2014 International Advocate for Peace Award

Judge Daniel Weinstein (Ret.) Honored as recipient of 2014 Cardozo International Advocate for Peace Award

The Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution will honor Judge Daniel Weinstein as the 2014 recipient of its International Advocate for Peace Award.  A ceremony and reception in Judge Weinstein’s honor will be held at Cardozo Law School on Monday, March 16, 2015 –invitation and time to follow.

In selecting Judge Weinstein for the 2014 Advocate for Peace Award, the Journal is recognizing the Judge’s achievements in founding the Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship Program and as a pioneer in the development of mediation worldwide.   Judge Weinstein’s ingenuity and vision to build a high-level international peacemaking community through the Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship Program is the very essence of what it means to be an International Advocate for Peace.

Judge Weinstein joins previous recipients of the International Advocate for Peace Award which includes among other distinguished recipients: President Bill Clinton, President Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu, Senator George Mitchell and Seeds of Peace, Ambassador Dennis Ross, Stuart E. Eizenstat, and Eve Ensler.

Judge Weinstein is nationally recognized as one of the premier mediators of complex, multi-party, high-stake cases, both in the United States and abroad.  He is a sought after mediator in international disputes including cross boarder and cross-cultural disputes, multinational financial disputes, international securities cases, international intellectual property matters, worldwide entertainment and sports cases, international anti-trust actions, and international environmental disputes.  Judge Weinstein also served as U.S. Special Representative in Bosnia from 1999-2000, and is the co-founder of Making Peace our Business, a nonprofit international dispute resolution forum.

Judge Weinstein conceived of and initially endowed the Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship Program.  This innovative program provides opportunities for qualified individuals from around the world to study dispute resolution processes and practices in the United States with the goal of advancing the resolution of disputes in their home countries.

Judge Weinstein has recently partnered with the JAMS Foundation to fully endow the Fellowship Program for the next 20 years thereby ensuring the continuation and vitality of the Fellowship Program over decades to come.

The Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship Program recruits promising dispute resolution professionals from all over the globe and provides them with an opportunity to gain a firsthand glimpse into the world of complex, multi-party mediations in the United States.  The Program has developed a platform for these international professionals to engage with one another and to exchange peacemaking ideas and practices from all over the world.

The Program began in 2008, and to date there have been sixty one fellows from fifty countries including Bhutan, Egypt, Afghanistan, Cameroon, Ecuador, Armenia, Pakistan, Thailand, Nigeria, Bosnia, Malaysia, Nepal, Turkey, Jordan, Iran, and China.

Those selected, from the hundreds of applicants annually, to participate in the Fellows Program are provided with the guidance of experienced JAMS panelists, and attend seminars and classes in all facets of dispute resolution.  They are then encouraged to pursue various projects that are designed to advance each Fellow’s dispute resolution career in their home countries.  Previous Fellowship recipients have returned to their countries to lead high-level mediation and arbitration trainings, implement dispute resolution programs- privately and in their court systems, write dispute resolution legislation, and develop major dispute resolution centers.

For more information about the awards ceremony please visit www.cardozo.yu.edu/kukin or www.cardozojcr.com.

To read the transcript, please click here.