Phyllis Bernard to Present at Cardozo Law Symposium in November

Cardozo Law announces its fall 2011 symposium Culture, Religion and Conflict Resolution: What’s Identity and Faith Got To Do With It? to be held on November 8, 2011.

Confirmed speakers at the symposium include OCU LAW Professor and Founding Director of the Center on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Phyllis E. Bernard.  Prof. Bernard’s topic is titled: “Not Everything is Negotiable: Faith, Culture and International Business Transactions.” This topic has been at the center of her work in recent years with particular focus on Islamic cultural values and sub-Saharan African tribal traditions.

Prof. Bernard describes the lecture as follows:
In American commercial negotiation training and practice, one routinely hears that “everything is negotiable”; and its corollary, “everything has its price.” These assumptions may not apply globally; especially when operating in settings where faith traditions (e.g., Islam) or tribal custom (e.g., sub-Saharan Africa) may play a greater role than abstract, generic law. The exciting challenge is to identify underlying (usually unspoken) interests and norms to find common ground upon which the parties can build a negotiated agreement that meets both traditional and modern needs.


Other presenters at the symposium include:

Kathy Bryan (CPR)
Pat K. Chew (University of Pittsburgh),
Jonathan Cohen (Florida)
Alphonso David (Civil Rights Bureau, Office of the NYS Attorney General/Cardozo)
Brad Heckman (New York Peace Institute),
Jane Juliano (Georgetown)
Alan Gross (Mediators Beyond Borders)
Terrence Oved (Oved & Oved)
E. Peter Phillips (Business Conflict Management/NYU)
Andrea Kupfer Schneider (Marquette)
Sukhsimranjit Singh (Willamette)

For more on OCU LAW’s Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution, click here.