Wednesday, April 29, 2015

UAA participates in 5th annual UAF Cyberconference on Dispute Resolution

UAA was one of nearly 20 videoconference sites for the UAF 5th Annual International Cyberconference on Dispute Resolution held on April 15. This year's keynote speaker was Raf Gangat. Mr. Gangat is a former South African Ambassador to the Palestinian Territories, to the United Emirates, and a former Consulate General to Pakistan. He currently works as a communication and media consultant in East Jerusalem, Israel.

Papers submitted for the conference are being considered for inclusion in the next issue of the UAF Alaska Journal of Dispute Resolution.
Dr. Cory R. Lepage, Justice Center faculty, and Barbara Armstrong, editor of the Alaska Justice Forum, are on the editorial board.

Prof. Brian Jarrett, UAF Dept. of Communications, was the lead facilitator for the conference.  He is a sociologist and a mediator. Contact him at

Participating videoconference sites:
Alternative to Violence Project, Seattle, Washington
Asad University, Tehran, Iran
Law Office of Adam Gulkis, Anchorage, Alaska
Ministry of Children and Family Development, British Columbia
Ministry of Justice, British Columbia, Canada
Native American Rights Fund, Boulder, Colorodo
Northern Institute for Social Justice, Yukon College, Whitehorse, Yukon
Northern Justice and Criminology, Yukon College, Whitehorse, Yukon
Office of Alaska Lt. Governor Byron Mallot, Juneau, Alaska
Office of Raf Gangat, East Jerusalem, Israel
Organized Village of Kake Circle Peacemaking, Kake, Alaska
Salisbury University, Department of Conflict Analysis, Salisbury, Maryland
Simon Fraser University, School of Criminology, British Columbia
State of Hawaii Telehealth Access Network
University of Alaska Anchorage
University of Alaska Fairbanks
University of Guam, Mangilao, Guam
University of Hawaii, Manoa, Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution
University of Puerto Rico School of Law
University of Texas, Austin
VisionAlaska, Inc. - Alaska Brethren Ministries, Sterling, Alaska

Topics included:
Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Inter-Cultural Conflict
The Causes and Consequences of Inter-Cultural Conflict and the Value of Restorative Practices
Circle Peace-Making, Indigenous Knowledge, and Dispute Resolution

A detailed agenda and full list of participants is on the conference website.