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MU Law Professor Wins National Award for Article on Arbitration

January 12th, 2012

Story Contact: Nathan Hurst, 573-882-6217,

By Brad Fischer

COLUMBIA, Mo. – S.I. (Stacie) Strong, professor of law and senior fellow of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri School of Law, received the Best Short Article Award from the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR Institute) at a ceremony on Jan. 11 in New York.  The CPR Institute is an internationally renowned organization that promotes innovation in commercial dispute prevention and resolution.  The winners of this year’s awards included scholars, judges, practitioners, law firms and other organizations, with attendees coming from as far away as Italy to share in the gala evening celebration.

Strong is no stranger to the CPR Institute’s annual award presentation, having attended two years ago when she won for best professional article.  That was the year that the University of Missouri’s nationally renowned Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution was honored for having the most innovative dispute resolution program in the country.

“I am thrilled to share the podium with so many esteemed colleagues from around the world,” said Strong.  “The evening’s events were truly a collection of the best and brightest minds in the field of dispute resolution, and the diversity of the recipients and the projects honored shows how important dispute resolution is not only to businesses, but also to individuals on the street.”

Strong’s award-winning article compares collective shareholder arbitration in Germany with class arbitration in the United States.  Other winning books and articles dealt with negotiation of international conflicts, resolution of disputes involving cultural property and antiquities, and court-annexed mediation programs in the United States.  “This year’s winners truly showed both the breadth and the depth of the study of dispute resolution,” said Strong.

Strong will be continuing her work in large-scale dispute resolution later this spring when she travels to The Netherlands for five month to take up the Henry G. Schermers Fellowship at the Hague Institute for the Internationalization of Law and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities and Social Sciences.  During her time in Hague, Strong will research class and collective arbitration in various national and international disputes.

Strong’s winning article, “Collective Arbitration Under the DIS Supplementary Rules for Corporate Law Disputes: A European Form of Class Arbitration?” was published in the ASA Bulletin, the journal of the Swiss Arbitration Association.