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Negotiating for Gilad Shalit: From Capture to Release - David Cobin Memorial Lecture by Michael Tsur

Hamline University School of Law presents "Negotiating for Gilad Shalit: From Capture to Release" David Cobin Memorial Lecture by Michael Tsur, Lawyer, Mediator, Teacher and IDF Hostage Unit Negotiator.

Hosted by the Hamline University School of Law Dispute Resolution Institute, The Journal of Law and Religion and Hamline-Hebrew University Program in Law, Religion and Ethics

Co-sponsored by Hamline University and Beth Jacob Congregation

Sunday, July 15, 2012
7:00 p.m.: Public Event at Sundin Music Hall
8:30 p.m.: Public Reception

Program
Welcome from Dean Donald M. Lewis
David Cobin Memorial Lecture Series from Sharon M. Press, Dispute Resolution Chair
Introduction of Michael Tsur from Susan Cobin
Presentation from Michael Tsur
Closing Words from Rabbi Morris Allen

Approved for 1.25 Standard CLE credits

Presentation: Michael Tsur, an internationally recognized expert and professor of negotiation, conflict resolution, crisis management and mediation, will share his perspective as a professional negotiator on the five-and-a-half-year ordeal of Gilad Shalit, the 19-year-old Israeli soldier kidnapped by Izz ad-Din al-Qassam militants in June 2006, who was returned to Israel in exchange for over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in October 2011. Tsur will address the factors that led to the safe release of the young soldier – political factors that existed as a result of Arab Spring.

Michael Tsur Bio
The son of a Yemeni mother and German father, Michael Tsur came to his profession having grown up in a Jerusalem neighborhood characterized by contrasts, from secular to extreme religious views, and extremes of poverty and wealth. He became aware of the wide range of contrasting yet legitimate opinions, and he found ways to combine those differing viewpoints. “By listening and asking questions in a respectful and authentic way,” Tsur said, “there is almost always a path to the resolution of differences.”

As a visiting professor of Hamline's Dispute Resolution Institute for the past seven years, Tsur is a member of the Israeli Defense Force Hostage Negotiation Unit. He has extensive experience in high-risk negotiations, including the disengagement/evacuation of settlers from the Gaza Strip under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2005, the stand-off at the Church of the Nativity when it was taken over by Palestinian militants in 2002, and the release of Fox News journalists kidnapped to the Gaza Strip in 2006.

Tsur is the founder and general-director of the Mediation & Conflict Resolution Institute-Jerusalem. Since 2000, he has been an associate director at Consensus, a New York-based consultancy specializing in negotiation, conflict resolution and peace-building. For the last ten years, Tsur has been a member of various international teams in overseeing negotiations, including commercial and business, and cross-cultural challenges. Since 1996, Tsur has been an adjunct professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, teaching in the Law Faculty, the Business school and in the master’s program in public policy. Tsur has garnered years of expertise in resolving emergency situations, ranging from hostage crises to breakdowns in cross-national business negotiations.

Contact: Please contact Law Alumni Relations Director Jane Prince at jprince01@hamline.edu or 651-523-2338 with questions or concerns.

Date: July 15,2012
Time: 7:00:00 PM - 9:00:00 PM
Cost: Free
Contact: Jane Prince, jprince01@hamline.edu or 651-523-2338
Location: Sundin Music Hall
Sponsor: Hosted by the Hamline University School of Law Dispute Resolution Institute, The Journal of Law and Religion and Hamline-Hebrew University Program in Law, Religion and Ethics; co-sponsored by Hamline University and Beth Jacob Congregation