Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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172 pages
6 x 9 inches
November 2019
Print ISBN: 9781773381480


Lawyers, Crown counsels, district attorneys, and paralegals are often tasked with managing negotiation and conflict resolution in the courtroom; however, very little theory or literature surrounding this specialization exists. This handbook effectively closes these gaps and extensively discusses theories of negotiation and conflict resolution in criminal practice. Part one discusses communicating effectively and appropriately with clients, court staff, and opposing counsel by identifying and establishing cultural competence, rapport, and nonverbal cues. Part two identifies alternative processes in negotiation and conflict resolution including victim-offender mediation and retroactive justice, while part three covers career development in areas such as managing challenging clients and developing strategies for dealing with high-stress scenarios.

This ground-breaking resource is well suited to students in a wide variety of courses that specialize in negotiation and conflict resolution including criminal justice, law, paralegal, police studies, or criminology.


  • includes learning objectives, chapter overviews, case studies, ethical dilemmas, and suggestions for further reading

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Context – Conflict Resolution and Negotiation in Criminal Law

Part I: Conflict Resolution and Negotiation in Traditional Criminal Law Processes

Chapter 1 - Negotiation: Principles, Theory and Approach

Chapter 2 - Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice, Ethics, Strategies and Tactics in Criminal Law Negotiations

Chapter 3 – Negotiating Across Differences: Roles, Social Context, Culture and Process

Part II: Alternatives Approaches in Canadian Criminal Law

Chapter 4 - Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Diversion in Criminal Law

Chapter 5 - Restorative Justice: Theory, Practice, Standards, Guidance

Part III: Conflict Resolution and Career Development

Chapter 6 - Surviving and Thriving – Well-Being, Competence, Difficult People and Discrimination

Appendix – FLSC Model Code Excerpt on Lawyer ‘Competence’

Author Biographies


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