Block 4: One-Week Intensive
June 22 - 26, 2020
- Selected Issues in DR: Apology, Forgiveness and Reconciliation will meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm.
- International Commercial Arbitration will meet Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
and Friday: 8:30am - 3:05pm
Program Courses and Faculty
Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution: Apology, Forgiveness and Reconciliation
This class will examine each of the themes of apology, forgiveness, and reconciliation. A spectrum of definitions and meanings of each theme will be explored. A variety of approaches on how to implement each theme will be discussed. The material will be addressed from the context of governing our own lives, providing professional advice to another as an advocate, and serving as a mediator. Class material will include religious and nonreligious perspectives on these themes
Al Sturgeon is vice president of student life and Lipscomb University. Sturgeon oversees all the student life functions outside the classroom which include: spiritual formation, chapel, student activities, campus security, veteran services, residence life, intercultural development, freshmen orientation, campus recreation, intramurals and the Career Development Center among other responsibilities.
Sturgeon is a seasoned higher education veteran and has served in a variety of roles at Pepperdine that gives him a unique perspective for his work in student life at Lipscomb University. At Pepperdine, Sturgeon served as a professor in the law school, as director of academic success, assistant dean for student life, dean of students and dean of graduate programs. He began his career as a high school teacher and coach in Arkansas.
A native of Arkansas, Sturgeon has a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Arkansas and a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law. Sturgeon and his wife, Jody, also a veteran of higher education, have two grown daughters, Erica and Hillary.
International Commercial Arbitration
This course provides a comprehensive overview of international arbitration law and practice. Topics explored include the making and enforcement of arbitration agreements; the selection and appointment of the arbitral tribunal; preliminary proceedings, including procedural orders and interim relief; the arbitration hearing; and the making and enforcement of the arbitral award. Particular attention is paid to the enforcement of arbitration agreements and awards, the role of the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards and other treaties, and their interplay with national laws as a backdrop for private arbitration agreements
Arif Hyder Ali is the co-chair of Dechert's International Arbitration practice, which consists of some 30 partners and associates across the firm's 26 offices. He splits his time between the firm's Washington, D.C. and London offices. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University, where he teaches international commercial and investment arbitration. From 2007 to 2012 he was an Honorary Lecturer and Global Faculty Member of the University of Dundee's Centre for Energy, Mining and Petroleum Law and Policy. In 2001, he was decorated with the Order of Bahrain (II) for his role in the resolution of Bahrain's maritime and territorial boundary dispute with Qatar before the International Court of Justice.
Mr. Ali has served as lead trial counsel in international investment, commercial and construction arbitrations under many of the major international and regional arbitral regimes and covering a broad range of industries and economic activity, including foreign direct investment; privatization; the construction, operation and commercialization of thermal, nuclear, and hydro power plants; oil and gas pipeline construction and concession-related matters; mining concessions; gas pricing disputes; natural resource exploitation projects and contracts; the development and operation of tourism and hospitality projects; project finance and development agreements; contract stabilization and renegotiation issues; patents and trademarks; Internet governance and top-level domains; and information technology-related disputes. He has represented parties from the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and across Asia.
Mr. Ali frequently sits as an arbitrator in a wide variety of international commercial, construction (industrial and civil) and investor-state disputes, involving the governing laws of different jurisdictions and under various institutional regimes.
As part of his dispute resolution practice, Mr. Ali has also advised clients on risk mitigation and dispute avoidance strategies, and assisted clients in structuring resolutions to high-value and complex disputes working with bankers, insurance companies, public relations specialists, and other areas of expertise, as well as political advocacy.
He has taught at law faculties and spoken at more than a hundred conferences around the world on a wide range of topics in the fields of international arbitration, public international law, dispute avoidance and risk management, evidence in state-investor and international commercial arbitration; globalization and international economic development; rule of law and international investment; and diversity and the practice of international law.
From 1993 to 1996, he was a section chief at the UN Compensation Commission, a special division of the UN Security Council, and from 2000 to 2001, he served as senior counsel at the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center.