"Drafting a good contract is not the end of the job for the successful deal-maker -- she must know how to effectively prevent and resolve possible disputes that may arise out of it. This is especially true in the international business arena, where the ability to make and save deals becomes the value-added of the most sought after professionals."
Professor Giuseppe De Palo is Hamline University School of Law's first International Professor of ADR Law & Practice, and a Senior Fellow at the Dispute Resolution Institute. He is President of Rome-based ADR Center SpA, Italy's oldest and largest private provider of commercial mediation services and a mediator of major international business disputes. He is a member of the CPR Panel of International Distinguished Neutrals, the Board of Editorial Advisors of Harvard Law School's Negotiation Journal, and of the International Committee of the ABA, Dispute Resolution Section. He has published widely in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), teaches courses around the world, and is a frequent conference speaker and organizer.
Professor De Palo began teaching international business transactions and ADR at the University of Urbino, Italy, in 1995, while practicing law in the Brussels office of the firm that is now Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr. He became a full-time ADR practitioner and scholar in 1998, co-founding ADR Center and teaching Negotiation and Mediation courses at the Sapienza Università di Roma where, since 2003, he has been the co-director of the postgraduate course "Making and Saving Deals in the Global Business Environment - Negotiating Transactions and Resolving Business Disputes Internationally." In 2004, he served as part of a ten person working group of experts charged by the European Commission to draft the European Code of Conduct for Mediators.
In 2005, Professor De Palo led ADR Center to win the EC-funded, three-year 'ADR MEDA' project (over USD 2 million) to promote international commercial arbitration and mediation in ten Southern Mediterranean countries, where he has been leading a team of over 40 people whose mission is to teach ADR mechanisms to judicial bodies, the bar and business communities, and provide governmental technical assistance.
In 2006, Professor De Palo was one of the driving forces for the establishment of MEDAL - the alliance of leading international commercial mediation and conflict management service providers. Most recently, he was appointed Project Director of the 19-month, "Better Access to Justice in Turkey" project (USD 1.5 million), funded by the European Commission.
At the end of September 2007, he brought together in Rome, Italy, the highest representatives of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe, the Arab Lawyers Union, and Union of the Turkish Bars to sign the "Euro-Mediterranean Charter on Appropriate Dispute Resolution." The Rome Charter, an unprecedented document now applying to more than one million lawyers, in over 50 countries in the Euro-Mediterranean Region, defines the duties of lawyers in the field of ADR, with respect to their clients, colleagues, and even their own training.