Tulane brings three U.S. faculty members to complement the distinguished German professors and practitioners provided by Humboldt. The program invites distinguished ADR scholars and practitioners to teach at the program. A number of extraordinary ADR scholars have participated in past programs, including Tulane's former dean Ed Sherman, who launched the Program in 1999 and has been a part of the faculty for many years.
The Program's previous Distinguished ADR Scholars include Ed Sherman (1999-2001, 2004, 2009 and 2011), Alan Rau (2002), Len Riskin (2003), Kim Kovach and Eric Galton (2004), Lela Love (2005 and 2011), Phil Harter (2005), Nadja Alexander (2006), Sidney Stahl (2007 and 2012), Woody Mosten (2008), Nancy Welsh (2010), and Sharon Press (2013). The Program's principal faculty members are listed below.
Dr. Horst Eidenmüller, LL.M., Cambridge University
Horst Eidenmüller is one of the internationally leading scholars on ADR and a law professor at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. He is a former scholar of the Project on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. He is one of the most prominent mediators and arbitrators in Germany. Professor Eidenmüller is a recent recipient of the German equivalent to the American McArthur Prize.
Jörg Fedtke, A. N. Yiannopoulos Professor in International and Comparative Law; Co-Director of the Eason Weinmann Center for International and Comparative Law, Tulane Law School
Before joining Tulane in January 2009, Jörg Fedtke was Professor of Comparative Law and Director of the Institute of Global Law at University College London. Professor Fedtke’s main research interests are constitutional law, torts, comparative methodology, and the European Union. He has provided advice on federalism, judicial review and human rights protection to members of the Iraqi National Assembly and has on a number of occasions served as a legal expert for UN- and EU-funded projects on various aspects of constitutionalism in the Arab region. Professor Fedtke has also been involved in collaborative research for the European Commission and the French Cour de cassation, and has given expert evidence to the UK House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution. He has on a number of occasions mediated political conflicts in the Middle East.
Dr. Andreas Nelle, M.P.A., Harvard University
Andreas Nelle is a partner in one of the premier Berlin law firms and has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Humboldt for many years. He is the author of the book Duty to Renegotiate. Dr. Nelle and Professor Eidenmüller developed a negotiation education program that is widely used in Germany to train attorneys and law students, and they have been recognized for their excellence in teaching negotiation and mediation. Their treatise on negotiation was recently published in Germany.
Dr. Constantin Olbrisch, Lawyer and Mediator
Constantin Olbrisch is an attorney and a partner in a Berlin law firm specializing in mediation. His practice focuses on mediation and counseling activities in intra-company matters, especially for private and public organizations in collective labor law, and in foundation systems. He is a member of the Forum for Negotiation and Mediation at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder). From 1999-2001, he was a research assistant at the Institute for International Law at the University of Rostock. Since 2001, he has been teaching transaction management, mediation and leadership for the Hertie School of Governance, Humboldt University, the University of Rostock, the Kammergericht (State Court) of Berlin, the Brandenburg Higher Regional Court, the Judicial Academy in Brandenburg, the Ministries of Justice of Berlin and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, as well as numerous other organizations and private companies. He co-authored the textbook Mediation, Conciliation, Negotiation Management - Forms of Consensual Dispute Resolution (Alpmann-Schmidt 2005).
William R. Pitts, J.D., Tulane Law School
Bill Pitts has been a trial lawyer, mediator and arbitrator in New Orleans for many years and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has been an adjunct and visiting Professor of Law at the Tulane Law School and Ohio State University College of Law for 30 years. Professor Pitts was designated by Tulane Law School as its Distinguished ADR Scholar in 2010. He has been engaged in a private dispute resolution practice for the past two decades and has mediated and arbitrated more than 2500 cases. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America in ADR.
Karl-Michael Schmidt, Lecturer, Humboldt University
Karl-Michael Schmidt is one of the co-founders of the Berlin program and has been the Humboldt Program Director since 1999. He is a lecturer at Humboldt Law School and teaches various ADR courses there. Professor Schmidt is director of the Institut für Anwaltsrecht at Humbold, an institute which focuses primarily on ADR in private law, mediation, and international arbitration.
Additional faculty members from the U.S., Australia, Germany and other European countries will assist in teaching the course and present the afternoon lectures on arbitration and various ADR-related topics.
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