Peter Robinson, managing director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, and associate professor of law, represented Straus in a partnership with the Beijing Arbitration Commission to hold the conference, “Teaching Chinese Law Professors How to Teach Mediation,” from January 13-17, in Beijing, China.
With financial support from the U.S.- China Legal Cooperation Fund, the training was designed to equip Chinese law professors with the methodology and supporting materials used by Straus. The Chinese Ministry of Education has encouraged Chinese law schools to teach more alternative dispute resolution courses.
“Harmony is a strong cultural value in China and thus mediation has been a part of the culture for thousands of years,” says Robinson. “Mediation is just beginning to be included in court processes however. Law schools realize that they have an opportunity to support the utilization of mediation in the court-annexed and commercial legal arenas.”
Robinson called the workshop rewarding and the professors enthusiastic. “The professors want to be involved in the mediation movement, but have not experienced mediation courses, so they sacrificed one week of their vacations between semesters to attend this program and were excited about establishing mediation courses at their schools.”
Robinson has presented negotiation and mediation skills courses in more than 30 states and in Argentina, Canada, England, Holland, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, and Rwanda.
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