Artificial Intelligence and Law

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 273–295 | Cite as

Persuasion Dialogue in Online Dispute Resolution

  • Douglas Walton
  • David M. Godden


In this paper we show how dialogue-based theories of argumentation can contribute to the construction of effective systems of dispute resolution. Specifically we consider the role of persuasion in online dispute resolution by showing how persuasion dialogues can be functionally embedded in negotiation dialogues, and how negotiation dialogues can shift to persuasion dialogues. We conclude with some remarks on how persuasion dialogues might be modelled is such a way as to allow them to be implemented in a mechanical or computerized system of dialogue or dialogue management.


ADR alternative dispute resolution argument argumentation dialogue negotiation ODR online dispute resolution persuasion persuasion dialogue 


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Research for this paper was made possible by a Research Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of WinnipegWinnipegCanada

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