People and Partners


Name Title
Douglas H. Yarn Executive Director
Director of Research
Carolyn Lambert Director of Programs
Diadra Dorsey Associate to the Director

Executive Committee

Research Director, Dean Rusk Center for International and
Comparative Law;
Instructor, School of Law and Environmental Ethics Certificate Program
University of GeorgiaAthens, GA 30602
Phone: 706-542-5141
Fax: 706-542-7822
J.D., University of Georgia, 1984
M.S., University of Georgia, 1977
B.S., University of Georgia, 1973
Courses Offered
International Negotiations Seminar
Environmental Dispute Resolution

Dorinda G. Dallmeyer joined the Dean Rusk Center for International and Comparative Law as its research director in 1984. Her primary research areas are international security affairs and international trade, with a particular emphasis on the role of negotiation and dispute resolution.

As research director for the Rusk Center, Dallmeyer is involved with numerous projects ranging from new approaches for reconciling conflicts between international trade and environmental protection to developing confidence- and security-building measures for the Balkan states. Additionally she has been involved with three projects to examine the future role of the United Nations in international security in the wake of the Gulf War.

Dallmeyer has edited books on the future of the U.S. civilian space program, feminist analysis of international law, conflict resolution and the future NATO, the Canada-United States free trade agreement, and the negotiation of maritime boundary disputes. She has published articles addressing cooperative verification of arms control agreements as well as negotiation of trade in high technology goods. She is a frequent speaker at national meetings of American academic societies and has delivered invited lectures in numerous countries, including Japan, Australia, Greece, Korea and Italy. She also has lectured on arms control at the Institute for the Study of the United States and Canada and the Institute for World Economy and International Relations in Moscow, as well as at the Bulgarian Institute of Contemporary Social Studies.

Dallmeyer's research has been supported by grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Canadian Embassy, and the Hewlett Foundation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Society of International Law, and the American Bar Association. She serves on the advisory board for the Canada/United States Law Institute and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Educational Foundation for Nuclear Science, Inc.

Associate Professor of Planning and Public Policy
Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlanta, GA 30332-0155
Phone: 404-894-9841
Fax: 404-894-1628
Ph.D., Urban and Regional Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984
M.C.P., University of California, Berkeley, 1978
B.S., Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1974
B.S., Urban Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1974

Michael Elliott is an associate professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology. His specialties include public policy dispute resolution and environmental management. Elliot also serves as the co-director and principal of the Southeast Negotiation Network.

In these capacities, Elliot (1) mediates and facilitates public policy consensus building processes, (2) designs dispute management systems, and (3) conducts research in policy implementation and conflict management. These activities have focused on resolving disputes over solid and hazardous waste, siting and managing locally unwanted facilities, risk management policy, endangered species, resource management, and growth management. Nationally, he has worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Park Service, the Army Environmental Policy Institute, the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality, and the New York Academy of Science. Internationally, he also provides dispute resolution training and process consultations for environmental management specialists from Estonia, Germany, Israel, and Kazakhstan, and land tenure specialists with the UNDP in Nicaragua.

As a teacher of continuing education courses, Elliott has conducted over 30 training workshops in the field of public policy conflict management and negotiation. Publications in the field of dispute resolution include Models for Mediation, Social Conflict Assessment in the Design of Risk Management Systems, The Effects of Differing Assessments of Risk in Hazardous Waste Facility Siting Negotiations, and Resolving Development Disputes through Conflict Resolution. He has co-written a book on paternalism, conflict and co-production that focused on the potential transfer to the United States of conflict management techniques employed in Europe. These articles, chapters and books focus on various aspects of conflict management, with emphasis on conflict assessment, political analysis and strategies for conflict management for complex, multiparty disputes associated with public policy-making.

Elliot is a member of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution, the National Association of Environmental Professionals, the International Association of Conflict Management and the American Planning Association.

Professor of Legal Studies
Associate Vice President for Instruction
University of Georgia
210 Old College
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: 706-542-6777
Fax: 706-542-0544
J.D., University of Georgia, 1977
B.B.A., University of Georgia, 1974

In 1977, after graduating from law school, Peter Shedd clerked for Anthony Alaimo, who was then the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. In 1978, Shedd returned to Athens as a faculty member in the Terry College of Business. He has written numerous articles and books on a variety of commercial law topics.

Included among his work are two leading textbooks in the areas of the legal and regulatory environment of business and business law. Shedd also has earned recognition as an outstanding teacher. He was named the Georgia Professor of the Year in 1993 by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. From 1994 through 1997, Shedd was an active participant in a national project involving the Peer Review of Teaching Effectiveness sponsored by the American Association of Higher Education.

In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, Shedd has served as the associate dean of the Terry College of Business, executive assistant to the university president and as associate vice president for instruction. He has also been active in numerous university-related committees. In 1994, Shedd was elected to the Executive Committee of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, and he served as president of the Academy in 1998-99. Since 1995, Shedd has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the American Arbitration Association. He also is an experienced mediator and arbitrator.

Executive Director, CNCRProfessor, College of Law 
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 4037
Atlanta, GA 30302-4037
Phone: 404-413-9147
Fax: 404-413-9225
EducationM.Litt., University of Cambridge, 1991
J.D., University of Georgia, 1984
B.A., Duke University, 1976

Doug Yarn is executive director of the Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and professor of law at Georgia State Law, where he teaches alternative dispute resolution and professional responsibility.

An experienced mediator and arbitrator, Yarn has been an ADR Fellow of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), Director of the AAA’s Center for International Commercial Disputes, a Salzburg Fellow in international environmental negotiation and a Gruter Institute Research Fellow.

From 1989-94, he served as in-house attorney, mediator and panelist trainer for the AAA. He has served as a facilitator in several public policy disputes involving issues such as access to health care, land use, and the environment. He has trained mediators and arbitrators nationwide and designed conflict management systems for private and public entities, domestic and international. He served as a member of the Georgia Supreme Court’s Commission on Dispute Resolution and is an advisor for the University System of Georgia Board of Regents’ Conflict Resolution Initiative.