May 10, 2016 — PBS recently interviewed Professor Michael A. Helfand about the concept of “Christian arbitration.” The interview, recorded on the Pepperdine Law campus, was aired as part of the program “Arbitration by Faith.”
From PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly:
Christian arbitration is required in a growing number of business and employment agreements. Correspondent David Tereshchuk interviews individuals who wanted to take legal action but were bound by their agreements to engage in Christian arbitration. He also talks to Bryce Thomas, an attorney and nationally prominent Christian arbitrator who works with the Institute of Christian Conciliation, and with Pepperdine University Law School professor and rabbi Michael Helfand.
From “Arbitration by Faith”:
Christian arbitration is said to have biblical precedent. The Apostle Paul insisted in his First Letter to the Corinthians that the early church members should avoid turning to civil legal authorities for resolving internal disputes and instead come to a settlement among themselves. Thomas and other arbitrators like him use precepts laid down in the Old and New Testaments to guide their rulings. One of the nation’s few experts on this specialty is in California. He’s a Jewish rabbi, Michael Helfand, who’s a law professor at Pepperdine University.