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Block 6: Two-Weekend Format

July 26 - 28 and August 2 - 4, 2018

  • Thursdays: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Fridays: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Saturdays: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Program Courses and Faculty

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..

Johannes Willheim has 20 years of experience in large-scale and high-stakes international arbitration and complex litigation involving antitrust, corporate and post-transaction, energy, engineering and construction (EPC and EPCM), distribution, insurance, IP, and regulatory disputes. Johannes also is experienced in arbitrating and litigating cases involving EU competition law, distribution, and IP (including patent) issues both on the enforcement and defense sides. He is currently handling major gas price revision disputes throughout Europe for one of the world's leading producers of natural gas. Johannes works out of the Firm's Frankfurt, London, and Paris Offices.  Johannes's work is characterized by a holistic approach aimed at the effective and efficient management of disputes and their resolution. He acts as a trusted party advisor to clients prior to, during, and post formal proceedings, as well as an advocate in formal arbitration, litigation, and ADR proceedings. Johannes has been appointed as an arbitrator, mediator, and independent expert in DIS, ICC, VIAC, and other institutional and ad hoc arbitration and mediation proceedings. In addition to his disputes work, Johannes coordinates the Firm's Austrian law desk, which includes several lawyers admitted to the Austrian bar who offer a wide range of Austrian corporate, commercial, and regulatory services, particularly in the areas of M&A and financial services transactions. He and his Austrian qualified colleagues regularly represent Jones Day clients before Austrian courts and governmental authorities.

 Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution: Managing Litigation and Conflict for Corporations and Organizations

This course will explore corporate and organizational litigation and conflict management on both a portfolio "macro" level and matter-specific "micro" level, and will emphasize the role of the attorney as a problem solver. Students will learn both the theory and practice, as well as the ethical implications, behind various techniques that can be utilized to prevent, manage, and resolve significant individual, multiparty, and class action disputes on behalf of a corporation or organization, as well as related theory and practice with respect to preventing, managing, and resolving large volumes of litigation and conflict on an enterprise-wide or similar basis. The format will include interactive lectures, discussions, role plays and videos designed to illustrate various dispute resolution processes. Students will obtain an overview and understanding of how to develop legal and business strategies and tactics in the context of detained case plans and the associated economics of such plans; the principles of early case assessment and exploring early resolution strategies; and an in-depth understanding of how a particular process is or is not appropriate for a given fact situation.

Phil Armstrong is a 1973 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law, is former senior counsel (recently retired) for ADR and litigation at Georgia-Pacific LLC and a member of the American, Georgia, Kentucky, and Atlanta Bar Associations. He has previously served as the vice chair of the American Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Section, chair of the State Bar of Georgia Dispute Resolution Section, and chair of the Atlanta Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section. He is a member of the executive committee for the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution and the Council of Distinguished Advisors for the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law. Armstrong has written several articles on dispute resolution and has served as speaker or panelist at dozens of seminars and symposiums on dispute resolution. He is an adjunct professor at the Emory University School of Law (teaching ADR and mediation advocacy) and at the Pepperdine University School of Law (teaching litigation management in business organizations), and has also taught ADR at the Georgia State University College of Law. Armstrong previously served on the board of directors for GPC Credit Association and currently serves on the board of trustees for the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

MCLE Credit

Each course has been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. Pepperdine School of Law certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing MCLE.

Housing and Residence Life

The George Page Residential Complex, located across the street from the School of Law, will be available for a limited number of summer school students. The residential complex offers four-bedroom, single-bath apartments with kitchen, living, and dining areas. The housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early reservation is advised. On-campus recreation facilities include an Olympic-size pool, tennis courts, weight room, gym, and track.

On-Campus Housing and Residence Life Information and Registration

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If you have further questions, you may e-mail housing@pepperdine.edu.