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Straus’ Future Includes International Strategic Alliances A clear difference in the ADR landscape over the last 30 years is the amount of international interest. In 1986 ADR was fighting for respect in the US. Over the last 30 years, ADR has proven to be a valuable resource for courts, lawyers, administrative agencies, the insurance industry, businesses, and communities. Straus’ visibility from the U.S. News & World Report rankings has resulted in a multitude of international opportunities. Straus has decided the emphasis for its international efforts will be on creating long-term strategic relationships in five countries: Brazil, China, India, Korea, and Saudi Arabia. Straus is blessed to have professors and staff members with deep relationships in many of these countries.



Brazil’s ADR development is progressing at a rapid pace, including the enactment of Brazil’s Law of Mediation and the new Code of Civil Procedure in 2015. Consequently, Brazil has experienced the need for ADR educational programs and events. This need has provided the Straus Institute with exciting opportunities to partner with various governmental, academic, and institutional organizations.

Straus’ efforts to connect with Chinese organizations interested in ADR has largely focused on the Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC) and numerous universities.

The Straus Institute has cooperated to offer various educational programs with the following entities: • Tribunal Regional do Trabalho (Labor/Employment Tribunal) of a few states • Conselho Nacional de Justiça (National Council of Justice) • Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil (Brazilian Bar Association) • AJURIS (magistrate school) and • Two prominent universities Straus will continue to play an active role in the advancement of dispute resolution methods in Brazil in order to support and assure the development of qualified, competent, and efficient professionals in the area. The goal is to provide a more efficient strategy for dealing with the incredible amount of litigation cases inundating Brazil’s judiciary. Marcelo Rosadilla, a native Brazilian attorney and Straus assistant director, leads Straus’ efforts in Brazil. 4

The most involved relationship has been with the BAC. Over the years, Straus has provided weeklong mediation programs for BAC-affiliated arbitrators and judges invited by Straus. also partnered with BAC to teach a one-week course on how to teach mediation for law professors from across China. BAC has sponsored a Straus LLM scholarship and also has hired some of its LLM graduates as BAC staff. Finally, Straus visits Chinese universities annually on recruiting trips organized by the Fulbright Program and similar organizations. It has attended LLM fairs and made presentations to students at three universities in Beijing, three universities in Shanghai, two universities in Wuhan, and two universities in Guangzhou. Straus assistant director Sarah Gonzales grew up in China, speaks Mandarin, and has traveled annually to the country to promote Straus and develop a presence from which future university partnerships will be developed.

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