control, De-escalation and Real Time Resolution of Disputes, The purpose of this website is to inform the business world about the use of pre-dispute and pre-escalation processes in business dealings, not only to prevent disputes but because they strengthen relationships.

Podcast Episodes

To The Extent That... and "Avoiding the Dispute Before It Begins" is available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. It can also be accessed via the ABA Business Law Section's "Business Law Today" website: businesslawtoday.org/podcasts/

Episode 1, "An Introduction to Dispute Prevention for Business Relationships"

Episode 2, "Application of Dispute Prevention – Construction Projects"

Episode 3: "Application of Dispute Prevention – Supply Chain Management"

Episode 4: "Application of Dispute Prevention – The View from the C-Suite"

Episode 5: "Dispute Prevention - Dispute Management Boards"

Episode 6: "Training Dispute Prevention Professionals"

Video Content 

CPR Atlanta Regional Meeting: Using Dispute Boards Across Industries (May 8, 2024)

New York Law School’s James H. Henry Speaker Series: "No Need to Resolve if You Can Prevent: Tools for Preserving Business Relationships and Avoiding Disputes" (Mar 4, 2021)




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CPR Institute Members that are logged in will be able to view this content when they click the button above: 

- CPR Institute's Dispute Prevention Committee presents: "Prevention: The Time Is Now" (Jun 4, 2020)*
- CPR's 2021 Annual Meeting: Prevent! Resolution Without Dispute

Effective July 1, 2022, all references in Rules, Procedures, Protocols, Model Procedural Orders, Model Clauses and Guidelines to The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, Inc. or CPR shall be deemed a reference to CPR Dispute Resolution Services LLC.

The information and resources on this website should not be construed as legal advice or opinion, or as a substitute for the advice of counsel.