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Based at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Ontario and named for the former Chief Justice of Ontario Warren Winkler, the Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution is a vibrant centre for research on innovation in dispute resolution, access to justice and the future of the legal profession and justice system. Our projects are wide-ranging but always rooted in this mandate.

Whether it is exploring the potential for human-centred design and legal technology to transform justice services, innovating in dispute resolution and prevention, or discovering new ways of thinking about the profession, legal education and empowerment, we are consistently striving to find out how to do things better and more inclusively.

Additionally, we are closely tied in both mission and operation with the Osgoode Mediation Clinic, supporting the work of its three primary divisions (and their community partners) and facilitating its Small Claims Court Mediation Program.

Since opening our doors in 2014, the Winkler Institute has become a leading voice in Canadian justice innovation and reform and a partner on many research projects and initiatives with similarly minded organizations and institutions across the world.

We are always looking for more ways to work on pressing issues and to advance causes within our mandate.

For more information on our institute, please check out our annual report, our list of projects, fellows and advisors, and blog posts from our staff and students. Please do not hesitate to reach out by e-mailing us at WinklerInstitute@osgoode.yorku.ca.