Pepperdine School of Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution has a history of drawing students and professionals from throughout the world to study the program’s unique curriculum. In its 25 years of existence, and with its eight-year stint at the top of the U.S. News & World Report rankings for dispute resolution programs, Straus has hosted nine academic scholars associated with either the Fulbright or Muskie Fellowship programs. These scholars stem from diverse backgrounds in Germany, El Salvador, Egypt, Panama, Tunisia, the Czech Republic, and Moldova.
The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the United States government and is designed to promote positive relationships between Americans and citizens of other countries. Similarly, the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program promotes involvement with the United States among scholars from Eurasia. Both programs are highly competitive and seek to include individuals with the highest standards of research and academia.
This year, Straus welcomed three internationally recognized scholars to the Malibu campus, continuing its legacy as one of the top dispute resolution programs in the country. The international fellows include: Yazmina Batista, a native of Panama and Fulbright Scholar; Elena Seryapina, a native of Russia and Fulbright Scholar; and Muskie Scholar Oleksandr Volkov of Ukraine.