September 17, 2016

Scottish Professor Comes to Maryland Carey Law to Study Court-Based Mediation

Maryland Carey Law’s Center for Dispute Resolution (C-DRUM) welcomes 2017 Weinstein JAMS International Fellow Derek Auchie, senior lecturer with the University of Aberdeen School of Law in Scotland. Auchie, who concentrates on procedural as well as legal aspects of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), will study the successful integration of mediation and other ADR processes in the Maryland courts and take those lessons back to Scotland.

As the first Weinstein Fellow from Scotland, Auchie seeks to raise the profile of mediation and restorative justice within the Scottish government. “The prominence of mediation and restorative justice in Maryland makes this the ideal jurisdiction from which to learn,” notes Auchie. “The sheer volume of this kind of resolution work and the depth of experience will allow me to understand what makes it successful.”

Auchie will spend part of his Fellowship at Maryland Carey Law this fall. While here, he will teach a one-credit course in international arbitration and will meet with various individuals from court-annexed dispute resolution programs.

“International arbitration is one of the main choices of resolution of commercial and investment disputes,” says Auchie. “Anyone wishing to be involved in international commerce of any kind needs to have an understanding of this important process.”

During the summer of 2015, Auchie and Maryland Carey Law’s Deborah Eisenberg, professor and C-DRUM director, co-taught a course on comparative dispute resolution at the University of Aberdeen as part of the five-week University of Aberdeen, Scotland Summer Study Program, a collaboration between Maryland Carey Law, the University of Aberdeen, and University of Baltimore School of Law.

Auchie has published and taught on the topic of dispute resolution, most recently leading a new online LLM in dispute resolution at the University of Aberdeen.

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