Ancient and Comely Order: The Use and Disuse of Arbitration by New York Quakers

F. Peter Phillips2016 | Noviembre 7
From the late 17th century, the Religious Society of Friends (“Quakers”) observed a method of resolving disputes arising within congregations that was scripturally based, and culminated in final and binding arbitration.
The practice of Quaker arbitration gradually disappeared during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and few modern Quakers are even aware of it. This article traces that decline and notes similarities with mercantile arbitration. In both religious and mercantile arbitration, a defined community valued the goal of avoiding group disruption more than the goal of vindicating individual legal rights. In both cases, members of the community applied distinct and particularized standards of conduct, rather than general legal codes, to resolve disputes. Finally, in both cases arbitration awards were, as a practical matter, self-executing and resort to court enforcement was inapplicable. The study proposes that attributes such as mutual accountability, closed communities, and shared behavioral expectations are distinctive hallmarks of the arbitration process, in the absence of which arbitration devolves from a powerful instrument of community cohesion to a mere alternative legal process.

Peter Phillips
Adjunct Professor and Director of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Skills Program at New York Law School. He is an attorney whose practice is limited to service as a mediator, arbitrator or consultant, and is based in Montclair, NJ. He is a member of Cornwall (NY) Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends and has served on the Committee for Conflict Transformation of the New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

Autor F. Peter Phillips
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