Legal studies

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

Course date

15 July - 2 August, 2002
Application deadline:
15 February, 2002
Course Director(s): 

Csilla Kollonay-Lehoczky

Department of Legal Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary/Vienna, Austria

Lela P. Love

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

Stephen Adler

National Labour Court of Israel, Tel-Aviv, Israel

James R. Coben

Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, USA

Kinga Goncz

School of Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary/Vienna, Austria

Joseph Stulberg

Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University, Columbus, USA

Manfred Weiss

Law School, Frankfurt University, Germany

This 6-credit program (for CEU students) 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 both on arbitration and mediation, as well as other consensual methods for addressing and resolving conflict and promoting understanding between peoples.

CEU students will begin the sequence by participating in a one-week intensive course centered on arbitration, particularly as that process is used in the context of labor and employment matters. In the following two weeks of the program, CEU students will be joined by approximately thirty American law students and scholars to explore mediation theory and skills, as well as other processes to foster democratic dialogue. All of the offerings will include multi-national perspectives and examples. This program will enable students to critically examine the challenges of the design and delivery of Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") initiatives in multiple contexts, including countries where the "rule of law" still is being established.

Intended Level of Instruction:

The primary target group of this course is junior and middle career faculty as well as doctoral students at law schools or faculties of social science and public administration in the CEE region, as well as American law students pursuing the J.D. degree. Additionally, course targets include academics and professionals in psychology, social work, public policy, political science, government and labor relations.