Cross-Cultural Negotiations Course (2 cr. summer session)

Open to 1Ls and 2Ls; Includes one week field trip in Nagoya, Japan Eight to 10 students, current 1L and 2L, from the University of Wisconsin Law School and 10 students from Nagoya University Graduate School of Law will make up this 2 credit cross cultural negotiation course. The course is jointly sponsored by Nagoya University Graduate School of Law and the University of Wisconsin Law School's East Asia Legal Studies Center. The course will be taught jointly by Professors Yoshiharu Matsuura and Ikuo Sugawara of Nagoya and Professor Susan Steingass of Wisconsin. The class begins with training in Japanese cultural and May 19 or 20th and concludes the last week of June, 2008. It covers parts of our intersession and summer "semester". Class time will be composed of lectures on, and discussion of, the cultures of Japan and the United States as well as negotiation aims and techniques, followed by real face to face negotiations with positive critique and questions and comments after. The negotiations will be both between Wisconsin teams and Nagoya teams as well as teams made up of Wisconsin and Nagoya students. The bookends of the course will be travel and face to face meetings in Nagoya, Japan and Madison, Wisconsin with further cultural exchange and live negotiations. We will travel to Japan in time to have joint classes with the Nagoya students beginning May 22nd. The Nagoya student will travel to Madison June 23rd through 28th for the last week of class. Negotiations between these visits will be through video conferencing. We will travel to Japan at the beginning of the course. Our 8 to 10 students will be selected by the instructor and the East Asian Legal Studies Center. The selected students will receive a stipend that will cover the majority of airfare and housing expenses. We hope to take time for cultural experiences and side trips while we are in Japan. Individuals/groups may have time before and after for additional travel in Asia on their own. Students who are interested in being considered should provide by or before the deadline these three 'application pieces:' * a current resume, * a cover letter, and * an unofficial transcript of their Law School grades (available by making a request through MyWisc website -- in other words, an 'official unofficial' transcript). * These should be sent as attachments to the East Asian Legal Studies Center in care of skatcher@wisc.edu. The cover letter should be addressed to Professor Steingass. * The deadline for receiving the application materials is April 9, 2008. Professor Steingass will have interviews as needed and will try to make decisions by April 16, 2008. * If you have questions, please contact skatcher@wisc.edu.

Submitted by UW Law School Newsletter Admin on April 2, 2008

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