The Academic Course: Intercultural Negotiation and Mediation
The centerpiece of the program is the three-credit course entitled Intercultural Negotiation and Mediation. There are no prerequisites. The academic course will be graded on a Pass/C/Fail scale. A passing grade necessarily means that a student received a grade of C or better. There will be a brief final examination beginning at noon on Saturday, August 12. Arrangements will be made to administer the final examination on Friday, August 11, if a participant's travel arrangements conflict with the regular exam time and date.
The course focuses on negotiation during the first week of the program (July 31 - August 4) and mediation in the second week (August 7 - 11). Classes are generally scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with regular breaks during the day and a 90 minute break for lunch.
Substantive lectures on negotiation and mediation theory and practice are presented to all of the students in a large lecture room. However, most of the course is conducted in a workshop setting with role-play exercises done in small groups with a maximum of 24 students and two or three faculty members. Students are assigned to the small sections by nationality so that each exercise is conducted by participants from different countries. The lectures and small section sessions will provide the standard training in both the theory and basic skills of negotiation and mediation.
Most of the American and Canadian students are between their first and second years of law school and have not been exposed to skills-based courses like negotiation and mediation. The participants uniformly enjoy the role-play exercises and workshop format of the course.
Note: Tulane students who take this course may not take Professor Feldman's Negotiation & Mediation Advocacy courses on campus.
The Berlin Program counts towards the completion of the Skills Training Requirement for Tulane JD students, as well as for the Sports Law Certificate.
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Class Schedule, Reading Materials, and the Humboldt Website
The Humboldt website for the Berlin program includes a great deal of important and useful information.
The information on the Humboldt website includes the class schedule and syllabus, course reading materials, past and present faculty bios, photographs from past programs, Berlin maps, and general information about Berlin, including its public transportation system.
The 2017 class schedule, reading materials, and faculty bios have not yet been posted. Access to these materials is password protected. Participants in the 2017 Program will be contacted when the materials are available on the website and provided with the username and password to access that information. The 2017 class schedule and course reading materials can then be downloaded. A hard copy of the reading materials may also be purchased in Berlin.
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Supplemental Academic Activities
Optional lectures on arbitration and other ADR-related topics will be scheduled on a number of afternoons during the Program after normal class hours. The afternoon lectures in the first week of the Program are designed to provide a mini-course on international arbitration. The optional supplemental lectures are presented by outstanding law professors and practitioners with substantial theoretical and practical expertise.
The 2017 Program will for the first time offer an additional - optional - component that focuses on the mediation of political conflicts. This part of the Program complements our introduction to the core elements of ADR (negotiation and mediation) and the - optional - segment on international arbitration. International experts will introduce participants to the specific characteristics and dynamics of political disputes and share their firsthand experience in the management of constitutional negotiations, peacekeeping missions, labor disputes, conflicts over environmental protection, and other highly controversial and public processes. Teaching formats will include lectures, panel discussions, and case studies.
If students attend three of the non-compulsory ADR-related lectures during the first week and one video review session in the second week, they will be awarded two certificates attesting to their participation in 40 hours of mediation training and 40 hours of alternative dispute resolution training. The 40 hours of mediation training meets the requirement to become a certified mediator in Louisiana and a number of other states. Also, if students attend the non-compulsory arbitration lectures in the second week, they will receive an additional arbitration certificate.
Certification requirements vary by state, as there is no national certification to become a mediator. You must research the requirements of your specific state to find out what they require. You will receive two certificates of 40 hours (a Certificate of Advanced Study and Training in Mediation and a Certificate of Advanced Study and Training in Dispute Resolution). You can find more information on your state courts’ website, your state's bar association, or your law school ADR or mediation society.
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