More than 140 students from 34 countries assembled this week at Humboldt University in the heart of Berlin to learn about intercultural negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Led by a team of international experts from the U.S., Germany, Australia and Israel, they study negotiation and mediation techniques and apply their new insights in practical simulations. A separate segment of the Program focuses on international arbitration. The Berlin Summer School is a cooperation between Tulane Law School and the Institut für Anwaltsrecht at Humboldt University.
(November 2013 - updated April 2014)
Professor Jörg Fedtke met with human rights activists, members of the Constituent Assembly (C50 Committee), donor organizations, and members of the academic community at a series of events hosted by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), the World Bank, and The American University in Cairo (AUC) earlier this month. The trip, organized by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), focused on shortcomings of Egypt's 2013 Draft Constitution that is currently under discussion. The text is set to be finalized in December and will be presented to the people in a referendum next year.
See Professor Fedtke as a panelist of AUC Tahrir Dialoge Number 34 on YouTube.
The Protection Project at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (Washington, DC) in cooperation with the Eason Weinmann Center for Comparative and International Law, the World Society for Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists, and the Société de Législation Comparé (Paris) is organizing an international seminar titled Islamic Law and the French and European Legal Order: The Public Law and Private Law Issues. The event is scheduled to take place at the Westin Paris-Vendome on April 28 and 29, 2014. The seminar will serve as a forum for a discussion of Islamic law as evidenced in the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the European Court of Justice (ECJ), and the highest courts in France, and will cover questions such as Islamic finance, marriage and divorce, and successions under the French Code civil. The event will also serve to foster academic exchange and dialogue between European and Middle Eastern legal scholars, as well as scholars from the United States. Participants will include speakers from Egypt, Iran, Kuwait, France, and the U.S. For more information click HERE.
Jörg Fedtke worked for The Carter Center (Atlanta) as lead author of a statement on the 2014 Constitution of Egypt. The statement, published on March 12, 2014, provides a comprehensive analysis of the amendments to the 2012 Constitution that were voted into force by referendum in January 2014. Read the analysis at http://www.cartercenter.org/news/pr/egypt-031214.html.
The European Parliament in Brussels invited Professor Jörg Fedtke to brief members of the Committee for Foreign Affairs on constitutional developments in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya. Professor Fedtke provided an analysis of the recently enacted settlements in Tunisia and Egypt as well as an overview of the constitutional options for Libya on March 31, 2014. He is a close observer of the Arab Spring and has in past years worked with several organizations, including IDEA and The Carter Center, to analyse constitutional developments across the region.
Dr. Teresa Rodriguez de las Heras Ballell, Associate Professor of Commercial Law (Profesora Titular) at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid/Spain and currently Coleman Visiting Professor at Tulane Law School, will give a student talk on contemporary privacy issues on October 17, 2013. The talk, titled Privacy in the Digital Space, will take place in the Faculty Lounge at 12:00 a.m. Light refreshments will be served. Professor Rodriguez de las Heras Ballell, who visited the Center last year, is an expert in company law, e-commerce, and electronic payment systems. She is teaching a 1-credit course on e-commerce (The Second Generation of Electronic Commerce Law) at Tulane this Fall.
Dr. Rodriguez's CV
Professor Joel Monéger of Paris Dauphine University in Paris/France gave a lunchtime lecture discussing the current European financial and economic crisis and the future of the European Union on September 24. Professor Monéger is currently visiting St. Louis. He is a former dean of the Faculté de Droit at the University of Orleans and holds the Jean Monnet Chair as a lifetime appointment at Dauphine. Professor Monéger is an expert on EU competition law. His new book in English, The Law of the European Union (with Levasseur and others), has just been published. Professor Monéger teaches on Tulane's Paris Summer Program.
Tulane Law's Berlin Summer Program in Intercultural Negotiation and Mediation will take place from July 20 to August 2, 2014 at Humboldt University in Berlin/Germany. It is likely to be followed by a two-day workshop on mediating political conflict. Tulane's ADR Student Society - in cooperation with the Berlin Program - will offer an introduction to mediation, followed by a skills workshop, in Weinmann Hall in October and November (dates to be confirmed). The 2013 Berlin Program attracted over 40 students from Tulane and across the United States. They were joined by 80 international students recruited by Humboldt University.
Dr. Sandra Hotz provided insight into the reform of the Japanese Civil Code on occasion of an Eason-Weinmann lunchtime talk on September 4, 2013. Dr. Hotz, a senior researcher and lecturer at the University of Zurich/Swizerland, is currently visiting Cornell Law School. Her areas of expertise include contract law, torts, comparative methodology, and legal philosophy.