This intensive summer course is designed to help researchers, activists, policy makers and advocates gain new insights into the complex relationship between technology, free expression, and policy that lie at the heart of debates between global security and human rights. Throughout the course, participants will dig deeper into the role which civil society can play in advocating for a free and open internet, with special attention on the role of social media companies and internet intermediaries. Sessions will highlight the potential of technology and online tools for mobilizing and organizing constituencies in support of freedom of expression, an open internet, and for enhancing the security and privacy of digital communication.

This course introduces students to the skills, constraints, and dynamics of the negotiation process in the context of international business transactions.  Through readings and highly interactive exercises, students will learn the fundamental skills of systematic and thorough negotiation preparation, the ongoing management of a negotiation process, and the identification and achievement of optimal agreements. Legal and ethical constraints of negotiation will also be considered as students in intentionally diverse teams participate in negotiations typically encountered in the formation of a business.  Course content is drawn from the fields of law, psychology, business, and communication.  This course will serve as the foundation for Advanced International Business Negotiation (part two of the International Business Negotiation Certificate) and must be completed in the same summer as Advanced International Business Negotiation is completed in order to earn the Certificate in International Business Negotiation from Hamline University School of Law.

This intensive one-week course facilitates the exchange of ideas and cooperative projects among mediation scholars, practitioners, trainers, and students in the East and West. In addition to offering an introduction to mediation, the program provides a teaching and training template for mediation training for scholars and practitioners from around the world to adapt for use in their home countries.

Through lecture, discussion, demonstration and role-plays, students will be introduced to mediation theory and skills and examine the impact of culture and context on the consensus-building approach adopted. The interactive presentation of the material is designed to showcase teaching and training models to those course participants who want to develop programs in their own countries. Participants should come prepared for a highly engaging learning experience. Applicants who have the means and ability to teach and train in transition countries will be given preference for acceptance.

Case examples will focus on both civil and criminal mediation models and scenarios from both the United States and Central and Eastern Europe, including efforts to promote dialogue in times of crisis involving high-conflict situations and inter-ethnic tensions.

Mediation is a newly emerging field in both the west and the east. Legislation mandating the use of mediation has outpaced the development of both theory and practice, and this course is designed in part to fill that gap, cultivating scholars, teachers, trainers, and practitioners in this developing and important arena.