Good Friday Agreement: Dynamics of Conflict, Movements Towards Peace (Introduction)

FRI, OCT 15, 2010 (9:14)

Panelists focus on the dynamics of moving toward peace over time from various “points of view,” the (mostly Catholic) Irish Republican paramilitary opposition and the broader, Irish Nationalist community as well as the (mostly Protestant) Loyalist paramilitary along with the broader Unionist community, and, finally and hopefully – the Irish government perspective.

The speakers discuss the unfolding dynamics of the conflict’s end and movement toward peace in light of their own experiences or analyses, the focus will account for how different groups’ goals, reasoning, and (in)ability to overcome any internal divisions affected the prospects of peace and of drawing violent parties into mainstream political institutions. Such a focus will help to reveal and highlight the dynamics of dissention within groups that have been conventionally treated as monolithic political actors, as well as how these internal divisions affected the broader conflict between groups that played out more openly over time.

These divisions are particularly and acutely salient to both Northern Irish and Irish politics today, with the recent decomissioning of Loyalist groups, the first security force member killings in more than a decade (by Republican ‘dissidents’), the growing number of Republicans and Nationalists becoming disillusioned with Sinn Fein’s ability to effectively negotiate its agenda through Stormont, and the scandal that threatens First Minister Robinson’s position – and therefore the Executive itself.

Finally, each speaker discusses how the case of the conflict in Northern Ireland can help us to understand conflict and the chances for peace elsewhere, with panel member(s) expanding on this issue.

The aim of the event is to understand and learn from the end of a real-life conflict, including how various points of view were accommodated, while achieving peace and reconciliation. The goal of that understanding is to examine how lawyers might apply similar methods to the practice of law, including negotiations among individuals or groups, arbitration, mediation and other circumstances.

+ BIO: Robert Rawson

Bob Rawson counsels clients and litigates disputes involving antitrust and trade regulation. He has handled cases involving mergers and acquisitions, price discrimination, monopolization and attempted monopolization, price-fixing, class actions, intellectual property cases raising antitrust issues, and takeovers. In addition, he has significant experience in general commercial litigation.

In his most recent trial, he led a team for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco to a defense jury verdict on a price discrimination claim in which a tobacco retailer sought several billion dollars in damages allegedly caused by differences in prices offered to its competitors. Before trial, the court granted summary judgment on plaintiff's claim of a Sherman Act conspiracy with other retailers.

On the plaintiff's side, Bob won a multimillion dollar verdict for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) in a conspiracy and monopolization case against Blue Cross of Kansas (Reazin v. Blue Cross, et al., 663 F. Supp. 1360 (D. Kan. 1987), aff'd, 899 F.2d 951 (10th Cir.), cert. denied, 110 S. Ct. 3241 (1990)).

Bob also has had successful appellate arguments in the Second, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits.

Bob has served for 20 years on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University, including 13 years as Executive Committee Chairman. Bob is a Life Trustee of the National Civic League and past Chairman of the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education. He is a member of the Board of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and past Chairman of the Cleveland Initiative for Education.

Bob Rawson counsels clients and litigates disputes involving antitrust and trade regulation. He has handled cases involving mergers and acquisitions, price discrimination, monopolization and attempted monopolization, price-fixing, class actions, intellectual property cases raising antitrust issues, and takeovers. In addition, he has significant experience in general commercial litigation.

In his most recent trial, he led a team for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco to a defense jury verdict on a price discrimination claim in which a tobacco retailer sought several billion dollars in damages allegedly caused by differences in prices offered to its competitors. Before trial, the court granted summary judgment on plaintiff's claim of a Sherman Act conspiracy with other retailers.

On the plaintiff's side, Bob won a multimillion dollar verdict for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) in a conspiracy and monopolization case against Blue Cross of Kansas (Reazin v. Blue Cross, et al., 663 F. Supp. 1360 (D. Kan. 1987), aff'd, 899 F.2d 951 (10th Cir.), cert. denied, 110 S. Ct. 3241 (1990)).

Bob also has had successful appellate arguments in the Second, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits.

Bob has served for 20 years on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University, including 13 years as Executive Committee Chairman. Bob is a Life Trustee of the National Civic League and past Chairman of the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education. He is a member of the Board of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and past Chairman of the Cleveland Initiative for Education.

+ BIO: Calvin Sharpe

Calvin W. Sharpe clerked for U.S. District Judge Hubert L. Will (Northern District, Illinois), practiced law in Chicago, spent four years as a trial attorney with the National Labor Relations Board, and began his teaching career at Virginia. Since coming here in 1984 he has taught Evidence, Trial Tactics, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and courses in labor and employment law; he has published in all four areas. His most recent publications include Optmality Theory and Its Implications for Arbitrator, [vol 57] NAA Proceedings (forthcoming 2004), The Story of Emporium Capwell: Civil rights, Collective Action, and the Constraints of Union Power (with Marion Crain and Reuel Schiller) in Labor Law Stories (Laura Cooper and Catherine Fisk eds.)(Foundation Press 2005), Reliability Under Rule 702: A Specialized Application of 403, 34 Seton Hall L. Rev. 289 (2003),"Integrity Review of Statutory Arbitration Awards", 54 Hastings L. J. 311 (2003), and "Evidence Teaching Wisdom: A Survey", 26 U. Seattle L. Rev. 2 569 (2003), as well as a book, Understanding Labor Law, (2d ed. with Douglas Ray and Robert Strassfeld), (Lexis 2005). He has chaired the Evidence Section of the Association of American Law Schools and held visiting appointments at George Washington, DePaul, Wake Forest, and Minnesota. He was member of the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Arbitrators and currently serves on the United States Executive Board of the International Society of Labor and Social Security Law and the Board of Directors, JUSTPEACE Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation.

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