The Berlin Program is a unique joint venture between Tulane Law School and Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. The two-week program focuses on alternative dispute resolution in a cross-cultural setting.
Program Dates: July 21 - August 2, 2024
The Berlin Program is a unique joint venture between Tulane Law School and Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. The two-week program focuses on alternative dispute resolution in a cross-cultural setting. Three credit hours involve a combination of workshops, role-play exercises, lectures and other presentations. Optional components cover the mediation of political disputes such as peacekeeping, constitutional transition and labor disputes as well as international arbitration. The program qualifies for experiential learning credit at Tulane.
Lectures and small group sessions provide training in both the theory and basic skills of negotiation and mediation. One major objective is to develop these skills in cross-cultural transactions involving participants of different nationalities and diverging expectations. Even experienced mediators in the U.S., where the use of mediation has advanced rapidly in recent years, encounter unexpected pitfalls when interacting with parties from different cultures. These situations often arise both inside countries as diverse as America and in the many international transactions that occur across the globe every day.
The program is located at Humboldt University in the heart of Berlin. Founded over 200 years ago, Humboldt ranks among the top ten of German universities. Uniquely cosmopolitan with cultural attractions that few other cities can match, Berlin is described as one of the undiscovered locations in Europe. The city is full of excellent museums, historical sites, outstanding contemporary architecture and good restaurants at reasonable prices. Past participants have greatly enjoyed Berlin's vibrant nightlife and avant-garde art scene.
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The Academic Course: Intercultural Negotiation and Mediation (three credits)
Detailed Course Description
Substantive lectures on the theory and practice of negotiation and mediation are presented to all students in joint sessions. However, most of the course is conducted in a workshop setting with role-play exercises in small groups with a maximum of 20 students and two or three faculty members. Students are assigned to the small sections by nationality so that exercises are ideally conducted by participants from different countries. The lectures and small sections provide standard training in both the theory and basic skills of negotiation and mediation.
The Program focuses on negotiation during the first week and mediation in the second week. Classes are generally scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with small breaks during the day and a 90-minute break for lunch.
Students receive a Certificate of Advanced Study and Training in Mediation and a Certificate of Advanced Study and Training in Dispute Resolution. The 40 hours of mediation training meet one of the key requirements to become a certified mediator in Louisiana and a number of other states in the U.S. Note that certification requirements vary by state and country.
Supplemental Academic Activities
Optional lectures on arbitration and the mediation of political disputes are offered after regular class hours. The afternoon lectures in the first week of the program provide a mini-course on international arbitration. Academics and practitioners with substantial theoretical and practical expertise in the field present the fundamentals and contemporary issues of international commercial arbitration. An optional component that focuses on the mediation of political conflicts is offered in the second week. This part of the program complements the introduction to the core elements of ADR. International experts introduce participants to the characteristics and dynamics of political disputes and share their firsthand experience in the management of constitutional transition, peacekeeping missions, labor disputes, conflicts over environmental protection, and other highly controversial and public processes. Teaching formats include lectures, panel discussions and case studies.
Reading materials, the class schedule and syllabus, past and present faculty bios, photographs from past programs, Berlin maps, and general information about the city will be made available via Canvas or sent to non-TLS participants by email ahead of the Program.
Admitted students will receive access to the program’s WhatsApp group. Students should utilize this WhatsApp group to receive announcements from the director during the program. Students can also use this platform to connect with other admitted students prior to the start of the program.
A maximum of 60 students are admitted through Tulane on a first-come basis. Please apply early to ensure your spot. Additional students are admitted through Humboldt.
Accommodations are not offered through the program. Please utilize the Berlin Housing Recommendations, which provides names of hotels, hostels and apartments at various price ranges (this information is continuously updated). The Apartments am Brandenburger Tor has been the most popular housing choice for the past five years. Admitted students will receive access to the program’s WhatsApp group. Students may use this platform to connect and coordinate with potential roommates prior to the start of the program. Students should utilize this WhatsApp group to receive updates from faculty during the program.
The Berlin Program offers a wide variety of social and cultural activities. A fixed meeting point at a hip location is organized every day of the program. Students receive a calendar of activities upon arrival in Berlin but here is a preview of what to expect:
You should arrive in Berlin no later than July 21 and depart no earlier than August 3. The final exam is scheduled for 6 p.m. on August 2. Please note the exam cannot be rescheduled.
Students are responsible for all travel and strongly advised to purchase travel insurance. We recommend researching ticket prices early via competing travel search engines to find the most competitive fares.
Family members and friends are cordially invited to participate in all activities except the academic course. Please let the Program Director know that they are coming.
U.S. and Canadian citizens (and citizens of any other country that has a visa-waiver agreement with Germany) will not require a visa for the Berlin Program due to the short time period you will be abroad. If you are uncertain about your eligibility to travel without a visa due to your nationality or due to the duration of your travel, you should inquire about the applicable visa prerequisites at a German Consulate-General in your home country. Further information can also be obtained at the website of the German Foreign Ministry.
The Berlin Program is conducted entirely in English. Fluency in English is a prerequisite for all students. Students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to acquire basic German language skills before arriving in Berlin but this is not essential as most people you encounter in Germany will understand and be able to respond in English.
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