Culture Matters in Mediation: Examples from Ghana and the United States

Event Date: Thursday May 10, 2007
Time: 12:15 P.M.
Location: Pound Hall 513, Harvard Law School

Alexandra Crampton
PON Graduate Research Fellow and
PhD Candidate, University of Michigan

What is the role of culture in mediation? Thirty years ago, mediation was often identified as a non-Western practice, and scholars debated whether African dispute resolution practices could be introduced to the United States. Today, debate often centers around the idea that mediation is an American practice that can be “exported” overseas. This presentation will explore the importance of culture in mediation through an examination of two pilot mediation projects in Ghana and the United States.

Alexandra Crampton is a PON Graduate Research Fellow and a doctoral candidate in social work and anthropology at the University of Michigan. She earned masters degrees in social work and anthropology from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.

Bring your lunch — drinks and dessert provided.


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