Erik S. Knutsen


It is the aim of this article to propose a novel system of dispute resolution for disputes which turn on interpretations of complex but uncertain scientific evidence. Part II identifies a specific subset of legal disputes that can only be resolved through policy judgments from ambiguous scientific data. Recognizing the underlying commonalities of these science-policy disputes offers an opportunity to craft a single dispute resolution mechanism which may be utilized for a wide variety of disputes. Part III outlines the benefits of using a mediation-based dispute settlement mechanism, as opposed to the traditional adversary-style litigation system, for these specific types of disputes. Part IV proposes a model mediation system for disputes turning on policy-based interpretations of complex scientific information. Part V concludes by applying the model to a fictional products liability dispute which involves conflicting scientific determinations from technically complex data.



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