Summer Quiz: The Psychology of International Arbitration - participate before September 30
22 July 2009
Prof Dr habil. Dieter Flader, professor of psychoanalysis at the Free University of Berlin, and Sophie Nappert, arbitrator, have been working on project called "The Psychology of International Arbitration". The project involves the creation of a book chapter, and seminar, on how psychological insight assists the international arbitration process on both sides of the 'bench'.
In the wider context, recognition of the implications of the cognitive element of professional activity, notably in economics and high-level negotiation, is a growing field of practical interest and academic study. This project focuses on the human aspect of the decision-making process and probes areas such as persuasiveness, the brain's approach to and handling of complex facts and concepts, cultural bias, emotion, and collegial vs isolated decision-making.
This is uncharted territory in many respects, not least of which the fact that there is no representative empirical data regarding arbitrators.
A questionnaire has been prepared, designed to take very little time to fill out, but of course longer replies are most welcome. If you have ever acted, or are acting, as an arbitrator, your views are very welcome. The 'Questionnaire for Arbitrators' can be downloaded from the TDM website here:
The questionnaire is not an objective "instrument" designed to get access to the professional knowledge of arbitrators. Rather it is conceived as groundwork for a pioneer study and research for the book chapter and seminar. Prof Flader has prepared a short paper setting out the scientific frame of our research, available upon request.
Instructions on how to return the questionaire and further contact details are in the word document above. Questionnaires should be returned by 30 September 2009 at the latest.
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