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Professor Thomas J. Stipanowich, Dean of Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University, School of Law, visited the Peking University Law School and Held a Theme Lecture

On the morning of March 5, 2018, Professor Thomas J. Stipanowich,the academic dean of Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University, School of Law, visited the Peking University Law School. The dean Zhang Shouwen, A.P. Gao Wei, Liu Zhewei, Lecturer Cao Zhixun and the Assistant Dean in foreign affairs office, Li Yuanyuan, gave a warm reception to the visiting guests at the National Double court, and the two sides had a friendly meeting.

The Dean Zhang Shouwen welcomed professor Stipanowich representing the Peking University Law School. Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University, School of Law has enjoyed a high reputation in the field of arbitration and dispute resolution in the United States and the whole world. The Peking University Law School also pays great attention to the research and teaching work in this field, not only has set up a dispute settlement research center, many scholars have engaged in relevant theoretical research, but also established close cooperative relations with domestic arbitration institutions such as CIETA and Beijing Arbitration Comission. In addition, communication and communication with Singapore, Britain and other international dispute settlement bodies are also carried out. At the 120th anniversary anniversary of Peking University, the two sides will further explore the cooperation mode and achieve fruitful cooperation results.

Professor Thomas J. Stipanowich thanked Dean Zhang Shouwen for his warm reception. It is very beneficial and important for Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution to establish an in-depth and friendly cooperative relationship with Peking University law school. He praised highly the academic research and foreign exchange achievements of Peking University law school. The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution has nearly 40 related courses per semester, and has established a relatively rich degree and communication program. In the future, they hope to strengthen exchanges with students and teachers of the Peking University, welcome scholars from Peking University Law School for academic visits, and look forward to collaborating with scholars of the Peking University on how legal culture and traditions affect dispute resolution. The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and he himself are very willing to conduct in-depth and extensive dialogue and cooperation with Peking University Law School.





Then, Professor Thomas J. Stipanowich held a lecture on the theme of “What Chinese Lawyers and Companies Should Know About U.S. Practices and Perspectives on Resolving Disputes”at Room 307 of the (Leo) Koguan Building. The lecture was presided over by A.P. Gao Wei, the Peking University Law School.

Professor Stipanowich's lecture was introduced from "Is there a better dispute resolution method". From Abraham Lincoln, the former president of the United States, and Gandhi, the leader of the national liberation movement in India, he talked about the view of the lawsuit. He introduced that in today's commercial society, the result of entering the trial and obtaining the judge's referee is no longer the purpose of the lawsuit. Litigation has become the background and environmental presupposition for resolving disputes between two sides. Professor Stipanowich's theory of dispute resolution emphasizes the basic position of the negotiation in the process of dispute settlement. whether you are a lawyer or a in-house lawyer,as the agent of a party, in the process of litigation, arbitration or mediation, it is necessary to have the consciousness of changing the mind at any time in the process of dispute settlement, and will be able to take the initiative in the process of dispute settlement. Negotiations are combined with other ways to solve disputes in real time for customers, which he calls "liti-gotiation" and "arbi-gotiation".

In addition, Professor Stipanowich also introduced how to convert the competitive dispute resolution into a cooperative dispute resolution. And he explained that in an era of rapid development of electronic commerce, lawyers should not only master laws and apply laws, but also learn to transform thinking and control negotiations, so as to achieve the enrichment of this professional role.

A.P. Gao Wei made comments on Professor Stipanowich's lecture. Many of Professor Stipanowich's views are very inspiring, especially in his impressive position on the position of lawyers in the era of rapid development of science and technology. In the foreseeable future, lawyers not only need to be able to use legal knowledge to allow customers to obtain the approval of the referees, but also to master more extensive negotiating skills, so that customers can take advantage of the negotiation with each other and meet the customers' interests more qui

Finally, the students who participated in the lectures asked the guests on the international engineering dispute settlement practice, the neutrality of the arbitrators, the artificial intelligence and the solution of the network dispute, and Professor Stipanowich explained in detail one by one.

This event is not only a deep academic exchange between the faculty and students of Peking University and the professor of Strauss dispute settlement college in the United States, which has expanded the international vision of the faculty and students of the law school, deepened the understanding of the dispute settlement of this important field, and provided new ideas and new horizons for China's dispute resolution. It also provides favorable opportunities for further cooperation between the two sides in personnel training and academic exchanges, and helps to enhance the internationalization level of the Peking University Law School.





Translated by: Sun Dianjing

Edited by: Wang Chenhuan

Date: 2018-03-06