Institute for Dispute Resolution (IDR)

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Institute for Dispute Resolution (IDR)

The New Jersey City University Institute for Dispute Resolution under the platform of the School of Business aims to promote international negotiation and mediation techniques to manage disputes in cross border commercial and general conflict resolution forums. The IDR applies these principles through behavior in the fields of mediation discipline and negotiation paradigms. The Transdisciplinary approach to curriculum integration resolves the boundaries between the conventional disciplines and organizes teaching and learning around the construction of meaning in the context of real-world problems or themes.

The Institute's mission: 

To promote sustained economic and commercial success rooted in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), promoting collaboration through international mediation and negotiation practices grounded in theories of business and behavioral sciences that foster global business through entrepreneurship and innovation.

The key objectives to implement this mission are mediation and diplomacy:

  • Program Initiatives include CLE & Symposiums to promote international cross border negotiations and mediation in the State of New Jersey.
  • Cohort Programs with others International Business Schools to promote global trade and commerce applying negotiations and mediation modalities to manage dispute risks.
  • Promote legislative based initiatives through empirical based research and publications towards the discipline of mediation.
  • Promote legislative based initiatives to promote New Jersey as a seat for international dispute resolution.
  • Foster relationships with stakeholders in government, NGOs and international organizations.
  • To promote research and proposed standards for international uniformity for the privatization of law to foster improved global connectivity and improve trade functionality.

Applied Research in field of mediation. This includes:

  • Seminars and Programs geared toward mediation from a transdisciplinary order
  • Exchange programs with other international Universities
  • Cultural exchanges, field work, etc in mediation with NGO, universities and other strategic stakeholders
  • Publications
  • A certificate based initiative in the field of study of ADR focused on cross border disputes under the Business School.
  • Legislative Policy Initiatives originated through the center or as a co-participant with other stakeholders to promote dispute solution based practice.

Upcoming Mediation and Negotiation Certifications

  • To assist the growing demand for conflict resolution both inside organizational platforms and within society.
  • Publications focused on science, AI, data analytics and human behavior in an effort to improve conflict resolution and increase collaboration
  • NGOs and other non-profit and profit for stakeholders that desire conflict resolution models
  • Certifications, webinars and training courses in transdisciplinary applications including sports, education, HR, small business disputes, community intervention, government agency, hospitality, and many other sectors that IDR can system design for implementation
  • “Legislative policy and standards” for domestic and international application

Institute for Dispute Resolution Team

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Dr. David Weiss was a structured finance banker and still holds a license to practice law. Professor David S. Weiss, Esq., is an Assistant Professor in the Management Department at New Jersey City University School of Business where he teaches global business and heads the B.S. in Entrepreneurship. He is also the Founder and Director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution (IDR) and the “Connecting Bridges and Borders Program through Business” also located at New Jersey City University. Dr. Weiss advances self-determination values through concepts of mediation theory and promotes innovation and entrepreneurship to advance Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). He advises on policy through both the IDR institute and the Connecting Bridges and Borders through Business Program to assist cross border stakeholders improve FDI opportunities. Professor Weiss received his Juris Doctor at New York Law School, and post doctorate work at the Sorbonne University le droit and is an IMI Certified Mediator. He held appointments at The United Nations through UNCITRAL, is chair of the International Committee for a major trade and industry group and lectures internationally throughout Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Caucasus and the Caribbean basin on law and economics through the prism of mediation, business, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Professor Weiss has extensive publications in the field of mediation and policy to address risk and conflict through his theory known as Economic Efficiency Mediation (EEM) which is a linkage for ethical code applied for AI (Artificial Intelligence) using Natural Processing Language (NPL). He is the author of several policies & articles including the recent “New Jersey Arbitration, Conciliation and Mediation Act.” Currently, he is working on New Jersey policy for data protection to promote more clarity and confidence within the digital economy, institutional system design for mediation policy within the Common Wealth of Puerto Rico, and value systems for mediation theory and practice within Central Eastern Europe from a thought leadership perspective and standards for consideration within the data destruction industry globally. He is currently in the process of launching an additional economic and feasibility study between Hungary and New Jersey relating to improving chain supply logistics utilizing air cargo between Newark and Budapest for furthering Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) activity.


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Dr. Jennifer McDevitt is an adjunct professor for the Latin American, Caribbean, & Latino Studies and Political Science programs at New Jersey City University. Her Ph.D. is in Conflict Analysis and Resolution with a specialization in Cultural and Ethnic Conflict. She also holds an M.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations, as well as, a B.A. in Anthropology with a certificate in Ethic Studies. She has focused her recent research on conflict in Latin America. Jennifer is a visiting scholar for the Institute for Dispute Resolution and is focusing her skills on the team’s project Engage Puerto Rico: A Case for Sustainable Mediation Culture, as well as, other academic articles.


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Michael Arbitblit is an Ed.D. candidate at NJCU in Educational Technology Leadership. He is also the recipient to NJCU’s first ever doctoral fellowship, the L.M. Krieger Fair Dealing and Justice Fellowship, for his research on conflict resolution utilizing his experiences within technology, business, and education. Currently he is assisting Professor Weiss and Professor McDevitt’s research endeavors within all fields of conflict resolution. He received both an M.B.A. in Organizational Management and Leadership, as well as, a bachelor’s in Business Management from NJCU. Outside of academics, Michael has a varied background between the music industry and small business development where he held marketing, project, and operational manager roles at multiple record labels and music venues.


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Kelly McKenna is currently a third-year undergraduate student at NJCU, who is double majoring in Fire Science and Entrepreneurship. She is also an undergraduate research assistant at the Institute for Dispute Resolution that is currently working on academic articles along with the research team. Outside of academics, she is a volunteer EMT and firefighter. She is also fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and am involved in the Deaf community. Kelly is the co-founder/Vice President of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Club.


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Viktor Madar-Dank is an international undergraduate student who comes from Budapest, Hungary and has recently started at NJCU in 2020. He currently is working as a research assistant alongside the IDR team to bring his unique global perspective on topics of technology and business. He is also one of the co-founders, as well as, the president of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Club.

Viktor has a bachelor’s degree from Budapest, Hungary in finance and has several translation certifications. In addition, Viktor has worked with the IDR and attended many conferences in few months using his extraordinary skill of speaking multiple languages.


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Neel Patel earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from NJCU and is currently pursuing an M.B.A. in marketing at Seton Hall University Stillman School of Business. Neel has been working alongside Professor David Weiss and the Institute for Dispute Resolution as a marketing manager and social media manager, as well as, a project manager for ample international conferences and events. These events include traveling to Budapest and participating in the 14th International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Mediation Competition in Paris, the American/Hungarian business professionals’ Connecting Bridges and Borders Program and being a keynote speaker at the convocation ceremony at New Jersey City University School of Business.

Neel also has worked on projects ranging from colloquiums to international chamber of commerce events, domestic economic programs such as Select USA for N.J. as a spin-off state for promoting economic trade and commerce. Furthermore, he has participated in the logistics of an international trade and academic conference in 2018, and most recent as part of NJCU delegation to attend the Hungarian Central Bank Financial Arbitration Board Conference.


Affiliated Faculty

John Laski, Management faculty, NJCU


  • Startup Tribes
  • TiE NJ
  • Stunited
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Club at NJCU
  • NJCU
  • Rutgers University
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IDR will continue its work supporting mediation and the hands-on learning experiences our NJCU students receive through cultural exchanges, competitions, and research.

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David Weiss, Esq., director of the NJCU School of Business Institute for Dispute Resolution, standing at a podium in the Skyline Room of the School of Business


Dr. David S. Weiss Esq.
Founder and Director, Institute for Dispute Resolution (IDR)
Assistant Professor, School of Business, Management

Neel Patel
Marketing/PR Professional
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