Straus Academic Director Professor Tom Stipanowich recently participated in the First International Conference on Arbitration in Doha, Qatar (January 20-22). The conference was sponsored by the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Qatar International Arbitration Center, and attracted participants from all over the Arab world as well as selected prominent international invitees.
Professor Stipanowich gave a presentation on the growing importance of mediation and "real time" dispute resolution processes in the resolution of international business disputes. He explains, "Although the primary emphasis of the conference was on binding arbitration, several of us wanted to emphasize the relative flexibility and utility of mediated negotiation processes, especially in a clash involving different cultures. The conference was a wonderful opportunity to meet many new people and explore a fertile field for the promoting greater cross-cultural understanding."