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Global Dispute Resolution Conference


November 22-23, 2019

Malibu, California

Straus Institute Announces Joint Conference


The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, in collaboration with Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University, is proud to present the Global Dispute Resolution Conference on November 22-23, 2019 in Malibu, California.

Conflict is a global reality, as well as a common experience for every human being. But the ways of addressing conflict vary from country to country,
region to region, and even person to person. This event provides participants a unique opportunity to explore and approach conflict resolution from a global mindset. Understanding conflict and the role it plays in various cultures is essential to solving the world's most pressing challenges.

During these two days, scholars, lawyers, and ADR practitioners will share how their unique perspectives on mediation, negotiation, and arbitration have the capacity to shape and transform conflict across the globe.


Scheduled Speakers 

Jim Gash head shotJim Gash, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pepperdine University

Danny dewalt head shotDaniel J. DeWalt, Vice President and Chief of Staff of Pepperdine University

Thomas Stipanowich head shot Thomas J. Stipanowich, Professor of Law, and Associate Dean, Pepperdine University School of Law (Dean for Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution)

pradham head shotVinayak Pradhan, Director, Asian International Arbitration Centre

Muamar salameh speaking at a podiumMuamar Salameh, Chair of the College of Law & Director of Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Center for Futuristic Studies at Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University

gantchev head shotDimiter Gantchev, Deputy Director, Copyright Management Division, Copyright and Creative Industries, Sector-WIPO

Professor Singh headshot Sukhsimranjit Singh, Managing Director, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law

Lela Love head shot smilingLela Love, Professor of Law and Director of the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution, Cardozo Law

arif Ali head shotArif Ali, Partner and Co-Chair of Dechert's Global Arbitration Practice

Mimi You head shotMimi Zou, Fellow in Law at St. Hugh's College, Oxford University

Khalid Khalaf head shotKhalid Khalaf Al Dafiri, Legal Consultant for the Ministry of Commerce and Investment

haboobBaker Abdullatif Al Haboob, Secretary General-General Secretariat, Saudi Association Bar

maria Chedid head shot white shirt and gold necklaceMaria Chedid, Partner at Arnold & Porter

paul Rafferty head shot dark suit and red tiePaul F. Rafferty, Partner with Jones Day

ranse Howell head shot and he is wearing glassesRanse Howell, Director of International Operations at JAMS

al Saleh head shotKhalid Bin Abdullatif Al Saleh, Former Member of the Board of Directors of the G.C.C. Commercial Arbitration Center (GCCCAC)

hamed Merah head shotHamed Merah, CEO of the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration for Commercial Arbitration

james MacPherson head shot in suit and red tieJames MacPherson, International ADR Specialist

aloysius head shotAloysius Goh, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Sage Mediation Pte Ltd

Nathan funk head shotNathan Funk, Associate Professor and Chair in Peace and Conflict Studies, Conrad Grebel University College, Canada

Ken fox wearing a red tieKen Fox, Professor and Program Director, Conflict Studies at Hamline University School of Business

Rajinder wearing a pink shawl and sittingRajinder Kaur, Professor of Law, University Institute of Legal Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh

Yasmina's headshot wearing a pink veilYasmina Ladjal, Faculty of Law and Political Science for the University of Kasdi Merbah Ouargla

Hala Shaat photo wearing black shirt and white sweaterHala Shaat, Consultant with the London International Consultancy Group Ltd.

amer tabbara head shotAmer Tabbara, Assistant Professor of Commercial Law and Arbitration at Prince Ben Fahd University, International Legal Consultant

Doctor Amin head shotAmin Dawwas, Professor of Private Law at Kuwait International Law School

Noor head shot wearing blue scarf and glasses on headNoor Issa Alhendi, Assistant Professor in Administrative Law in Applied Science Private University, Faculty of Law, Jordan




These activities have been approved for 14 hours of MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. Pepperdine University School of Law certifies that the activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing MCLE.  Participants from outside of California should submit the California MCLE form to their state bar for approval after the program is completed.  Please be sure to sign in each day in the CLE sign-in forms located in the classroom. Straus programs have been accepted for MCLE credit across the nation.

Location and Times


Pepperdine's Drescher Graduate Campus
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA  90263

When speakers, guests, and/or students register for the program, a confirmation letter, directions, parking permit, and campus map will be sent electronically.


Friday, November 22, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  (Program ends with lunch)

Questions may be directed to Lori Rushford at lori.rushford@pepperdine.edu or call 310.506.6342.


Hotel Information

Hotel List

The Villa Graziadio is located on the Drescher Graduate Campus (where the conference will take place).  This is not a large hotel and the faculty stay at this hotel.  Please make your reservation early and request the Straus Room block.  The rate for a standard room is $179 plus taxes.  Oceanview rooms are available.  The Villa number is (310) 506-1100.

Please note that there is limited lodging in the city of Malibu.