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Straus Institute Hosts Prestigious Fulbright and Muskie Scholars

Pepperdine University School of Law's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution is pleased to welcome international Fulbright scholars, Sherif El Negahy and Oscar Samour, and Muskie scholar, Zinaida Gutu to Straus' LL.M. in Dispute Resolution Program. The international Fulbright and Muskie Scholarship programs are one of the most competitive international scholarship programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Fulbright and Muskie Scholars From left to right, Oscar Samour, Zinaida
Gutu, Sherif El Negahy

The Fulbright Program was established by U.S. Congress in 1946 and is the largest U.S. international exchange program for students, scholars and professionals pursuing advanced study, research and teaching in the United Stated. The Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program is a comparatively newer program, established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 and was created to encourage economic and democratic growth in Eurasia. The Muskie Fellowship Program provides scholarship opportunities for scholars throughout Eurasia including, Azerbaijan Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Russia.

Sherif El Negahy joins the Pepperdine community from Fulbright's Amideast Program in Egypt. El Negahy received his LL.B. from Ain Shams University and continued on to focus on Arbitration at Ain Shams Arbitration Center. He was one of the founders of the first and only Egyptian anti cyber crimes association, and works as a Public Prosecutor for the Ministry of Justice. His interest is in focusing on international arbitration while studying alternative dispute resolution methods so he can outline the benefits of an inclusive approach to Arbitration and ADR in Egypt. El Negahy hopes to become a judge in Egypt after graduating from Straus' LL.M. program.

Fulbright Scholar Oscar Samour is an attorney from El Salvador, and received his law degree from the Universidad Centroamericana "Jose Simeon Canas". He currently works as an Associate at Consortium Centro America Abogados where his area of practice is international transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate capital markets, foreign investments and corporate governance. After studying at Pepperdine he hopes to promote the arbitration culture in El Salvador by establishing an ADR training program for lawyers and working to incorporate ADR topics in law schools.

Finally, Muskie Scholar Zinaida Gutu has worked as an attorney in Moldova for civil and commercial law cases for over 30 years. Gutu has worked to provide mediation for post privatization disputes in agriculture and more recently has provided legal consulting and representation for cases submitted to the European Court of Human Rights. By studying at Pepperdine her goal is to continue to develop ADR options for the court system in Moldova by training judges and law students of ADR practices, as well as focusing on research and writing to develop resources for young attorneys and scholars.

Straus Institute's LL.M. program is an advanced law degree specializing in dispute resolution. Straus' academic programs are regarded as the most comprehensive dispute resolution curriculum in the nation, and continues to be ranked as the number one dispute resolution program in the nation by US News and World Report. Pepperdine also offers a Certificate and Masters in Dispute Resolution (M.D.R.) for non-law professionals.