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Straus MLC Global - Switzerland Edition

Pepperdine Chateau d'Hauteville in Switzerland

Launching September 18–22

An unforgettable destination program for business professionals, mediators, negotiators, law and non-law professionals.

We have been at the forefront of teaching dispute resolution for over three decades, and now we are taking our renowned training international. As the first-of-its kind, MLC Global is a sophisticated, five-day, dispute resolution and negotiation executive training intended for professional development and negotiation and dispute resolution skills building. Presenting cutting edge dispute resolution strategies and best practices from world-renowned faculty, this training will include an international roundtable on cross-cultural conflicts as well as excursions to local landmarks, all in the historical and inspiring Château d'Hauteville in beautiful Vevey, Switzerland.


Faculty for Global MLC and International Roundtable

Straus MLC Faculty

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**Discounted accommodations will be available at the Modern Times Hotel (included in the registration package deal)

If you have any questions contact Deborah Jasmin

Learn More about MLC: Global - Negotiation and Mediation Training: European Edition

The MLC Global program offers a unique opportunity to learn cutting-edge dispute resolution and negotiation strategies and best practices, from experienced lawyers and professionals. Course participants will learn advanced techniques required to deepen their dispute resolution and negotiation skills through lectures, small group discussions and practice exercises.The program will additionally include a unique roundtable discussion addressing cross-cultural issues in dispute resolution, as well as excursions to local landmarks.  

Topics taught in this training will include:

  • STAR Method of Mediation
  • Cross-Border Dispute Resolution
  • Neuro-Behavioral Understanding and Bias Reduction
  • Advanced Settlement Strategies
  • Advanced Negotiation Skills
  • Managing Emotions in Conflict

Seating is limited to ensure participants have the opportunity to interact with faculty in a close and dynamic way. Hosted at the historical and inspiring Château d'Hauteville in beautiful Vevey, Switzerland, this will truly be a unique and inspiring experience for those interested in developing their negotiation and dispute resolution skills.



Inaugural registration prices for the Global Mediation and Professional Skills Training (MLC):

$4,250.00 USD - General Registration including accommodation rate
$3,350.00 USD - General Registration only rate

Alumni - Rate (Attendee is an alumni of any Straus Institute program- academic program or professional education training).
$3,300.00 - Registration plus accomodation rate
$2,200.00 - Registration only

Groups of five or more are eligible for a group rate.  Please contact Deborah Jasmin at deborah.jasmin@pepperdine.edu or (310) 506-4692 for information on group rates.

  Faculty Biographies

Dr. Sukhsimranjit Singh Dr. Sukhsimranjit Singh’s career is built on the foundations of peaceful methods of resolving difficult conflict. He looks forward to hearing from others and their stories. His strong belief in building people up is rooted in hard work and in genuine human connection and has trained more than three thousand business professionals, graduate students in dispute resolution. Dr. Singh is Judge Danny Weinstein Managing Director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law, where he also serves as Professor and Dean of Graduate Law Programs. Within this capacity, Dr. Singh oversaw the Institute’s global outreach efforts, world-class professional training programs, and rigorous academic curriculum. His expertise is in advanced mediation, cross-cultural practice, faith-based mediation, and utilizing modern theories, science, and technology to devise creative solutions for global disputes. Dr. Singh has spoken in more than 50 countries. A two time TEDx Speaker, he is on the JAMS Panel. He can be reached at singh@singhadr.com. 

Hon. Daniel Weinstein (Ret.) " Judge Danny" is one of the nation’s preeminent mediators of complex civil disputes. He is a pioneer in the development of mediation and teaches and lectures to fellow mediators and lawyers throughout the United States. Judge Weinstein is recognized as one of the premier mediators of complex, multi-party, high-stake cases, both in the United States and abroad. He is the recipient of the 2014 International Advocate for Peace Award from the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, whose past honorees have included former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Bishop Desmond Tutu. In January 2020, the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, presented Judge Weinstein with the Peacemaker Award, its highest honor. The award was last presented in 2013 to Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In addition to his active mediation practice, Judge Weinstein is currently the Distinguished Mediator in Residence at Pepperdine and teaching one week every two months. Additionally, he directs the Weinstein International Foundation in its endeavors in conflict resolution and training in the Middle East, Ukraine, Rwanda, Zambia, Peru and other countries throughout the world.

Marc P. Goodman is Pepperdine University's general counsel and has served Pepperdine since 1999. Goodman also serves as an adjunct professor of law at the Caruso School of Law, where he teaches courses in entertainment, intellectual property, and communications law. Prior to arriving at the University, Goodman was a partner with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP; and clerked for the Honorable J. Lawrence Irving and the Honorable Earl B. Gilliam in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. Goodman has presented on topics before many organizations including the National Association of College and University Attorneys and at the Community College Conference on Legal Issues. He has served on the United Educators' legal advisory board, was named the 2017 Nonprofit General Counsel of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal, and received the 2018 First Chair Top General Counsels award. Goodman received his BA in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, a master's in communications management from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California, and his JD from the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California.

David Dowling is the owner of Dowling Mediation Services, and an adjunct professor at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University, School of Law. David also provides conflict and dispute resolution training for special education teachers, administrators, and parents. He founded and directed (2009-2018) the Mediation Clinic and Criminal Justice Dispute Resolution Clinic at Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law.  In 2017, his clinics received the Ninth Circuit’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Award.  David has taught Mediation and Negotiation skills to law students, lawyers, judges and professors around the world.  In 2016, he was invited to teach the first Mediation Skills course in Kyiv, Ukraine at Taras Shevchenko National University and for the past 7 years guest lecturer at the Law Society of Ireland.

Sebastian F. Winter, MD Ph.D., is a physician-neuroscientist, social entrepreneur, and policy analyst working at the intersection of brain health, public policy, and societal cohesion. As Head of Policy and Research at the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE), a global non-state actor in official relations with WHO, he is developing holistic policy advocacy strategies aimed at making epilepsy and other neurological conditions a public health priority and fostering brain health globally. Prior to joining IBE, Dr. Winter served as a neurology resident and scientist at Charité University Hospital in Berlin, Germany. He is also an affiliate researcher in the Neurology Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA, and co-founder of the charitable organization R3SOLUTE, which promotes mental health literacy, conflict prevention, and peace-building among refugee communities in Germany.

Joyce A. Mitchell, Esq., is President of Joyce A Mitchell And Associates. She is a nationally recognized attorney and professional in the field of alternative dispute resolution. Ms. Mitchell has been practicing mediation since 1996 and has mediated more than 1500 cases. She is a certified mediator in the states of Virginia and North Carolina. She is a skilled negotiator and has had more than 300 hours of conflict resolution, multi-party facilitation, and mediation training in various subject areas, levels, and mediation approaches. She mediates for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and CPR the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR). Joyce is on the roster of mediators for several ADR private dispute resolution providers and mediates for them nationwide for federal agencies. She conducts multi-party facilitation sessions, early neutral evaluations, organizational and management inquiries, fact-finding, and speaks at various professional associations’ meetings on the uses of ADR techniques. Some of the subject matter presentations include Herding Cats The Power of Persuasion in Mediation and Negotiation, Cognitive Barriers to Success in Resolving Disputes, The Mediator in the Room, Be Your Best Negotiator, Negotiation in a Nutshell, Early Neutral Evaluation.

Andrew Miller has almost 30 years of experience of dealing with and resolving commercial disputes both domestically and internationally which makes him ideally suited as a commercial mediator.  He now practices as a KC Mediator in a wide range of commercial sectors, including in the practice areas of construction, property damage, insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence and general commercial disputes.  Andrew continues to be based at  Temple Garden, a leading civil/commercial set of chambers. Andrew has been involved in the mediation of disputes since 1996.  He has experience of over 150 mediations and has been involved in mediations both domestically and internationally.  Andrew has acted as lead mediator in commercial disputes valued at between £10,000 to £20,000,000.  He has been consistently recognised by clients and in the legal directories for his strong negotiation and tactical skills. He is praised for his commercial approach to the resolution of disputes, whether in the traditional litigation forum, arbitration or through ADR. In the Legal 500 and Chambers UK Andrew has received considerable praise over the years including reference to his “Excellent interpersonal skills… he’s very user-friendly, effective and good to work with”, the fact that he “Always extremely well prepared” and crucially that he is “Very pleasant to work with.”   Since acting as a mediator he has received glowing feedback and testimonials on his performance and skill as a mediator.

Orit Asnin has been a full-time mediator for more than two decades. Previously a commercial attorney, she specializes in commercial and inter-personal conflict management. Orit has vast experience mediating multi-party disputes, and she often mediates conflicts that are emotionally loaded with extreme cross-cultural differences. Orit has mediated more than 5,000 conflicts with both Israeli parties as well as international ones. Parties have included private and public companies, local and government authorities, international and multinational corporations and individuals. She is also often asked to help resolve “conflicts in the making” associated with internal and external business and management crisis situations, and in situations involving board, committee, and management team decision making processes, disagreements, and deadlocks. Orit is one of Israel’s most experienced mediators and one of the pioneers in the field of mediation in Israel. Her daily mediations since the end of the 1990s, as well as her public work in the Israeli Bar, have greatly contributed to the current common use of mediation in Israel. As frequent lecturer, panel participant and workshop instructor she shares her experience in international conferences and forums, reflecting on the many aspects and dimensions of mediation. Ms. Asnin serves as a co-chairperson of the Mediation Committee of the Israeli Bar (Haifa branch). She had served as a vice chairperson of the Section of Dispute Resolution and as a member of the Ethics Committee, of the Israeli Bar. Orit Asnin is a distinguished fellow of the International Academy of Mediators.

Helen Winter is an Assistant Professor of Law and Practice at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, teaching in the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Professor Winter teaches in the Straus Institute’s academic programs and professional training programs, and provides mentorship and advisory services to international students. Professor Winter holds a law degree with a focus on International Public Law from Heidelberg University, and an LL.M in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine Caruso Law Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Most recently she has served as a Research Fellow at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School while completing her Ph.D at European University Viadrina in Germany. At Harvard, Professor Winter has been researching proven strategies for bias reduction, and peer mediation mechanisms as a means to promote self-efficacy for refugees and migrants. She has additionally been assisting with teaching, mentoring, and training future mediators and ADR professionals around topics such as cross-cultural mediation, systems design, and negotiation. Professor Winter has an extensive background in mediation and intercultural dispute resolution. In addition to having served as a guest lecturer at Harvard Law School, and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, she has also worked at the European University of Viadrina. She further has run her own mediation practice and co-founded R3SOLUTE, a charitable organization based in Berlin which empowers refugees and locals to manage and prevent community conflicts through dialogue and peer mediation. She has worked with the United Nations Office of the Ombudsman and Mediation Services (UNOMS), addressing systemic issues. Professor Winter also serves as an ambassador for the International Justice Mission in Germany. Professor Winter has been published in the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, and Conflict Resolution Quarterly and has been invited to speak at numerous events, webinar series, and podcasts within the ADR community both nationally and internationally, including at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law. She hopes to use her position to continue researching ways to foster agency and self-efficacy of underrepresented minorities of society through a bottoms-up approach to ADR, while supporting the Pepperdine community.

Birgit Sambeth is Co-Head of our Dispute Resolution Team. As a former substitute Judge and judicial Conciliator, acting as Mediator and as Arbitrator, she is acknowledged as a forward thinking, holistic and strategic dispute resolution specialist, and is regularly appointed as Neutral to prevent and resolve complex, international and domestic disputes in commercial and international agency/distribution contracts, M&A transactions, construction projects, employment and family/inheritance matters, often with cross cultural and multi-language components. Listed among the “Thought Leaders - Mediation” by Who's Who Legal since 2018, Birgit has been recognized as the “N° 1 most highly regarded mediator in Switzerland”. She is accredited by a number of national and international organizations, in particular: the Swiss Bar Association (FSA-SAV), the Swiss Chamber of Commercial Mediation (SCCM), the International Mediation Institute (IMI), CEDR London, CPR New York, VIAC Vienna, CMAP Paris, CAM Milan, CML Russia, Shenzhen Court of Arbitration (South China) (SCIA), ICC, SCAI, TAS-CAS, INSOL and WIPO. In addition to her activity as Neutral, Birgit is also frequently involved in company restructuring and insolvency proceedings, acting as creditor representative or as liquidator and trustee in the context of domestic and international bankruptcy and composition proceedings.


All programs of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution are offered with a satisfaction guarantee. If a participant completes the program and is dissatisfied with the course content or performance of the faculty, the tuition fee will be refunded.

  About Us

Ranked the number one program in the United States for dispute resolution for over 15 years, the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law is one of the world’s leading educational programs in the field of dispute resolution.

In the more than thirty-five years since its founding, the Straus Institute has established itself as a standard of excellence in preparing effective negotiators, peacemakers and problem solvers and has become a driving force for improving the culture of conflict in America, and around the world.

Straus offers two tracks of instruction—professional training programs (such as MLC) and academic programs in dispute resolution including the Certificate, Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR), and Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution (LLM). Straus also offers six other LLM degree programs.