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 Edward Sherman has agreed to again join the Faculty as our Distinguished ADR Practitioner for 2015. Sherman is a professor and former dean at Tulane Law School, and this will be his seventh time participating as the Distinguished ADR Practitioner for the Berlin Program. He has been an active mediator since 1985, and has served on the board of both the Texas and Louisiana State Bar ADR Committees. He is the author of a widely-used ADR casebook, Processes of Dispute Resolution.
The Program's previous Distinguished ADR Practitioners 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), 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.
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.
Edward Sherman, S.J.D., Harvard Law School
Edward F. Sherman is the David Boies Distinguished Chair & Moise S. Steeg, Jr. Professor of Law and former dean (1996-2001) of Tulane Law School. Before coming to Tulane, he was the Clark Centennial Professor of Law at U. of Texas Law School (1977-1996). A graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D., 1962; S.J.D., 1981), he clerked for a federal judge and practiced law in Texas (1962-67). He has served as counsel, consultant, or expert witness in a large number of class actions, complex litigations, and arbitrations. His casebook, Processes of Dispute Resolution (with Rau & Peppet, Foundation Press 2006), is widely used in ADR courses around the country. He has been an active arbitrator and mediator since 1985 and has been on the board of both the Texas and Louisiana State Bar ADR Committees. He was a coauthor of the Texas ADR Act and founding chair of the Texas Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution. He was involved in the U.S. AID “Stars Project” for drafting a new Code of Civil Procedure for the Republic of Vietnam. He was awarded the American Bar Association’s 2004 Robert B. McKay Law Professor Award, given annually “in recognition of a law professor’s commitment to the advancement of justice, scholarship and the legal profession, demonstrated through outstanding contributions to the fields of tort, trial, and insurance law.”
Civil Justice Improvements Project. He is a member of the American Law Institute, the Louisiana Law Institute, and the Maritime Law Association.
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.
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 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)
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)
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.
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