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Straus Institute Hosts International Video Conference on Mediation
Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution will hold its first international video conference on Monday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. in the Mendenhall Appellate Courtroom at the School of Law.
The 90-minute program titled, “Understanding Cultural Norms and Expectations in Mediation in China and the United States: Starting a Dialogue,” will feature an exchange between leading U.S. and Chinese experts on mediation. Specific topics include the roles mediators play, enforcement of mediation agreements and resulting settlements, confidentiality issues, and the use of mediation to resolve major multi-national business disputes.
The program is cosponsored by the Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC) and Pepperdine’s acclaimed Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, two institutions that have sustained a longtime partnership. The BAC is quickly becoming the first official commission in China to create a free-standing mediation program—a groundbreaking development. As this transition occurs, representatives from the Straus Institute will serve as advisors to the BAC throughout the process.
For this first video conference, all are welcome to attend though law students, business students, lawyers, faculty, and alumni in particular will find the program especially relevant. Audience members can listen to the international dialogue and participate through questions.
U.S. speakers include Straus Director and Professor Tom Stipanowich, who will moderate the dialogue, Straus Director and Professor Peter Robinson, and well-known mediators Nina Meierding and Linda Meier.
Chinese participants include Madame Wang Hongsong, the secretary general of the BAC, Mr. Yang Zaixue, a prominent arbitrator who has mediated many cases in the BAC, and Mrs. Zhang Yuejiao, former director-general of the legal department for the Ministry of Commerce of China.
The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution offers the LLM, masters, and certificate programs and is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the Number One dispute resolution program in the country.