Depolarizing Conflict – Within Iraq and Other Hard Places

Date:  Sunday, January 10, 2010
Speaker:  Hiram E. Chodosh

Hiram E. Chodosh was appointed the new Dean of the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah in July 2006. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Joseph C. Hostetler – Baker & Hostetler Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Dean Chodosh received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.A. from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

Dean Chodosh is considered one of the world’s leading experts in global justice reform, with a particular focus on the reform of judicial systems. He has recently began publishing the Law Across Borders book series with Aspen Publishing and has authored over 25 major articles or book chapters with leading journals and publishers, and over 30 reports on reform challenges and strategies in judicial systems throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

In this presentation, Dean Chodosh will draw on a wide range of field experience with legal reform in the Middle East (e.g., Iraq) and Asia (e.g., India) to make critical observations about the underlying nature of different types of conflict in the world today. These range from daily conflicts over limited resources, e.g., water, energy and land to cross-border conflicts in an era of globalization, and even to high conflict resulting from sectarian violence. Dean Chodosh will assess our collective capacity for managing these conflicts and set forth the communication, negotiation, and legal strategies and principles (at local, national, and international levels) that hold the greatest promise for resolving them.

Recommended Reading and Resources:

The 18th Camel: Mediating Mediation Reform in India, 9 GERMAN LAW JOURNAL 251 (2008)
Globalizing the U.S. Legal Curriculum: The Saja Paradigm, 37 U.C. DAVIS LAW REVIEW 843 (2004)
Local Mediation in Advance of Armed Conflict, 19 OHIO STATE JOURNAL ON DISPUTE RESOLUTION 213 (2003)
Short Essays
From Zero-Sum Conflicts to Federalism: Iraqis Offer the International Community a Way Forward, DAILY STAR (July 9, 2009) (also published in G8 MAGAZINE, August, 2009)
The Justice Capacity Gap, G8 MAGAZINE (July 2008) (with James Holbrook)