Faculty 2019

Several outstanding faculty members from the U.S., Australia, Germany and other European countries will teaching the courses and give lectures in the afternoons or evenings on arbitration and other ADR topics at the 21th International Summer School on Dispute Resolution 2019. More...



Past Faculty

The past programs e.g. have been taught inter alia by the following professors:


Chris G. Abele, LL.M. (Brussels),

started his carreer as a banker and then studied business law, international relations and philosophy. After positions held in consulting firms and the federal administration he works for the last two years as business consultant for international media and art projects. He is working on integration and conflict management cases and as executive producer. As mediator he is practicing at the Berlin Institute of Mediation. In addition, Abele holds on the office as peace judge.


Prof. Dr. Nadja Alexander

Director of ADR and Practice at the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Prof. Alexander has extensive experience as a mediation practitioner, researcher, trainer and educational consultant in Australia, Europe, the United States and most recently, the Asia/Pacific region. She is the editor of the book series Global Trends in Mediation and editor for international mediation for the World Arbitration and Mediation Report. Prof. Alexander has authored many books and articles on negotiation and mediation.
Well known for her innovation, energy and creativity in teaching and training, Prof. Alexander has won awards for curriculum design and teaching innovation including the inaugural Australian national award for university teaching in law (1997).
In 2006 Prof. Alexander was granted a Humboldt Research Fellowship to focus on international and comparative mediation.


Prof. Adam Babich, J.D. (Yale)

is a associate Professor of Law at Tulane Law School. He teaches environmental law and directs the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic. Before joining the Tulane faculty, he was a Chicago-based litigator whose practice emphasized environmental and insurance-related disputes. He has also served as an environmental enforcement lawyer for the Colorado Attorney General, as adjunct attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund, as editor-in-chief of the Environmental Law Reporter, and as a judicial law clerk for the Colorado Supreme Court. He has taught at Georgetown University Law Center, American University, and the University of Denver and has an extensive publications record.


Paul Barron, (University of Pennsylvania)

is The Class of 1937 Professor of Law at Tulane University.  He teaches Negotiation & Mediation Advocacy and commercial law.  He had been an active arbitrator and mediator for many years, serving on the labor and commercial panels of the American Arbitration Association and the labor panel of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.  Professor Barron is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators.


Gary B. Born, J.D. (Univ. of Pennsylvania),

attorney at law, partner in the law firm "WilmerHale". He is universally regarded as one of the world's preeminent authorities on international commercial arbitration and international litigation. He heads the firm's international arbitration practice and has been ranked for the past decade as one of the world's leading arbitration practitioners. Author of "International Civil Litigation in United States Courts" and "International Commercial Arbitration in the United States", two standard treatises.


Dr. Greg Bond,

Greg Bond was born in the UK and has lived in Germany for over twenty years. He teaches mediation, negotiation and cross-cultural communication in commercial law, management and MBA programs at the Technical University of Wildau, near Berlin, Germany. He works as a mediator and moderator, particularly in workplace mediation and corporate team development, and as a mediation trainer. He also trains professionals in peer coaching. In his university work, he has worked on intensive cross-cultural training programs with international students in Austria, China, Finland, France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Poland, Russia, and the USA. He has a master’s in mediation from the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt / Oder, and a PhD in German literature. He has published widely on mediation, including a casebook, Mediation Practice: 8 Cultures, 16 Cases, 128 Creative Solutions (Paris: ICC, 2016), and a book of training roleplays, International Commercial Mediation Role-Plays (ed. with Colin J Wall; Paris: ICC, 2015), and he also writes on contemporary literature www.bond-bond.de; www.th-wildau.de/bond.


Prof. Dr. Stephan Breidenbach,

University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, habilitated about Mediation. Honorary professor at the University Vienna, Visiting fellow, Center for European Law, King´s College London. He is one of the best known scholars in Germany in the field of ADR, author of some essential books like: "Mediation", Köln 1995, and together with M. Henssler: "Mediation für Juristen", Köln, 1997

Dr. Dörte Busch, LL.M. (Wales)

Rechtsanwältin and trained mediator, Partner of Busch & Meyer, a boutique law firm specialized in medical law. She is working at the Institut für Anwaltsrecht teaching negotiation, mediation and drafting contracts. She is a specialized lawyer in medical law, primarily working in the fields of pharmaceutical and health law implementing her ADR skills to help her clients.a lawyer and practicing mediator focusing primarily on business mediation, employment dispute resolution and health care mediation. Her professional experience includes business and family mediation in cross-border disputes. She teaches mediation and ADR skills at various universities and conducts trainings for legal trainees and practitioners.

Claudia Conrad, LL.M. (Exeter)

Rechtsanwältin / Mediator, studied public finances in Berlin and law in Berlin, Madrid and Paris. She is a trained Mediator teaching Mediation classes at Humboldt-University.


Katie Deuschl

is a lawyer and practicing mediator focusing primarily on business mediation, employment dispute resolution and health care mediation. Her professional experience includes business and family mediation in cross-border disputes. She teaches mediation and ADR skills at various universities and conducts trainings for legal trainees and practitioners.

Katie holds a law degree from the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and was trained at the Heidelberger Institut für Mediation and Heidelberg University. Her work experience includes working for Human Rights Watch in Washington, DC and for a Chinese NGO in Beijing

Prof. Dr. Horst Eidenmüller, LL.M. (Cambridge)

is one of the internationally leading scholars on Alternative Dispute Resolution and Professor of Law at Munich University where he holds a Chair for Corporate Law and Corporate Bankruptcy. He is the founding director of the Center for Negotiation and Mediation (CVM) at that University and former scholar of the Project on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. Eidenmüller has an extensive mediation and arbitration experience and publishes extensively on these issues. Both academically and practically, he is recognized as one of the leading voices in the field.


Arno Eisen, LL.M. (NUS / NYU)

is a lawyer at Neff-Legal practising in the fields of commercial law, international litigation and arbitration. He studied law at Humboldt University and University of Erlangen. His main field of interest is International Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Tax Law and International Commercial Arbitration. He worked as research assistant at the Institut für Anwaltsrecht.

Prof. Dr. Siegfried Elsing, LL.M. (Yale)

has been working as a lawyer in Cologne, New York and Düsseldorf. He has been involved in numerous arbitrations, both as a counsel and as an arbitrator.
He is an adjunct professor at the University of Düsseldorf.


Prof. Dr. Jörg Fedtke

educated in Zambia, the Philippines, and Germany, he holds the A.N. Yiannopoulos Professorhip in Comparative Law at Tulane Law
School. He is an expert in public law, tort law, and comparative methodology. Based at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria he completed an extensive analysis of the legal transplants in South Africa's Constitutions of 1993 and 1996. Within the framework of the 'Democratisation Assistance Programme' of the German Foreign Office, Professor Fedtke has provided expert advice on questions of constitutionalism to members of the Iraqi National Assembly and, in the context of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), for the Office of Constitutional Support (OCS) of the United Nations Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Alexander Foerster, M.C.L (Stockholm)

Rechtsanwalt and Swedish Advokat. Partner of Mannheimer Swartling (Frankfurt Office). He has been working in the field of International Arbitration and Litigation for many years in particular with German and Swedish clients.


Bobby Harges, LLM (Harvard)

is the Adams and Reese Distinguished Professor of Law at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law where he teaches dispute resolution, torts, evidence, sports law, and criminal law. An attorney, active mediator and arbitrator in Louisiana and Mississippi since 1990, Professor Harges has mediated and arbitrated over 1000 cases of all types. Professor Harges has trained lawyers, judges, mental health professionals, and various
other professionals to be qualified mediators and arbitrators. He has also worked with numerous companies in the USA in training
employees and managers to be mediators and in designing employment dispute resolution programs. He received his initial mediation training with the American Arbitration Association and the Harvard Mediation Program


Philip J. Harter, J.D. (Michigan)

Earl F. Nelson Professor of Law at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Specialized in the use of dispute resolution by government agencies. Director of the Program on Consensus, Democracy and Governance at the Vermont Law School.
He has mediated many complex matters involving public policy and was a principal draftsman of the Negotiated Rulemaking Act and of the Administrative Dispute Resolution Act as well as official observer for the Section of Administrative Law to the Uniform Mediation Act. Served as Chair of the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice of the American Bar Associationa certified mediator.

Christian Hartwig

works free-lance as mediator and instructor for mediation. For both he is certified according to the standards of ,Bundesverband Mediation' the umbrella organization for mediation in Germany (BM).
He studied law at Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, ÈLTE Budapest and Humboldt University Berlin. He serves as a mediator in community, family and commercial disputes in Germany and visited the Dispute Resolution Center of Victoria, Australia and different mediation centers in the US.
He conducts various conflict resolution programs nationally and mediation training programs for children, students and adults on a regular basis. Thereby he focuses on the neutral and empathic role of the mediator with mindfulness approaches. Additionally he lectures at Humboldt University Berlin and the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg.
He is also active for the organizational development of the BM and works as the representative of this organization in the German
state of Saxony-Anhalt on a voluntary basis.


Julie H. Jackson, JD (Harvard)

Assistant dean for public interest programs and adjunct professor of law at Tulane teaching mediation and serving as a mediator in employment discrimination cases. Before joining Tulane’s faculty she practiced labor and employment law. Dean Jackson has estab-lished and oversees the Community Service Program of Tulane Law School, the first mandatory pro bono program at an American law school and coordinated the New Orleans EEOC Pilot Mediation Program.


Christopher Kee

LL.B B.A.(Hons)(Deakin), Grad Dip Laws (UQ), Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Courts of Victoria, New South Wales and the High Court of Australia, Senior Research Assistant Universität Basel, Lecturer Deakin University, Executive Committee Member - Australasian Forum for International Arbitration (AFIA), Member of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) Rules Drafting Committee, published extensively within the field of international commercial arbitration.


Kimberlee K. Kovach, J.D. (Capital University); BS (Ohio State),

Professor at the University of Texas School of Law. She is director of the mediation clinic at the University of Texas School of Law.
She is a past chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, and has also chaired state and local bar association ADR Committees and Sections, as well as various
dispute resolution organizations.
She is the author of a text book for law school use, Mediation: Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition, published in 2000 and has also written several articles on ADR topics.


Lela Porter Love, J.D. (Georgetown),

Professor of Law and director of the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (NYC) and the Cardozo's Mediation Clinic. Specializes in community, employment, family, human rights, school-based and commercial cases. Serves on the Council of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section and the NYS Unified Court System Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee. Served as a trainer and consultant to established trainee programs for mediation in several states of the USA.


Moti Mordehai Mironi
Ph.D. (Cornell), M.A. (University of Minnesota), LL.B (Hebrew University),

Professor of Law at Haifa University, Faculty of Law, Visiting Professor at Humboldt University Faculty of Law and Visiting researcher at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. Formerly he was a Visiting Professor at Cornell University and USC Law School. Prof. Mironi's areas of teaching and research include mediation, negotiation, A.D.R., arbitration, labor and employment law. He has published many books and articles in these fields. His recent article entitled «Mediation v. Case Settlement: The Unsettling Relations between Mediation and Courts – A Case Study» will be published shortly in the Harvard Negotiation Law Review. Prof. Mironi has successfully mediated and arbitrated major disputes including international and domestic commercial disputes, nationwide labor and employment disputes, as well as large public policy and community disputes. He serves on the mediation panel of WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) and Milan Chamber of Commerce.

Forrest “Woody” Mosten

has been in private mediation practice since 1979. He is an experienced master mediation trainer. He teaches mediation as a member of the faculty of the UCLA School of Law and within the Dispute Resolution Program at Pepperdine School of Law. He published extensively on mediation. In addition to his work as a neutral, Mr. Mosten maintains an active practice as a family lawyer. He practices with a collaborative and problem solving model and has trained Collaborative Lawyers throughout the world and serves as a negotiation and mediation consultant for other family litigators. For his achievements he received numerous awards. For further information click here…

Prof. Dr. Andreas Nelle, M.P.A. (Harvard)

Rechtsanwalt and partner at the law firm Raue LLP. Professor at Humboldt-University of Berlin law faculty. He worked on the "Harvard Project on Negotiation". Practicing mediator, member of the ADR Section of the German Bar Association. Published extensively in the field of ADR. Together with Prof. Eidenmüller, he has developed a training program on negotiation for students and practitioners.

Dr. Constantin Olbrisch

Rechtsanwalt and Mediator with a focus on workplace dispute resolution / mediation and employment law. He is partner of the mediation-firm "Kanzlei für Verhandlungsmanagement und Mediation" in Berlin. Further he is responsible for the "Zentrum für Betriebs- und Sozialpartnerschaft" of the Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance. He lectures at the Hertie School of Governance, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Universität Rostock, the Kammergericht Berlin (Regional Higher Court of Berlin), at the academy for judges of Brandenburg and the ministries of justice of Berlin and Mecklenburg-Pomerania. Subjects of his teaching and trainings are: "Cooperation and Strategies among employers and employees", cooperative negotiation tactics, business-mediation and "value-based leadership"


Elisabeth Opie BA LLB (Hons) LLM GAICD

is a technology lawyer with extensive experience in cross-border business transactions and disputes. During a 16-year career at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, she held senior executive management positions and received a number of awards, including the Australian Young Corporate Lawyer of the Year, Business Excellence Awards, and a Strategic Excellence Award. Elisabeth has been guest lecturer at Monash University and Deakin University in Australia, in the areas of international trade law, intellectual property commercialization, and e-commerce. She is co-founder of the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration and currently serves on its Executive Board.


Prof. Dr. Christoph G. Paulus, LL.M. (Berkeley),

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Main focus on civil procedure, international civil litigation, bankrupcy-law. Author of a standard text book on civil procedure.


David L. Patrón, BA (Princeton), JD (Stanford)

attorney at law, partner in the commercial litigation group in the New Orleans office of the law firm Phelps Dunbar LLP. Adjunct Faculty at Tulane Law School teaching ADR-Classes. Past Chairman of the Louisiana Bar Association’s Mediation Registry.

William R. Pitts, J.D. (Tulane)

Mr. Pitts has been a trial lawyer in New Orleans since 1969. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has been an adjunct and visiting professor of law at the Tulane Law School and Ohio State University College of Law and has taught negotiation, mediation and ADR system design since 1983.

Mr. Pitts has been engaged in a private dispute resolution practice for the past 14 years and has mediated and arbitrated more than 1100 cases. He has taught intercultural negotiation and mediation at this program for the past five years.

He is a graduate of the Tulane Law School and the Harvard Negotiation Program.


Daniel Q. Posin, J.D. (Yale),

professor of Law at Tulane Law School. He teaches corporations, tax, business planning, and International Business Transactions. He is author of the “Hornbook on Federal Income Taxation” and “Corporate Tax Planning: Takeovers, leveraged Buyouts and Restructurings

Matthias R. Prause, LL.M. (Harvard)

received his law degree from Humboldt-University Berlin and is a graduate of Harvard Law School’s LL.M. program. He served as training director of the Harvard Negotiators at Harvard Law School, where he worked together with ADR Pioneer Professor Frank E.A. Sander on the development of the Mediation Receptivity Index (MRI). He is a trained mediator and worked within the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP) as a court mediator at Quincy District Court in the Commenwealth of Massachusetts. He is currently researching and publishing on various aspects of ADR and teaches mediation and negotiation.


Sharon Press, J.D. (George Washington)

Professor Sharon Press ist the director of the Dispute Resolution Institute of Hamline University. She served as director of the Florida Dispute Resolution Center for 18 years and has been an adjunct professor, teaching mediation theory and general ADR survey courses at Florida State University College of Law, Hamline University School of Law, Capital University Law School and the University of Nevada Las Vegas Law School. She received the Mary Parker Follett Award for Excellence and Innovation in Dispute Resolution presented by the Association for Conflict Resolution and the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution's Special Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field and Future of Dispute Resolution. She is a Florida Supreme Court certified county and family mediator and also has mediated in a number of community mediation centers in Florida and New York. She is the co-author of the ADR textbook: “Mediation Theory and Practice”.  She serves on the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution's Legal Education Committee and served on the committee that re-drafted the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators (2005) which have been adopted by the American Bar Association, the American Arbitration Association and the Association for Conflict Resolution. She has worked with numerous states throughout the U.S. contemplating the use of court-connected mediation. Internationally, she has done work in Haiti, Argentina, Uruguay, Hungary, Jordan, and the Caribbean.

Dr. Tom Christopher Pröstler, LL.M. (Sydney),

is a lawyer in the litigation department of CMS Hasche Sigle in Munich. He studied law at Humboldt- University of Berlin, the Université de Genève, the Université de
Lausanne, the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney, where he did his LL.M. degree specializing in international arbitration, litigation and mediation. He worked at the Chair of Prof. Windbichler at Humboldt-University where he completed his doctorate with a focus on his second specialization, international and comparative collective labor law. He teaches courses in both of these areas.


Hilmar Raeschke-Kessler, LL.M. (Chicago),

Hilmar Raeschke-Kessler studied law at the Universities of Bonn and Goettingen and the University of Chicago Law School (LL.M.). Since 1986, he has been a Rechtsanwalt beim Bundesgerichtshof admitted to the bar of the German Federal Supreme Court (31 members only), where he is specializing on the representation of clients in cases related to the annulment or enforcement proceedings of arbitral awards. He also serves as a Lecturer on International Arbitration at the University of Cologne.
Mr. Raeschke-Kessler has an extensive Professional Experience as Arbitrator: Since 1985, he served in numerous international and
domestic arbitrations under the ICC, DIS, ad hoc and other arbitration regimes.
According to the ranking of the Euromoney Legal Media Group “The Best of the Best 2003”, Hilmar Raeschke-Kessler belongs to the 25 leading arbitrators worldwide (of which 3 are from Germany). Mr. Raeschke-Kessler is a Past Vice Chair of the IBA Committee on Arbitration (Committee D), a Past Member of the IBA working group on the IBA Rules of Evidence of 1999, a Board Member of the German Arbitration Institution (DIS), a Vice President of the German branch of the International Law Association (ILA), a Member of the ICC Commission on International Arbitration, a Vice President of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


Timothy Ray, JD (Loyola, New Orleans),

Started his career as a musician and has toured the globe extensively performing with several jazz, gospel, and classical artists. He has held junior and senior positions in many political and policy
campaigns. After completing his studies at Loyola University, College of Law, he started his own firm, Timothy Ray & Associates, a communications and management firm. His firm provides counsel in:
Negotiation and Mediation, Crisis Management, Communications, Litigation Support, Campaign Management, and recently began an Artist Management division. He also serves as the Communications Director for a judicial candidate in the state of Louisiana and is the Fundraising Director of the Tremé Market Branch.


Alan Scott Rau, LL.B. (Harvard),

Robert F. Windfohr & Anne Burnett Windfohr Professor of Law at the University of Texas, teaches and writes in the areas of contracts, alternative dispute resolution, copyright and unfair competition. He has been an active arbitrator for many years serving on the Commercial and International Panels of the American Arbitration Association. He is a co-author of a widely used casebook on Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has also published several other books and many articles in this field, e.g. “Processes of Dispute Resolution: The Role of Lawyers”, “ADR and Arbitration: Statutes and Commentary".


Leonard L. Riskin J.D. (NYU); LL.M. (Yale),

Leedy Professor of Law and Director of The Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri. He is one of the most respected experts on ADR in the United States, having authored several books and articles in the area, directing one of the leading centers for the study of ADR in the U.S., and formerly serving as chair of the Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution for the American Association of Law Schools.

Dr. Nils Schmidt-Ahrendts

Rechtsanwalt, studied Law at the Universities of Freiburg (Germany) and Grenoble (France). Completing his doctoral thesis on damages under the CISG he worked as an assistant to Professor Dr. Günter Hager at the Institute for Foreign and International Private Law in Freiburg (Germany). In addition, he completed an internship with the ICC in Paris and worked for the arbitration departments of Dr. Klaus Sachs (CMS Munich), Dr. Inka Hanefeld (FKH Hamburg) and Dr. Henning Bälz (Hengeler Mueller Berlin). Nils is a lecturer for international Arbitration and International Sales Law at the University of Freiburg and a member of the Young Arbitrator's Initiative of the German Institution for Arbitration (DIS40).

Karl-Michael Schmidt

Rechtsanwalt, Director Institut für Anwaltsrecht der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Adjunct Professor College of Law and Justice Victoria University, Melbourne. He has taught various classes on negotiation, mediation and arbitration at Humboldt-University and other academic institutions for the past 17 years. He is co-director of the Berlin Program. His academic work at the "Institut für Anwaltsrecht", is focused especially on ADR in private law, mediation, comparative law, international sales and corporate law and international arbitration.

Dr. Mareike Schmidt, LL.M. (Tsinghua)

Mareike studied law at the University of Würzburg, Humboldt-University of Berlin and Tsinghua University in Beijing. Before she took her position at the University of Hamburg, she worked at the Chair of Prof. Dr. Oliver Remien in Würzburg, the Institute of the Legal Profession in Berlin, the law firm of von Langsdorff, Schlegel und Weidenbach and the Chair of Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Schwenzer in Basel, where she was in charge of coordinating the 3rd Edition of the Schlechtriem/Schwenzer Commentary on the CISG.


Prof. Dr. Ulrich G. Schroeter,

Professor at the University of Mannheim. He studied Law at the University of Freiburg (Germany) and the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), and had been an assistant to Professor Dr. Dr. hc. mult. Schlechtriem in Freiburg. Before studying law he worked as a banker in Bremen. He holds the degree of Doctor of Laws (Dr. iur.) from the Freie Universität Berlin.
Before starting his Habilitation-Thesis at the Chair of Professor Merkt in Freiburg, he was a Rechtsanwalt admitted to the Berlin Bar and a Lecturer at the Institut für Anwaltsrecht at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Dr. Schroeter has published articles on international trade law, EU law, contract law and international commercial arbitration. He is a member of the Young Arbitrator's Initiative (DIS40) in the German Institution for Arbitration and of the Young International Arbitration Group of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).


Dipl.-Psych. Hans-Jörg Schwarz,

owner of an ADR firm active in all fields of mediation. Mediating in several cases in Austria and Germany, he is specialized in family and business mediation with a main focus on the succession in partnership within companies. He is a lecturer at various universities and has published extensively within the field of ADR.


Matthew Secomb,

Counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris. Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Solicitor in England and Wales. Mr. Secomb is a Lecturer on International Commercial Arbitration at Queen’s University, Ontario, and has served as speaker at various conferences and guest lecturer at various universities. He is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, Deakin University (Australia) and the Hague Academy of Private International Law.

Edward Sherman, LL.B., S.J.D. (Harvard)

Former Dean of the Tulane Law School. Nationally recognized expert in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Mediator for 14 years, co-author of casebook on Alternative Dispute Resolution widely used in American Law Schools, a treatise on ADR, and many articles. A chief drafter of the Texas ADR Act (1987) and the Louisiana Mediation Act (1997).



Sid Stahl

Sid Stahl spent 33 years as a successful attorney with the Dallas Law Firm of Geary, Stahl & Spencer, specializing in litigation, corporate, real estate, banking and securities.
In 1991, he established a solo practice in Mediation and Arbitration. In the past 17 years, he has mediated well over 1,600 civil cases with a settlement rate of 80%. Stahl has mediated nationwide in California, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico and New York, in addition to his busy practice in Texas.
Stahl serves as Adjunct Professor on the faculty of the Dedman School of Law at SMU, where he teaches dispute resolution. He has been a director of the Dallas Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas. He has served with distinction on the Dallas City Council, and as a board member of several agencies of the State of Texas.

Gernot Tölle, LL.M. (Tulane)

studied law at the University of Trier (Germany), University of Rome "La Sapienza" (Italy) and University of Potsdam (Germany). He holds an LL.M.-degree from Tulane Law School in New Orleans, LA, USA.

He is attorney-at-law admitted to the Berlin Bar and works as Legal Counsel for Bombardier Transportation, Group Contracts and Legal Affairs in Berlin. His main focus is ADR in corporate and business law. He tought various negotiation and meditation classes at Humboldt University and elsewhere.


Thomas M. Usdin, J.D. (Tulane),

An owner of ADR, Inc., an alternative dispute resolution firm, with offices throughout the state of Louisiana, he has mediated over 500 cases covering a wide spectrum of legal specialties. He is an Adjunct Professor at Tulane Law School and has authored numerous articles and essays on mediation.



Dr. Philipp K. Wagner, LL.M. (Emory),

is a German Attorney based in Berlin, and admitted to the New York Bar. He specializes in dispute resolution with a focus on arbitration, and has extensive experience in cross-border disputes and business transactions. Before Philipp opend his own firm he was a partner of a full service law firm in Berlin. He conducted over 30 arbitrations as
party counsel and arbitrator, including ICC, DIS, SCC, UNCITRAL and ad hoc tribunals, nearly 50 domestic and foreign state court
proceedings, and over 70 mostly cross-border transactions and investments in the echnology and real estate sector, including legal due diligence and setting up of businesses. He is a member of the supervisory boards of two listed real estate stock corporations.


Dr. Felix Wendenburg,

is a mediator, co-director of the core practice and research field "business" at the Institute for Conflict Management and academic vice director of the postgraduate master's program in mediation (both at the European University Viadrina). After graduating from Bucerius Law School in 2008, he worked as a research Associate and doctoral candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Law in Hamburg and received his mediation training at Bucerius Law School, the Lawyers' Chamber (Celle), Boston College Law School, Fordham University School of Law (New York) and the mediation program of the US District Court of Northern California. Felix Wendenburg has authored several publications on "interprofessionality" in mediation, the egal
framework of mediation and on law school grading policies.


Nancy Welsh, J.D. (Harvard),

Professor of Law at Penn State, Dickinson School of Law, teaching Civil Procedure, Negotiation/Mediation and  Conflict Resolution Theory. She is a leading scholar in the field of ADR focusing primarily on negotiation and court-connected and agency-connected mediation. She is the past executive director of Mediation Center and advised the Minnesota Supreme Court regarding the institutionalization of ADR in the state's courts. She is currently Chair of the ADR Section of the Association of American Law Schools and a member of the Governing Council of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. Before joining the faculty of Penn State, she practiced as corporate litigation lawyer. She mediates contract, employment and public policy matters; consults with courts on dispute resolution system design and evaluation; and trains attorneys and judges in mediation skills


Prof. Charlie Wilson, J.D. (New York University),

is a professor of law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.  He teaches Legal Negotiations & Settlement, Education Law, Labor Law, and Civil Procedure.  He has taught negotiations, alternative dispute resolution, and conflict management to lawyers and judges in Barcelona, Spain; Sapporo, Japan; Oxford, England; and Beijing, China.  Prior to joining the OSU law faculty in 1981, he was a labor lawyer in New York.  He has taught negotiations as a visiting professor at Loyola and Brooklyn law schools.  He frequently serves as a negotiations consultant and has been involved in the negotiation of more than 200 collective bargaining agreements.  He was recently named a Top Lawyer in the April edition of Columubus CEO and was recently presented with the Outstanding Citizen Award by the Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association for his service to the people of Ohio.


Prof. Dr. Joachim Zekoll, LL.M. (Berkeley),

A. D. Freeman Professor of Law, Tulane University School of Law, professor for civil law, civil procedure and comparative law at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Specialist in the areas of international civil litigation and comparative law. Has published extensively in both fields


Prof. Bruno Zeller, PhD (Univ.of Melbourne),

Professor of Transnational Commercial Law at the University of Western Australia. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University, Perth, a Fellow of the Australian Institute for Commercial Arbitration, Panel of Arbitrators – MLAANZ, Visiting Professor Institut fur Anwaltsrecht, Humboldt University, Berlin and
a Visiting Professor Stetson Law School, Florida as well as a member of the International Law Section of the Law Council of
Australia. His areas of expertise are International Trade Law, International Arbitration, Conflict of Laws and Maritime Law. He published extensively on the CISG, arbitration law, harmonisation of contract law and carbon Trading.