Legal studies

In co-operation with Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York and Hamline University School of Law, Minnesota

Course date

11 June - 22 June, 2007
Application deadline
15 February, 2007
Course Director(s): 

James R. Coben

Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, USA

Lela P. Love

Kukin Program of Conflict Resolution, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, USA
Course Faculty: 

Petra Bard

Legal Studies and CELAB, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Csilla Kollonay-Lehoczky

Department of Legal Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Dana Potockova

Charles University and Anglo-American College, Prague, Czech Republic

The course is designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas and cooperative projects among academics, professionals and students in the East and West who are pursuing the study of conflict and conflict resolution processes. The program, set in the context of Central and Eastern Europe's emerging democracies, will focus on mediation, as well as other consensual methods for addressing and resolving conflict and promoting understanding between peoples. The course is a cross-disciplinary and cross-national inquiry into the use of dialogue in conflict scenarios, attempting to lay a philosophical and intellectual foundation for mediation and then cultivate basic mediation practice skills. Mediation is a newly emerging field in both the west and the east. Legislation mandating the use of mediation has outpaced the development of both theory and practice, and this course is designed in part to fill that gap, cultivating scholars, teachers and practitioners in this developing arena.