Professor Hal Abramson to Present at International Conference of Mediators

May 8, 2018

Touro Law Professor Hal Abramson will present his award-winning article “Nelson Mandela as Negotiator: What Can We Learn From Him?” at the International Academy of Mediators conference being held in Edinburgh on Wednesday, May 9. The conference will be attended by dispute resolution professionals from around the world.

The article, which received the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution’s International Award for the Best Professional Article for 2016, considers how the greatest negotiator of the twentieth century, Nelson Mandela, approached negotiating the unbanning of the African National Congress (ANC), the dismantling of apartheid, and his own freedom after twenty-seven years of imprisonment. He employed classically good negotiation practices in the face of intense and violent opposition while confined in prison for life. 

“The breadth of Hal Abramson’s work as a teacher, trainer, author and expert in dispute resolution, both nationally and internationally, is unmatched,” stated Touro Law Dean Harry Ballan. “He has already left a lasting mark on the field and his legacy is far from complete.”

Professor Hal Abramson, a full-time faculty member at Touro Law Center, New York, has taught or trained in eighteen countries on six continents. He has served as a visiting full-time faculty member at Cardozo (NYC) and UNLV (Las Vegas) Law Schools and is currently visiting at the U.S. Air Force Academy where he is training negotiation teachers and teaching negotiations. He also was selected by UNLV as one of its first two senior ADR scholars and served as the first Scholar-in-Residence for the International Academy of Mediators (IAM). For his contributions to the field of dispute resolution, he received the 2013 Peace Builder Award from the New York State Dispute Resolution Association.

Professor Abramson’s publications include the leading treatise on representing clients in mediation titled “Mediation Representation - Advocating as a Problem Solver” (Aspen 3rd edition, Oxford University Press, and in Russian) (received the annual book award of the CPR International Institute for Dispute Resolution). In addition, he co-authored the textbook, “International Conflict Resolution - ADR Consensual Processes” (West). His latest article on “Nelson Mandela as Negotiator” received the CPR International Institute’s Award for the best professional ADR article of 2016.

Hal served as Chair of the ABA Committee of the Section for Dispute Resolution that drafted the mediation representation rules for its national competition and served as a member of the inaugural committee that launched the ICC’s global mediation competition in Paris.

He also he co-chaired the task force that designed the first ever program for certifying intercultural mediators for the IMI (International Mediation Institute). He is currently assisting IMI and the U.S. State Department with a UN-UNCITRAL initiative to draft a treaty to enforce cross-border mediated settlement agreements. In addition to participating in drafting sessions, he has designed and served as the moderator for UNCITRAL three mediation education programs for the UN Delegates.

Hal Abramson is an experienced domestic and international commercial mediator. He has been selected for the International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation since its inaugural year. He also serves on the Association of American Law Schools’ twenty-person panel that facilitates strategic planning processes.


Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law is located adjacent to both a state and a federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York. Touro Law’s proximity to the courthouses, coupled with programming developed to integrate the courtroom into the classroom, provide a one-of-a kind learning experience for law students, combining a rigorous curriculum taught by expert faculty with a practical courtroom experience. Touro Law is dedicated to providing hands-on learning that enables students to gain experience while offering much-needed legal services in the community.

Touro Law, which has an alumni base of more than 6,000, offers full- and part-time J.D. programs where students can earn a degree in 2, 3, 4 or 5 years and provides four areas of concentration. Touro Law offers several dual degree programs and graduate law programs for US and foreign law graduates, including a new online LL.M. in Aging & Longevity Law. Touro Law Center is part of the Touro College system.

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