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Beyond the Dialogue



True peace is not merely the absence of tension; 

It is the presence of justice.

Martin Luther King, Jr.



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A Welcome Message from Straus' Managing Director

Professor Sukhsimranjit Singh 

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The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law has been at the forefront of understanding complex and long-standing conflicts around the world. In our over thirty years of leadership in the ADR field, we know that addressing racial inequities and societal hierarchies requires great resolve, passion, and an openness to dialogue with those with whom we differ, in opinions and circumstances.

Beyond the Dialogue aims to create spaces for vibrant discussion and promote ADR practices that advance social change on a global scale. We are glad you are here and we hope you will join our efforts.

Meet Our Network of Justice Seekers and Peace Makers

We invite you to learn more about the Straus Institute's rich history, resources, and current collaborations that inspire conversation around issues of conflict in our society.  Our global network of distinguished faculty, alumni, and students are passionate about ADR and its potential to help us rebuild a world that is more fair and just. 

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Join Us in our Efforts 


Learn about Straus' longstanding history of promoting peace and advancing access to justice through ADR.

Love our Community

We serve our community by partnering on timely legal and policy issues that advance conflict resolution.

We invite you to browse our catalog of webinars, lectures, publications and reading recommendations that address issues of bias and systemic inequities.

Our distinguished faculty are thought leaders in the ADR field and continually consider the role of dispute resolution in promoting peace and reconciliation. 

The Importance of Dispute Resolution in Polarized Times

The Straus Institute has served as a pacesetter in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution, both in terms of academic scholarship and in training and strategies for professionals. Last summer we convened the leading scholars from the ADR field from law schools across the United States, as well as from foreign institutions. The energy and discussions from the Appreciating our Legacy and Engaging the Future conference highlight the central role ADR can play in promoting justice in turbulent times.