Carrie Menkel-Meadow

Distinguished and Chancellor's Professor of Law

Joint appointment in Political Science

Carrie Menkel-Meadow


A founder of the dispute resolution field, Professor Menkel-Meadow came to UC Irvine School of Law, as a Founding Faculty Member (and Chancellor’s Professor) from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was the A.B. Chettle, Jr. Professor of Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure and Director of the Georgetown-Hewlett Program in Conflict Resolution and Legal Problem Solving (now Emerita). She has been the Faculty Director of Georgetown’s innovative partnership with 20 law schools from around the world, the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London, in which faculty and students from participating programs study international and comparative law in a multi-national setting.

Professor Menkel-Meadow was a professor of law at UCLA for nearly 20 years, also serving as a professor in the Women's Studies program, Acting Director of the Center for the Study of Women, and Co-Director of UCLA's Center on Conflict Resolution. She has taught as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Legal Theory at the University of Toronto, a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, and as a clinical professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

As a Fulbright scholar in 2007, Professor Menkel-Meadow taught and conducted research in Chile, Argentina and China. An international expert in alternative dispute resolution, including international dispute resolution, the legal profession, and legal ethics, clinical legal education, feminist legal theory, and women in the legal profession, Professor Menkel-Meadow has written and lectured extensively in these fields.

She is the author or co-author of Dispute Resolution: Beyond the Adversarial Model (3rd ed. 2019); Negotiation: Processes for Problem Solving (3rd.ed 2021); Mediation: Theory, Policy & Practice (2rd ed. 2020); Dispute Processing & Conflict Resolution (2003), What’s Fair: Ethics for Negotiators (2004) and over 200 articles. She has also been co-editor of the Journal of Legal Education, and the International Journal of Law in Context. In 2012, she published a three-volume set of edited books on Complex Dispute Resolution (Ashgate Press, 2012), including Foundational Processes, Multi-Party Processes and International Dispute Resolution.

In January 2011, Professor Menkel-Meadow was the recipient of the first-ever Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work presented by the American Bar Association's Dispute Resolution section. The ABA lauded her as a "tireless, prolific and influential researcher and writer" who put forth the transformative idea of lawyer as problem solver 25 years ago.

She also has won the Center for Public Resources' First Prize for Scholarship in Alternative Dispute Resolution three times (in 1983, 1990, and 1998), and she won the Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching at UCLA and the Frank Flegal Teaching Award at Georgetown (2006).

Professor Menkel-Meadow also sits on numerous boards of public interest organizations and the editorial boards of journals in dispute resolution, law and social science and feminism. She has chaired the AALS Sections on Law and Social Science, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Women in Legal Education, and has been on the Executive Committee of the Section on Clinical Education. She is a member of the American Law Institute and an elected member of the Academy of Civil Trial Mediators. She served for 10 years on the Board of Directors of the American Bar Foundation and is currently a member of the Board of the International Center for Prevention and Resolution of Disputes (CPR).

In addition to her scholarship, research and teaching, Professor Menkel-Meadow often serves as a mediator and arbitrator in public and private settings and has trained lawyers, judges, diplomats, and mediators in the United States and on five continents. She has consulted for such organizations and institutions as the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Federal Judicial Center on conflict resolution systems and processes.

In 2018 Professor Menkel-Meadow received the American Bar Foundation Award for Outstanding Scholar for “her decades of work in creating, supporting and internationalizing the field of alternative dispute resolution and her research on the legal profession, legal ethics and feminist legal theory. She is the recipient of three honorary doctorates from universities in the United States and abroad and has taught as a visiting professor law or lecturer on all seven continents.

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  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Negotiation: A Very Short Introduction, (Oxford University Press, 2022).
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Amartya Sen and Law (edited with Victor V. Ramraj, Supriya Roth, and Arun K. Thiruvengadam), (FrancisTaylor Routledge Press, UK, 2020).
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Mediation: Practice, Policy and Ethics (with Lela Love, Andrea Kupfer Schneider) 3rd ed. (Wolters Kluwer, 2020).
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Negotiation: Processes for Problem Solving (with Andrea Kupfer Schneider and Lela Love) 3rd ed. (Wolters Kluwer 2021).
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Dispute Resolution: Beyond the Adversarial Model (3rd ed.) (with Lela Love, Andrea Kupfer Schneider and Michael Moffitt) (Wolters Kluwer, 2019).

Articles and Book Chapters:

  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Too Much Litigation? Quantification, Qualification and Differentiation: What Is An Appropriate Measure of Litigation?,  10 Onati Socio-legal Studies Series  (2020);
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Hybrid Dispute Resolution Processes: The Integrity of Process Pluralism in Comparative Dispute Resolution Research Handbook  (M. Palmer, M. Moscati and M. Roberts, ed. Elgar Pub. 2020).
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Genealogy of a Globalized Socio-Legal (and Feminist) Scholar, in Invisible Institutionalisms: Collective Reflections on the Shadows of Legal Globalization. (Swethaa Ballakrishnen & Sara Dezalay, eds.  Hart-Bloomsbury Publ. 2021).
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, When Should I Be in the Middle? I’ve Looked at Life From Both Sides Now, in Evolution of a Field: Personal Histories in Conflict Resolution, (H. Gadlin & N. Welsh, eds., DRI Press 2021).
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Critical Moments Reconsidered: When We Say Yes and When We Say No, 36(2) Negotiation J. 233-241  (2020;
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Dispute Resolution Mechanisms, in Essential Concepts of Global Environmental Governance,  2nd ed. (Amadine Orsini & Jean Frederci Morin, Earthscan) (2020).
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Negotiating Against a Script (with Robert Dingwall) , ABA Negotiation Desk Reference (C. Honeyman and A.K. Schneider, editors, 2019).
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Have Law Books, Computer, Simulations: Will Travel: The Transnationalization of (some of the professoriate), in The Globalization of Legal Education: A Critical Study  (Bryant Garth & Gregory Shaffer eds, forthcoming)
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, The Culture of Negotiation: Trumpian Imprints on the Future,  35 Negotiation Journal (Jan. 2019)  (co-editor of Special Issue on Negotiating in the Trump Era, including Editor’s Introduction and Introduction to Teaching Negotiation and Use of Third Parties, and essay on Culture of negotiation after Trump)
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Thinking or Acting Like a Lawyer? What We Don’t Know About Legal Education and are Afraid to Ask, in Imperatives for  Legal Education Research: Then and Now and Tomorrow (Ben Golder, Marina Nehme, Alex Steel and Prue Vines, ed. Taylor Francis Routledge,  2020)
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Mediation 3.0: Merging the Old and the New,  2018 Asian J. of Mediation  1-20.
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Alternative/Appropriate Dispute Resolution in International Law, Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law, MPEiPro (2019).
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Negotiating the American Constitution (1878-1789): Coalitions, Process Rules, and Compromises, Landmark Negotiations from Around the World: Lessons for Modern Diplomacy (Emmanuel Vivet ed., 2019)
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Deconstructing Henry: Negotiation Lessons From Kissinger's Career35 (3) Negotiation Journal 337-361 (2019).
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Uses and Abuses of Socio-Legal Studies, in Routledge Handbook on Socio-legal Theory and Methods (N. Creutzfeldt, M. Mason & K. McConnachie, eds., 2018, Forthcoming).
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Mediation and Its Applications for Good Decision Making and Dispute Resolution (Intersentia Ltd. 2016).
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Ethics of Compromise, in Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance (Springer Int'l Pub., 2016). 
  • Penelope Andrews, Richard Goldstone, Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Robert Mnookin, Andrea Schneider & Jean R. Sternlight, Making Peace with Your Enemy: Nelson Mandela and His Contributions to Conflict Resolution, 16 Nev. L.J. 281 (2015).
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Process Pluralism in Transitional/Restorative Justice: Lessons from Dispute Resolution for Cultural Variations in Goals Beyond Rule of Law and Democracy Development in Argentina and Chile, 3 Int'l J. Conflict Engagement and Resol. ___ (2015).
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Mediation and Dispute Resolution Programs, inOxford Bibliography in Criminology (Oct. 26, 2015).
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, In the Land of Blood and Honey: What’s Fair or Just in Love and War Crimes: Lessons for Transitional Justice, inFraming Crime and Film: An Interdisciplinary Anthology (C. Picart, M. Hviid Jacobsen & C. Greek, eds., 2016).
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Variations in the Uptake of and Resistance to Mediation Outside of the United States, inContemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation: The Fordham Papers (A. Rovine, ed., Nijhoof Publications 2015). 
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Mediation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)inInternational Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences 70-74 (James D. Wright, ed. 2nd ed. Elsevier, 2015).
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Dispute Resolution Mechanisms, inEssential Concepts of Global Environmental Governance  (Amadine Orsini & Jean-Frédéric Morin, eds., Routledge/Earthscan, 2014).
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Unsettling the Lawyers: Other Forms of Justice in Indigenous Claims of Expropriation, Abuse and Injustice, 64 U. Toronto L. J. 620-639 (2014).
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Crisis in Legal Education? or The Other Things Law Students Should be Learning and Doing, 45 McGeorge L. Rev. 1-28 (2014).
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Andrea K. Schneider & Lela P. Love, Negotiation: Processes for Problem Solving (2nd ed. Wolters Kluwer 2014).
  • Carrie Menkel Meadow, Lela P. Love & Andrea K. Schneider, Mediation: Practice, Policy and Ethics (2nd ed. Wolters Kluwer 2013). 
  • Regulating Dispute Resolution – ADR and Access to Justice at the Crossroads (Felix Steffek, Hannes Unberath, Hazel Genn, Reinhard Greger & Carrie Menkel-Meadow, eds., Hart Pub., 2013). 
  • Complex Dispute Resolution Vols 1-3 (Carrie Menkel-Meadow ed., Ashgate Press, 2012).