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CIDR is an organization with a practical orientation run by the School of Conflict Studies. Its role is to develop skills and research in the area of informal dispute resolution.

What is Informal Dispute Resolution?

Informal Dispute Resolution (IDR) is a set of easily accessible, inexpensive and non-accusatory processes that serve to prevent, mitigate manage and/or peacefully resolve disputes between people or groups of people. 

The best-known IDR processes are negotiation, conciliation, mediation, arbitration, dialogue, group intervention and coaching.

The adjective "informal" is applied to these methods to differentiate them from the legal and political conflict resolution processes rooted in law and constitutional tradition.

Informal approaches to conflict prevention and resolution are becoming commonplace in all large organizations because administrative procedures in place are not only insufficient to resolve disputes, but also because legal adjudication is often expensive, long and painful.

̫ӳ has been at the forefront of Canadian innovators in this field for over 20 years through its Conflict Studies’ programs at the bachelor's, master’s and PhD levels.



  • To develop informal, inclusive and peaceful dispute resolution through training, practice and applied research;

  • To prepare SPU students for the practice of informal, inclusive and peaceful dispute resolution;

  • To promote the dissemination and use of informal, inclusive and peaceful dispute resolution mechanisms within the University and the community at large.