May/June 2023

IACP nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Member Gregory Solum writes: “A unique and effective conflict resolution model has been nominated for the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize. From its humble beginnings in Minnesota, the International Association of Collaborative Professionals has expanded worldwide. It offers divorcing families an alternative to divisive family court litigation.  

“The idea was conceived by Stu Webb, a Minneapolis family law attorney, in 1990. Since most marriage dissolutions ultimately settle, his inspiration was to have both parties and their attorneys sign initial participation agreements to resolve their differences without court involvement. The process is facilitated by collaboratively trained professionals. Depending upon the complexity of the matter, this could include psychologists, financial neutrals, and child specialists. Even in difficult cases, this goal-oriented focus often results in creative settlements crafted by the parties themselves.  

“Stu Webb and the early collaborative law pathfinders in Minnesota can take a great deal of satisfaction from its tremendous growth over the past three decades. The International Association of Collaborative Professionals, formed in 2001 following its expansion into Canada, Europe, and Australia, now boasts over 5,000 members in 24 countries.” 

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