Paul Wahrhaftig, has been active in organized conflict resolution since its modern beginnings in the early 1970s, both as a practitioner and organizer/networker.
While maintaining an active mediation practice he continues to maintain contact with conflict resolvers around the world. Recently retired from his position as President of the Conflict Resolution Center International, and Editor of Conflict Resolution Notes, he continues to serve the international CR field as coordinator of the International Sector of Mediate.com, and he is International Editor for Interaction published by the Conflict Resolution Network, Canada.
His latest book Community Dispute Resolution, Empowerment and Social Change covers the origin, history and future of the empowerment concept in community mediation
An earlier work, focusing on how the civil rights movemernt operated in small towns of the South is available. Use the J.D. McManus... button on the menue to your left at the top of the screen.
For over 30 years Paul actively chronicled and highlighted the major issues and developments in the field. He has conducted lectures, seminars and training sessions on conflict resolution on three continents and has taught a course on conflict resolution at Carnegie-Mellon University.
He chaired the board of the National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution (1991 - 1995). He was a founding member of the Board of Directors the European Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution, 1991 - to 1996.
These activities as organizer, practitioner and chronicler for two decades have enabled Paul to develop strong personal relationships with conflict resolvers throughout the world.
Recently (1999), he was honored with the Margaret Herrman Award by the National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution for his lifetime contributions to the conflict resolution field.
He received a BA, with honors, from Stanford and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, Law School.