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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 Sidney Stahl has agreed to again join the Faculty as our Distinguished ADR Practitioner for 2015. Stahl is a dispute resolution professional from Dallas, Texas and served as the program’s Distinguished ADR Practitioner in 2007 and 2012. He is an adjunct professor of law at Southern Methodist University teaching mediation and arbitration. He has mediated and arbitrated more than 4000 cases. He has extensive experience in teaching mediation and has trained more than 1000 mediators.

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.

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Sidney Stahl, Burdin Mediations


Sidney Stahl is a mediator for one of America’s leading mediation firms, Burdin Mediations in Dallas, Texas, where he specializes in the following areas: Mediation and Arbitration of Civil Litigation: Corporate/General Business; Governmental; Real Estate; Banking, Securities and IP; with an emphasis on Complex and Multi-Party Cases. He previously spent 33 years as a successful attorney with the Dallas Law Firm of Geary, Stahl & Spencer, specializing in litigation, corporate, real estate, banking and securities. In 1991, he established a solo practice in Mediation and Arbitration. In the past 20 years, he has mediated well over 2,000 civil cases with a settlement rate of 80%. Stahl has mediated nationwide in California, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico and New York, in addition to his busy practice in Texas.

Stahl received his undergraduate and law degrees from Southern Methodist University. He serves as Adjunct Professor on the faculty of the Dedman School of Law at SMU, where he teaches dispute resolution. Mr. Stahl is a member of the Dallas Bar Association, American Bar Association, and Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been a director of the Dallas Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas. He has served with distinction on the Dallas City Council, and as a board member of several agencies of the State of Texas. Mr. Stahl has received numerous awards, including the YWCA's Mentors and Allies Award, Torch of Conscience Award from the American Jewish Congress, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from SMU School of Law. In 2003, Stahl was named one of Texas' Super Lawyers by Texas Monthly magazine.

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.

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