Straus Institute Hosts Global Dispute Resolution Conference

November 25, 2019 | From November 22–23, the Straus Institute hosted a Global Dispute Resolution Conference, bringing together the world’s top scholars and practitioners in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). The groundbreaking two-day event, held in collaboration with Prince Muhammad Bin Fahd University, aimed to cultivate and explore international approaches to conflict resolution processes, as well as discuss the most pressing and relevant topics in the ADR field. 

The Conference kicked off on Thursday with a welcome dinner at the home of Pepperdine President Jim Gash. Speakers from Brazil, Canada, India, Jordan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland, the UK, and practitioners from across the United States, enjoyed an evening together. 

On Friday, November 22, President Gash opened the conference by delivering a keynote address titled, “Ascending Together: A Vision of Global Collaboration and Coexistence,” and was followed in his remarks by Pepperdine Caruso Law Dean Paul Caron, Straus’ Associate Dean Thomas Stipanowich, and Managing Director Sukhsimranjit Singh. Pepperdine Vice-President Danny DeWalt also joined the program. Friday’s plenaries covered topics from the “Quiet Revolution” in Dispute Resolution to the Evolution of Commercial Dispute Resolution. Panelists discussed the values of diversity and cultural fluency in advancing ADR throughout the world and also touched on the role of artificial intelligence and virtual reality in online dispute resolution. Participants received a tour of the law school and enjoyed a dinner in the Lon V. Smith Atrium.


Saturday’s program included discussions on the latest developments in cross-border mediations and the role of faith and culture in ADR. Participants were able to present papers that will be selected for publication by an international journal. All events were held at the Drescher Campus, and the event was attended by students from across the campus, including a cohort of students from the online law program.