On November 6, Russell D. Niles Professor of Law Oscar Chase will present the keynote speech at Fordham University School of Law’s 4th Annual Alternative Dispute Resolution Symposium, “The Relationship Between Culture and Disputing Processes.”

Chase, author of the 2005 book Law, Culture, and Ritual: Disputing Systems in Cross-Cultural Context, will discuss both U.S. and non-Western disputing procedures, and the connection between culture—understood as the traditional ideas, norms, and values widely shared by a society and through which that society attaches meaning to existence —and the rules people use to govern their disputes. The symposium will continue with a panel discussion of the topics raised by Chase’s lecture.

Chase, who this summer served as co-chair of the 2009 conference of the International Association of Procedural Law (IAPL) in Toronto, joins a group of previous speakers including Kenneth Feinberg ’70, special master for executive compensation under the Troubled Asset Relief Program; Lawrence Susskind of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals.

"I am very pleased that the Fordham Dispute Resolution Program will consider the important relationship between disputing and culture in its up-coming conference,” Chase says.  “The connection is critical, but too often ignored."

Posted on November 2, 2009