Lectures & Events

“Culture and the Dispute Resolution Process”
CISCDR Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence Lecture presented by CISCDR (Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict and Dispute Resolution)
SEP 24, 2008
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Moot Courtroom
Does culture play a role in the lawyering process? on dispute resolution methods? What exactly is culture? This lecture will address these important questions. Some commentators and practitioners assert that culture is of little or no consequence in dispute resolution, and that it need not be studied. Professor Lee will address, and largely question, such a view. He urges that culture may be a factor in many disputes, quite significant in some situations, and less so in others. Culture is perhaps most pronounced in the international setting, but is also present in the domestic setting. In all events, the failure to recognize cultural norms and differences may lead to missed opportunities in settlement, or an exacerbation of the dispute. Ultimately, participants in the dispute resolution arena – whether parties, counsel, or neutrals – must be aware of the presence and impact of culture, toward facilitating fair settlement.
Speaker Information
Ilhyung LeeIlhyung Lee
Edward W. Hinton Professor of Law
University of Missouri School of Law

A Senior Fellow at the University of Missouri School of Law’s Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, Ilhyung Lee has served as a panelist in domain name disputes administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization. He is a member of the London Court of International Arbitration, the National Arbitration Forum, the U.S. Council for International Business, and the National Sports Law Institute.

Prof. Lee ’s scholarship addresses comparative approaches to individual rights; the intersection of law, society, and culture in Korea; and the impact of culture on the dispute resolution process. He teaches Comparative Constitutional Law, Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution, and International Commercial Arbitration. Prof. Lee also writes about intellectual property law and teaches Trademarks and Copyright. He has lectured in Japan as a Fulbright Scholar.

Previously, Prof. Lee practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore (New York) and Kim & Chang (Seoul, Korea). He was law clerk to the Honorable Joseph F. Weis, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. As a law student at Boston College, Prof. Lee was an articles editor on the law review and received his J.D. Order of the Coif. He earned an M.A. degree from Washington College and a B.A. from the University of Maryland.
Additional Information
Open to the public at no cost. There will be one free hour of CLE credit available to lawyers who attend.

Supplemental Readings:
· Lee Bibliography
· Cross-Cultural Negotiations

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