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Study in London and Geneva- May 18 - 29, 2015

Participants in this course will study dispute resolution in two of the most important cities in the world-London and Geneva. In London, the focus will be on international commercial dispute resolution. During the second week of the course, participants will also study inter- national public dispute resolution in Geneva, Switzerland. Participants will learn about public dispute resolution systems through classes with guest speakers and site visits to the World Trade Organization, the International Court of Sport at the International Olympic Committee (Lausanne), and the International Compensation Programmes at the International Organization for Migration.

Site Visits and Guest Lectures in London Include the Following:

  • Middle Temple Inn with barristers practicing international commercial arbitration
  • London's Commercial Court
  • Offices of international solicitors
  • A barrister who is an expert on the 1996 revision of England's Arbitration Act
  • Representatives from the Center for Effective Dispute Resolution
  • Meeting at the London Court for International Arbitration with its executive director


Maureen Weston

Maureen Weston is professor of law at Pepperdine University School of Law. She received her JD from the University of Colorado. Professor Weston teaches courses on dispute resolution, civil procedure, legal ethics, and sports law. She has taught at the University of Oklahoma, University of Colorado, and Brasenose College in Oxford, England. Prior to teaching, Weston practiced law with Holme Roberts & Owen and Faegre & Benson in Colorado. She is cochair of the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution Education Committee, and is actively involved in the section’s Representation in Mediation program. Weston is coauthor of a sports law casebook, and has written articles in the area of disability law, sports law, and dispute resolution. 

Anthony Miller

Anthony Miller is a mediator and arbitrator who has been teaching at Pepperdine University School of Law since 1977. He has taught Torts, Remedies, Constitutional Law-Individual Rights, Family Law, Community Property, Divorce and Family Mediation, Labor Law, Public Sector Labor Law, International Commercial Arbitration, and Arbitration Practice. He has served as a dispute resolution neutral, as a divorce mediator and as a labor arbitrator. He is currently on the panel of arbitrators of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and serves as hearing officer and arbitrator for both the City and the County of Los Angeles.


  • Students will be responsible for tuition of $3,600, transportation, lodging, and an  activity fee of approximately $1500 to cover group activities and housing in Geneva.
  • Students in good standing will be allowed to sign up for this 2-unit course on a first-come, first-served basis.  Spaces in this course fill up very quickly and visiting students will be allowed to register beginning November 1, so please apply as early as possible.

For more information, please contact Marcelo Rosadilla at 310.506.6228, or visit