London/Geneva Course Information
A European Perspective on International Commercial and Public Dispute Resolution
London, England; Geneva, Switzerland; and Paris, France: May 22 - June 1, 2017
The London/Geneva Study Tour provides students and mid-career professionals with an opportunity to observe and interact with significant legal and dispute resolution organizations in Europe. Classroom lectures and discussions will be augmented by intensive group work putting students in the role of counsel or consultants for a corporation in need of the assistance of the organizations being visited. Simulated consulting groups will make recommendations regarding what and how to use the services of a variety of dispute resolution agencies. The site visits will provide opportunities for interaction with the staff from a variety of dispute resolution organizations. The course will involve making a series of recommendations to a hypothetical corporate client reflecting the knowledge gained in the site visits as well as class lectures. The course will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis.
Students will be expected to complete reading assignments in advance of the first class session, to attend and participate in all required classroom activities and site visits, and to submit a final written paper two weeks after class ends.
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.
Maureen Weston is Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law and Director of the Entertainment, Media & Sports Dispute Resolution Project. She received her JD from the University of Colorado, and B.A. in Economics/Political Science at the University of Denver. Professor Weston teaches courses on arbitration, mediation, negotiation, international dispute resolution, legal ethics, and U.S. and international sports law. She serves as Faculty Advisor to the Sports & Entertainment Law Society and the Dispute Resolution Journal, and as coach for student teams in the ICC Mediation and Sports & Entertainment Law ADR competitions. She is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association and serves on the Boards of Directors at the University of Colorado Law Alumni Board, the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette School of Law, and Editorial Board of LawInSport.
The Director of the Straus Institute who oversees the program is Managing Director Peter Robinson.
Site Visits and Guest Speakers
Site visits and/or speakers planned for the London/Geneva Study Tour are listed below. (Please note that because these organizations and professionals are in demand and engaged in on-going work, the Study Tour is subject to their availability.)
Group Social Activities
In addition to the Study Tour's substantive activities, a variety of social events will be included in the trip:
The university has recently developed a new International Travel Policy, being currently administered by the Risk Management Office, which establishes its responsibility in performing the due diligence and carefully assessing the risks and opportunities of each trip, applying necessary resources to make Pepperdine-sponsored trips safe and meaningful experiences.
The policy and its administration ensure that someone in the Dean's office will know how to reach any student, staff or faculty in the event of an emergency, either by cell phone, hotel phone number, or competition headquarters contact information.
For more suggestions regarding trip planning, we advise our students to see the Travel Checklist located with the International Travel Policy in Section 36 of the University Policy Manual (http://community.pepperdine.edu/hr/policies/policymanual.htm#thirtysix).
If the course needs to be canceled or if students decide to withdraw based upon it becoming an "Area of Instability," then a full refund will be issued.