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Straus Institute Hosts Fulbright Scholars for 4th Consecutive Year


Fulbright Scholars 2010For the fourth consecutive year the Straus Institute has attracted prestigious international Fulbright Scholars from around the world to study dispute resolution at Pepperdine. This fall Olesia Safulko from Ukraine and Yosra Abid from Tunisia will begin their studies in the LLM in dispute resolution program.

Yosra Abid joins Pepperdine’s community from the Fulbright’s AMIDEAST Program in Tunisia. Abid received her LL.B. in legal studies from the Faculty of Judicial, Political, and Social Sciences in Tunisia, and a master’s degree in European law practice from Le Havre University in France. She is a member of the Arbitration International Association and the ICC Young Arbitrator’s Forum, and came to Pepperdine to study international commercial arbitration. After completing her LLM in dispute resolution, Abid hopes to return to Tunisia to establish an international center that specializes in academic and professional thinking in dispute resolution.

Olesia Safulko has a bachelor of law from Ivan Franko National University of L’viv and a master’s degree in administrative law. Safulko’s interest is in reforming the Ukrainian public sector through the development of dispute resolution systems. Safulko spent two semesters at University of Hamburg where she received a master’s in German corporate law and interned with a German law firm specializing in mediation and international commercial arbitration. Her hope is to study the American way of implementing mediation and arbitration into legislation, and to create an NGO in Ukraine that provides mediation services.

In 2009 Pepperdine hosted a Fulbright Scholar from Panama, Benito Vega (LLM ’10). Vega worked for the Attorney General’s Office in Panama, and taught penal law and contract courses at American University in Panama. His interest is to expand his courses at American University to include dispute resolution courses and to develop community mediation and judicial mediation programs in Panama.

Additionally, Pepperdine hosted Fulbright Scholars from Egypt and El Salvador in 2008, from Germany in 2007, and from the Czech Republic in 2000. 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 States.

In addition to the Fulbright Scholarship program, Pepperdine has hosted a Muskie Fellow from Moldova in 2008, and three Weinstein International Fellows from Jordan, Nepal, and Ecuador in 2009 sponsored by the JAMS Foundation.

The Straus Institute regularly receives applications from students around the world interested in studying dispute resolution at Pepperdine.