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Friday October 15th, 2010

The Good Friday Agreement: Dynamics of Conflict and Movements Towards Peace – Introduction

Robert Rawson, Dean, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Calvin William Sharpe, Galen J. Roush Professor of Business Law and Regulation and founding director, CISCDR (Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict and Dispute Resolution); Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Friday October 15, 2010, 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Panelists focus on the dynamics of moving toward peace over time from various “points of view,” the (mostly Catholic) Irish Republican paramilitary opposition and the broader, Irish Nationalist community as well as the (mostly Protestant) Loyalist paramilitary along with the broader Unionist community, and, finally and hopefully – the Irish government perspective.

The speakers discuss the unfolding dynamics of the conflict’s end and movement toward peace in light of their own experiences or analyses, the focus will account for how different groups’ goals, reasoning, and (in)ability to overcome any internal divisions affected the prospects of peace and of drawing violent parties into mainstream political institutions. Such a focus will help to reveal and highlight the dynamics of dissention within groups that have been conventionally treated as monolithic political actors, as well as how these internal divisions affected the broader conflict between groups that played out more openly over time.

These divisions are particularly and acutely salient to both Northern Irish and Irish politics today, with the recent decomissioning of Loyalist groups, the first security force member killings in more than a decade (by Republican ‘dissidents’), the growing number of Republicans and Nationalists becoming disillusioned with Sinn Fein’s ability to effectively negotiate its agenda through Stormont, and the scandal that threatens First Minister Robinson’s position – and therefore the Executive itself.

Finally, the panels will conclude with each speaker discussing how the case of the conflict in Northern Ireland can help us to understand conflict and the chances for peace elsewhere, with panel member(s) expanding on this issue.

The aim of the event is to understand and learn from the end of a real-life conflict, including how various points of view were accommodated, while achieving peace and reconciliation. The goal of that understanding is to examine how lawyers might apply similar methods to the practice of law, including negotiations among individuals or groups, arbitration, mediation and other circumstances

Additional Information About Our Guests…

Robert Rawson became Interim Dean of the School of Law in December 2008. He is a partner with the Cleveland office of Jones Day where he counsels and litigates issues concerning antitrust and trade regulation. He has significant experience in general commercial litigation and has also had successful appellate arguments in the Second, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits.

For 20 years he served his alma mater, Princeton, as a member of its Board of Trustees, during the last 13, he has been Chairman of the Executive committee of the Board. He is currently Chairman of the National Civic League and Chairman of the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education. He has been a member of the Board of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and is past Chairman of the Cleveland Initiative for Education, which marshals private resources in aid of the Cleveland Public Schools. A Rhodes Scholar, Mr. Rawson received an M.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (1968) from Oxford University and his A.B. Phi Beta Kappa (1966) from Princeton. He earned his J.D. (1971) from Harvard University. He is a member of the ABA (Antitrust Law, Litigation, and Law Practice Management Sections), the Ohio State Bar Association (Antitrust Section), the Cleveland Bar Association, and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.

Calvin Sharpe clerked for U.S. District Judge Hubert L. Will (Northern District, Illinois), practiced law at Cotton Watt Jones King and Bowlus in Chicago, spent four years as a trial attorney with the National Labor Relations Board, and began his law teaching career at Virginia. Since joining the Case Western Reserve law faculty in 1983, Prof. Sharpe has taught Evidence, Trial Tactics, Perspectives on Dispute Resolution, Alternative Dispute Resolution, courses in labor and employment law, and has published in all four areas. Most recently he has co‐authored International Labor Law: Cases and Materials on Workers’ Rights in the Global Economy (West, 2008) and Understanding Labor Law, 3d ed. (LexisNexis forthcoming 2010). He has chaired the Evidence Section of the Association of American Law Schools, convened the Labor and Employment Law Section of the IRRA (now the LERA) and held a number of visiting appointments including George Washington, DePaul, Wake Forest, and Minnesota. Prof. Sharpe frequently serves as an arbitrator in public and private sector disputes. He has been a member of the Board of Governors and a vice president of the National Academy of Arbitrators. He is also on the board of directors of the JUSTPEACE Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation. He received his B.A. in 1967 from Clark, his J.D. in 1974 from Northwestern, and his M.A. in 1996 from Chicago Theological Seminary.