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    Mediation and Other Methods to Foster Democratic Dialogue: June 2-14, 2013

    A joint venture with the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University.

    Hamline University School of Law is ranked third in the nation in Dispute Resolution by U.S. News and World Report, (2013 Edition).

    Program Overview

    This two-week, three-credit ADR program, offered at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, enables students to critically examine challenges in the design and delivery of ADR initiatives in both developed and developing democracies. American students learn side-by-side with colleagues from throughout the world, including significant representation from Central and Eastern Europe, as well as Asia. The course is designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas and cooperative projects among academics, professionals, and students in the east and west who are pursuing the study of conflict and conflict resolution processes.

    For each of the past eight years, students and faculty from over 19 countries have participated in the program, making it an unparalleled cross-cultural learning experience. In 2012, 34 students from 19 different countries participated in the program. In 2013, we anticipate similar enrollment.

    The program is ABA-approved, and all courses are taught in English.

    Course Description

    Through lecture, discussion, demonstration, and role play, students are introduced to mediation models and scenarios from both the United States and Central and Eastern Europe. The task of translating hostile and adversarial communication into building blocks of collaborative dialogue will be explored, as well as the mediator's role in identifying, framing, and ordering the issues in dispute. Analysis will highlight the persuasive techniques for moving parties from impasse to settlement. Special attention will be directed to the ethical dilemmas faced by mediators, particularly challenges to a mediator's impartiality, and the potential for abuse of discretion and power. The course also will examine a variety of strategies to foster and support democratic and constructive dialogue, particularly focusing on "high-conflict" situations involving inter-ethnic tensions. Students will study efforts in Central and Eastern Europe to promote meaningful democratic dialogue in times of national and international crisis. Participants should come prepared for a highly interactive learning experience.

    Note: The course is worth three credits, and students may elect to complete a post-program independent study for an additional academic credit.


    • Petra Bard, Vice-Chairperson of the Hungarian Europe Society and Lecturer, Central European University
    • James Coben, Professor and Senior Fellow, Dispute Resolution Institute, Hamline University School of Law
    • Borbala Fellegi, Foresee Research Group Nonprofit, Ltd., Budapest, Hungary
    • Christian Hartwig, Streitvermittler, Magdeburg, Germany
    • Lela Love, Professor and Director, Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law



    Degree-seeking law students currently enrolled in ABA-accredited law schools and degree-seeking graduate students must complete the application form and return it with a letter from their school's registrar reflecting their status as a student in good standing with permission to take the Hamline/Cardozo courses as a visiting student. An application fee of $250 must accompany the application. The program also is open to LLM candidates and practicing attorneys.

    Enrollment is limited to enhance the interactive nature of each course. Qualified students are accepted on a first-applied, first-enrolled basis. This program has a maximum enrollment of 20 U.S. students.

    ABA Approval: This course of study is ABA approved.

    Application Deadline: April 15, 2013

    If applying after the deadline, please contact Kitty Atkins at 651-523-2946 to confirm availability.


    Application Fee: $250
    $2,025 (3 credits)
    Additional: $675 for optional one credit post-program independent study
    Program Fees: $1,250 (Includes single room housing*, breakfast, all course materials and field trips.)

    A non-refundable application fee of $250, payable with submission of the application form is required. The remaining balance is due on or before April 15, 2013.

    Note: The housing price is for a single room. There are a limited number of double rooms and one triple room available. Contact Kitty Atkins at 651-523-2946 for availability and pricing.

    Planning a Program Budget

    Estimated program costs:

    • $250 Application Fee
    • $2,025 Tuition (3 credits)*
    • $1,250 Fees (Includes single room housing, breakfast, all course materials and field trips.)
    • $1,200 approximate airfare from U.S. to Europe (this is an average and can be more or less depending on the carrier and timing of ticket purchase)**
    • $600 miscellaneous expenses (local travel, extra meals, personal expenses, etc. - this will vary depending on your spending habits)**

    *Add $675, for additional tuition, if choosing the optional one credit post-program independent study.
    **Students are responsible for international airfare, meals, health insurance coverage, transportation within Europe, and personal expenses.


    Should a student withdraw from the program on or before April 15, 2013, tuition and program fees will be refunded. A student who withdraws from the program after April 15, 2013 is liable for the full tuition and program fees. The $250 application fee is non-refundable.

    International Travel

    International and intra-European travel is the responsibility of individual students. Students must arrive in Budapest no later than June 2, 2013. Airfare prices to Europe can vary greatly. Students are encouraged to make their travel plans early to take advantage of advance purchase options. Prices usually start to drop in early January but increase quickly as flights for summer travel fill. Students should consult a good travel agent or visit a reputable website to obtain discount fares.,,, or usually have the lowest fares on most major airlines. There are sites that offer consolidator prices which are non-advertised fares ( Additionally, there are sites that offer student discounts ( or

    Your airport of arrival in Budapest: Budapest Ferihegy

    Students traveling before or after the program may want to consider purchasing a Eurail Pass. We recommend you buy your Eurail Pass prior to your departure to Europe. However, if you wait until your arrival, it is possible to buy a Eurail Pass at a limited number of Eurail Aid offices. Prices in Europe are about 20% higher than if you bought the same pass in the U.S. There are a limited number of regional passes that cannot be purchased in Europe. You can obtain all of pertinent information regarding Eurail Pass purchases at

    You can also purchase individual train tickets in Europe. There are many different train types, each with their own characteristics. Train frequencies might differ per country, per stretch, and per season. Information on individual train schedules and tickets is available at

    Academic Requirements

    Students must attend all class sessions and complete advance reading assignments. At the conclusion of the course, students must successfully complete an exam. There are no course prerequisites. Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in this program is subject to approval by the student's home school. Hamline and Cardozo students are advised that academic credit for the Budapest course will not be awarded to students who have already completed a course in civil mediation.

    Note: Acceptance of any credit or grade for the course or post-program independent study is subject to determination by the student's home school. It is unlikely participation in foreign summer programs may be used to accelerate graduation. Students interested in acceleration should refer to their home schools to review this issue in light of Interpretation 304-4.

    Program Cancellation

    Hamline University School of Law and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law reserve the right to alter or cancel the Summer Abroad Program should circumstances warrant. All applicants will be promptly notified if a State Department travel warning is issued for Hungary, if there is a major alteration of the program, or if the program is canceled. In the event of program cancellation, all tuition and fees will be refunded. If a student requests, the director will use best efforts to make arrangements for the student to attend a similar program. In the event of program alteration or State Department travel warning, any student wishing to cancel must send a letter of declaration within seven days of notification to request a full refund of tuition and fees. All money advanced by the student will be refunded within 20 days after the date of cancellation/receipt of student declaration.

    Housing Options

    Students will be housed at the Hotel Papillon.

    The Hotel Papillon is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Budapest, on the Rose Hill (Rózsadomb). It is both modern and ideally located for easy access to the classroom and the Budapest city center.

    Student fees are based on the size of your room accommodations, and posted fees include a single room accommodation and daily breakfast. Rooms are available to students the afternoon of June 1, 2013 and must be vacated no later than June 15, 2013. Students must arrive by June 2, 2013. If you wish to secure a double or triple room, contact Kitty Atkins at 651-523-2897 regarding availability and price.

    Lonely Planet Review for Hotel Papillon
    "One of Buda's best-kept accommodation secrets, this small hotel in Rózsa-domb, a very desirable address indeed in Budapest, is a short distance physically from Moszkva tér but a million miles away in atmosphere. The hotel's 20 rooms are small and very pink but comfortable enough; all have fridges and seven of them have balconies. There is no lift here, though. Arguably Papillon's real drawing card is its delightful back garden and small pool with both patio for sitting and grassy area for lying down. Barbecues can be arranged here. Staff here extend one of the warmest and friendliest welcomes in town and it is highly recommended."

    Please note that you cannot book the Hotel Papillon on your own as all of the rooms have been reserved during the program period. Once you are registered for the program a staff member will assist you in securing your hotel accommodations.

    For more information regarding housing, please contact Kitty Atkins at 651-523-2897.

    About Central European University

    Students from more than 40 countries and professors from around the world contribute to the international environment of CEU, an internationally recognized institution of post-graduate education in social sciences and humanities. The University seeks to contribute to the development of open societies in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union-and in other areas experiencing emerging democracies-by promoting a system of education in which ideas are creatively, critically and comparatively examined.

    CEU's Budapest teaching site, home to all but one of the University's academic departments, is situated in the heart of the capital. Most of its facilities are located in a group of interconnected buildings-including examples of late-Baroque, Secession and modern architecture-with the Monument Building and Faculty Tower as its core. A linking structure houses part of the CEU Library and the Open Society Archives, and a glass elevator provides access to the IMC Graduate School of Business, an institution increasingly affiliated with CEU.

    Students will be given directions to the classrooms on the CEU campus when they arrive at the student housing.

    Students with Disabilities

    All facilities at the Central European University in Budapest are accessible to individuals with disabilities. However, most cities in Hungary (including Budapest) are not as accessible as U.S. cities. We ask that students with special needs or disabilities contact Hamline University immediately following admission, or earlier, to discuss possible arrangements for accommodation.


    Passports are required for travel to Budapest and are the responsibility of each student. Contact the nearest State Department Office or Post Office for further information. Lines at Passport Offices can be very long, especially just before the summer holidays. Plan ahead and get your passport early.

    U.S. citizens are not required to present a visa upon entrance into Hungary for a short course of study. If you are a national of a country that the Hungarian Border Agency defines as a visa national country (see, you may require prior entry clearance. Students in need of prior entry clearance are responsible for applying for their own visas.

    Please note that student visitors are not eligible to work at paid or unpaid employment, including internships.

    Take a copy of your passport, in case it is lost, and keep it in a separate space.

    If your passport is lost or stolen, you must go to the U.S. Embassy to get a replacement. This is inconvenient, but necessary. Without a passport, the airlines will not allow you to board an aircraft for your return flight to the U.S.

    Mailing Address:
    Embassy of the United States of America
    Szabadság tér 12
    H-1054 Budapest

    During office hours: (36-1) 475-4400 (Local time: GMT +1)
    After-hours emergency calls - for American citizens only: (36-1) 475-4703/4924

    Health Insurance

    Students are required to have a valid health and accident policy that includes international health and accident coverage. Hamline University School of Law and Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School reserve the right to require proof of insurance as a condition of enrollment in the Program.

    Many insurance policies cover international travel but you should check your policy for exclusions to be sure that you are fully covered. If you need additional coverage or do not currently have insurance coverage you can contact one of the companies below:

    Centers for Disease Control: Health Information for Travelers to Hungary

    ATM Machines

    Many foreign banks will allow you to withdraw money from ATM machines with a credit card or cash card. Visa and MasterCard are the most common credit/cash cards, followed by American Express. Most banks in larger cities are connected to an international money network, usually CIRRUS (another international money network is PLUS). If you are carrying more than one credit/debit card, it is best to carry one from the Cirrus network and one from the Plus network; most cash machines will honor one or the other, but not necessarily both. The network is indicated on the back of your credit/debit card.

    Note: European ATMs may not have letters on their keypads, so be sure to know your 4-digit (five or six digit numbers won't work) PIN by number.

    Note: Obtain the international phone number for your credit card so you can notify the issuing company in case it gets lost or stolen.


    The unit of currency is the Hungarian Forint (HUF). In Hungary the abbreviation of Forint is Ft. For current currency exchange ranges, check or


    TRAVEL LIGHT! The secret to your wardrobe is versatility. Students can dress casual for class but will need to bring business attire for program visits. Just one business outfit should be sufficient.


    Luggage requirements for all airlines have become very strict. You should check with your particular airline regarding its luggage restrictions. All airlines are strictly enforcing luggage rules; penalties for oversized or overweight luggage can be steep. Be warned that airlines have the authority to refuse to carry luggage that does not meet their regulations.

    Time Zone

    Budapest in summer is seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Daylight Savings Time is in effect from March 31, 2013 to October 27, 2013.


    Hungary has a low rate of violent crime, but students should be careful of pickpockets especially near major hotels and restaurants and on public transportation. Carry your money and documents in a secure bag or money belt in front of you, and always keep an eye on where other people's hands are. Remember that pickpockets are not necessarily only adults; children are often pickpockets, too. For current Safety and Security information for Hungary, refer to the U.S. Embassy's Tourist Advisory. You may also refer to the current U.S. Consular Information Sheet.


    To make calls to the U.S. from Europe, dial 001+1 (country code) + area or city code + number.

    To receive calls in Budapest, family and friends in the U.S. must dial (011 36) before the phone number. Most public telephones use cards only (coins do not work) that can be purchased at tobacconists, supermarkets and vending machines.

    You might want to consider purchasing a telephone calling card. AT&T, Sprint, and MCI have direct access numbers that you can use and the call is then billed collect or to a calling card. You should obtain the access number and any necessary information from your long distance company. Be sure to check the prices for this service as they vary greatly from company to company. The program faculty and staff carry the IDT calling card. We have found this economical, reliable, and easy to use. You can order a card online, and you are able to add money to your account online. The website will quote you rates for the country/countries where you will be traveling. Be sure to get the access number for the country/countries you will be visiting. Refer to the IDT website at or by phone at: 1-800-989-4382.

    State Department Travel Warnings

    For the most current information on travel warnings, visit to the U.S. Department of State Current Travel Warning website.

    For the most current Consular Information for Hungary, refer to the U.S. Consular Information Sheet.

    Non-discrimination Policy

    Hamline University/Benjamin N. Cardozo Schools of Law do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status in their education and employment programs or activities.