Introduction: Dispute Resolution in Criminal Law

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Michael M. O'Hear & Andrea Kupfer Schneider, Introduction: Dispute Resolution in Criminal Law, 91 Marq. L. Rev. 1 (2007)

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91 Marquette Law Review 1 (2007)


Although the study of plea bargaining would seem, by its nature, to invite interdisciplinary collaboration between criminal law and dispute resolution scholars, there has been remarkably little cross-fertilization between the fields. In this Essay, we discuss the suitability of conceptualizing plea bargaining as a form of dispute resolution and describe some of the useful things that criminal law scholars might learn from dispute resolution scholars, and vice versa. The Essay, which introduces a symposium issue of the Marquette Law Review devoted to plea bargaining, also briefly previews the other papers included in the symposium.