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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.

We are pleased that Professor Lela Love has agreed to again join the Faculty as our Distinguished ADR Practitioner for 2015. Professor Love is a professor of law at the Cardozo Law School at Yeshiva University, where she directs the Kukin Institute for Conflict Resolution. She previously served as the Berlin program's distinguished ADR scholar in 2005 and 2011.

The Program's previous Distinguished ADR Practitioners include Ed Sherman (1999-2001, 2004, 2009, 2011 and 2015), Alan Rau (2002), Len Riskin (2003), Kim Kovach and Eric Galton (2004), Phil Harter (2005), Nadja Alexander (2006), Woody Mosten (2008), Nancy Welsh (2010), Sharon Press (2013), and Bobby Harges (2014). The Program's principal faculty members are listed below.


Jörg Fedtke, Dr iuris, University of Hamburg

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.


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

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.

Dorte Busch

Dörte Busch, LL.M. (Wales)

Rechtsanwältin and trained mediator, Partner of Busch & Meyer, a boutique law firm specialized in medical law. She is working at the Institut für Anwaltsrecht teaching negotiation, mediation and drafting contracts. She is a specialized lawyer in medical law, primarily working in the fields of pharmaceutical and health law implementing her ADR skills to help her clients.

Katie Deuschl, Lawyer and Mediator

Katie Deuschl

Katie Deuschl is a lawyer and practicing mediator focusing primarily on business mediation, employment dispute resolution and health care mediation. Her professional experience includes business and family mediation in cross-border disputes. She teaches mediation and ADR skills at various universities and conducts trainings for legal trainees and practitioners.
Katie holds a law degree from the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and was trained at the Heidelberger Institut für Mediation and Heidelberg University. Her work experience includes working for Human Rights Watch in Washington, DC and for a Chinese NGO in Beijing.

Tom Pröstler, LL.M. (Sydney)

Tom Proestler

Fellow at the chair of Prof. Dr. Christine Windbichler, LL.M. at Humboldt-University of Berlin. He studied law at Humboldt- University of Berlin, the Université de Genève, the Université de Lausanne, the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney, where he did his LL.M. degree specializing in international arbitration, litigation and mediation. Currently he is finishing his doctorate with a focus on his second specialization, international and comparative collective labor law. He teaches courses in both of these areas.

Bruno Zeller, Ph.D. (University of Melbourne)

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Associate Professor at Victoria University, Melbourne and adjunct professor at Murdoch University, Perth. He teaches International Trade Law, International Arbitration, Conflict of Laws and Maritime Law. With numerous publications concerning international trade law and arbitration, his research contributes to the understanding of uniform international laws, especially the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). Currently he is researching the design of effective dispute Resolution mechanisms to resolve disputes in carbon trading. He is an MLANZ accredited arbitrator and a member of the International Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.

Lela Love, J.D. (Georgetown)


Lela Porter Love is a professor of law and director of the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (NYC). She founded (in 1985) and directs Cardozo's Mediation Clinic, which was among the first clinical programs in the country to train law students to serve as mediators. Professor Love serves as mediator, arbitrator and dispute resolution consultant in community, employment, family, human rights, school-based and commercial cases. Her mediation of a public policy dispute in Glen Cove, NY, brought widespread publicity to the use of mediation in resolving complex litigation.

Professor Love is Past Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution. In her chair year she initiated the first International Mediation Leadership Summit in the Hague. She also is a member of the NYS Unified Court System Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee. She has written widely on the topic of dispute resolution, including co-authoring three law school textbooks, and mediated a simulated product liability dispute that was broadcast numerous times by COURT TV. Her latest book, co-authored with Joseph Stulberg, is The Middle Voice: Mediating Conflict Successfully.

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