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EDHEC bolsters conflict resolution course with new partnership and expert lecturers

Students in EDHEC’s LLM Law and Tax Management programme will have some exciting learning opportunities in the year ahead, thanks in part to the participation of new lecturers, including top experts in international conflict resolution, and a new partnership with the Centre de Médiation et d’Arbitrage de Paris (CMAP).

Sophie Henry, General Secretary of CMAP, was on campus Wednesday to help kick off the “Strategies in Litigation, Arbitration and ADR” course. She was joined by top arbitrators Nicolas Simon, a legal director and business entrepreneur, and Pierre Duprey, an attorney and partner with the Paris law firm Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier.

At the start of the course, EDHEC Professor Christophe Roquilly, director of LegalEdhec Research Centre and co-director of the LLM Law and Tax Management programme, welcomed the participants and applauded the partnership with CMAP. “We are very pleased to be able to announce this new partnership between EDHEC and CMAP,” Roquilly said. “I hope that this is just the start of the many wonderful opportunities that will come of this relationship.”

Henry said that her organisation is also pleased to be partnering with EDHEC. “It’s great to be able to come into a classroom setting and get young people excited about the growing field of arbitration and mediation,” she said. CMAP was created by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1995 to settle commercial disputes outside of the court system. Today, it is recognised as the top French mediation and arbitration centre and is well-known and respected across Europe.

During the course Wednesday, Henry, Simon and Duprey gave students a general introduction to the world of conflict resolution. “At every step of the business process, there are possible legal conflicts,” explained Simon, who has worked for Go Sport, Schneider Electric, and Asystem. “Arbitration and mediation are tools that are very much in demand.”

Henry and Simon worked with students on two conflict resolution cases to help them to understand what is at stake in such situations. Duprey explained how egos, emotions, and cultural differences can sometimes complicate matters.

He told the class about a case involving a breach of contract by a Chinese firm that had been acquired by a French firm. He said the real problem was not with contractual obligations, but with the founder of the Chinese firm, who felt that the French managers weren’t paying him enough respect. “More than a legal conflict, this was a cultural conflict, and we had to treat it as such,” Duprey said.

In November, Patrick Van Leynseele, an attorney and partner at Dal & Veldekens law firm in Brussels, will join the team to teach and exchange with students about mediation techniques.



October 11, 2013

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