Event Title

Panel 2 - Moderated by Professor Jack Coe, Jr.

Start Date

29-1-2016 10:20 AM

End Date

29-1-2016 12:30 PM

Speaker Bio

Professor David Larson, Hamline University School of Law

Professor David Allen Larson is a senior fellow at Hamline's Dispute Resolution Institute and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He was the founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Employment (CCH Inc.), served as an arbitrator for the Omaha Tribe, was a hearing examiner for the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission, and currently is an independent arbitrator.

Professor Larson has published more than 50 articles and book chapters and has made more than 120 professional presentations in Australia, Austria, Canada, China, England, Ireland, Sweden, and the United States. His recent articles have focused on technology mediated dispute resolution (TMDR), a term that includes more technologies than the phrase online dispute resolution (ODR). He also has written about arbitration, cross cultural negotiation, and employment law. Professor Larson has been a leader in the American Bar Association (ABA), and his many assignments include an appointment as chairperson for the ABA Law Student Division Arbitration Competition (2010-2012). He continues to serve as a member of that ABA subcommittee. Previous appointments include serving as vice-chair for the Section of Dispute Resolution, Law School Education and Dispute Prevention Committee and vice-chair for the International Law and Practice Section, Employment Law Committee. He also was a member of the ABA E-Commerce and ADR Task Force.

From 1990 to 1991, Professor Larson served as the professor-in-residence at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission headquarters in Washington, D.C. He worked primarily in the Office of General Counsel, Appellate Division, and also worked with the Office of Legal Counsel as they drafted and revised the Regulations and Interpretive Guidance for the Americans with Disabilities Act. Professor Larson previously practiced with a large litigation law firm in Minneapolis.

Dr. Petra Butler, Victoria University of Wellington

Dr. Petra Butler specializes in domestic and international human rights, public and private comparative law, and private international law with an emphasis on international commercial contracts. In addition, she teaches and consults on the law of unjust enrichment. She has published extensively in those areas, including together with Andrew Butler, The New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990: A Commentary (Lexis Nexis, 2006, second edition forthcoming) and together with the late Professor Peter Schlechtriem, UN Law on International Sales (Springer, 2008, 2nd edition, 2015).

Dr. Butler is a graduate of the University of Göttingen and was a clerk at the South African Constitutional Court. Before joining Victoria, she worked for the Ministry of Justice's Bill of Rights/Human Rights Team. She was a member of the National Advisory Council to the Human Rights Commission for the National Plan of Action for Human Rights. In 2004 she was the Holgate Fellow, Grey College, Durham University and in 2008 she held a senior fellowship at the University of Melbourne.

Dr. Butler is New Zealand’s CLOUT correspondent for the CISG and the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts. She has held visiting appointments at the Chinese University of Political Science and Law (Beijing), the University of Melbourne, the University of Adelaide, Bucerius Law School (Hamburg), Universidad de Navarra (Pamplona), and Northwestern University Law School. She also has been involved in various roles in the Vis Moot for over 10 years. Dr. Butler is a German fully qualified lawyer and a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. She regularly advises government departments and colleagues on issues in the areas of her research and teaching interests.

Mark Bravin, Winston & Strawn LLP

Mr. Mark Bravin is a partner and global co-chair of Winston & Strawn LLP’s International Arbitration Practice. He is resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, and focuses his practice on international dispute resolution and international trade. Mr. Bravin’s clients include both private parties and sovereign governments appearing before U.S. courts or international arbitral tribunals. He also advises corporate clients on international regulatory compliance and enforcement matters involving: customs; export controls; Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) embargo/sanctions regulations; and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). He has handled international arbitrations involving long-term supply contracts, oil field concessions, power projects, banking, engineering, shipping, distributorships and joint ventures, procurement and construction contracts, licensing agreements, and services agreements. In the field of U.S. international trade compliance and enforcement, Mr. Bravin has assisted U.S. and foreign clients on a broad range of matters including ruling requests, voluntary disclosures, civil enforcement proceedings, and litigation before the U.S. Court of International Trade.

Mr. Bravin received a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1973 in systems analysis. In 1978, he received a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.


Jan 29th, 10:20 AM Jan 29th, 12:30 PM

Panel 2 - Moderated by Professor Jack Coe, Jr.