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The MSBA's ADR Section Presents


"Nonviolent Peacekeeping - An ADR Model Worth Emulating"

Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is a global leader in the innovative practice of unarmed civilian peacekeeping. NP was founded in 2002 with a mission to promote, develop and implement unarmed civilian peacekeeping as a tool for reducing violence and protecting civilians in situations of violent conflict. One year later, in 2003, NP had its first team on the ground in Sri Lanka.

At the request of local civil society, NP’s trained, professional peacekeepers come to live and work amidst vulnerable populations affected by violence. Visibly neutral and nonpartisan, NP peacekeepers provide direct protection to those most at risk of violence and human rights abuses. They create spaces for people in conflict to communicate, convene, rekindle dialogue, and work toward sustainable solutions. Peacekeepers act both as catalysts and safeguards for violence reduction, and work with communities to build the confidence and ability to deter, de-escalate and prevent violence.

On the global stage, NP advocates for adoption of unarmed, nonmilitary solutions to conflicts that are all too often handled by military means.


Mel Duncan , Nonviolent Peaceforce

Mel Duncan is the founding Executive Director and current Advocacy and Outreach Director of Nonviolent Peaceforce. Mr. Duncan has 40 years of experience organizing and advocating nonviolently for peace, justice, and the environment.  In 1997 he was granted the prestigious Community Leaders Fellowship from the Archibald Bush Foundation which allowed him to spend 1-1/2 years studying the connections between peace, justice and spirituality.

He is a graduate of Macalester College, St. Paul Minnesota. In 2006 he was honored with their Distinguished Citizen award.  He also holds a Masters degree from the New College of California. The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship honored him with their 2010 Peace Seeker award. The Fellowship of Reconciliation USA awarded him their 2007 Pfeffer International Peace Prize on behalf of Nonviolent Peaceforce’s “courageous efforts in conflict regions around the world.” In 2008, The Utne Reader named him as one of “50 Visionaries who are Changing Our World.”

1 hour of Standard CLE credit approved (event code 163093)



Date:   Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Time:   12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:   MSBA Offices
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380 Minneapolis, MN 55402 


Section Members:  Free
MSBA Members (But Not ADR Section Members):  Free
Non-MSBA Members:  $15.00
Law Students:  Free

Teleconferencing is available. Please contact Jennifer Carter for teleconferencing information.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Elyse Farnsworth, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336