Columbia Law School’s mediation clinic was founded in 1992 by Clinical Professor of Law Carol B. Liebman and is now part of the Law School’s Alternative Dispute Resolution program.
The Edson Queiroz Foundation was founded in 1971 by the Edson Queiroz Group, a Brazilian conglomerate, to promote development in northeast Brazil through education and vocational training. The Foundation established the University of Fortaleza, which holds classes in English, in 1973.
In 2013, Columbia Law School and the University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR) in Brazil announced a partnership to expand the teaching and practice of mediation and conflict resolution in the United States and Brazil.
The Law School’s Mediation Clinic was renamed the Edson Queiroz Foundation Mediation Program, and it supports research and a variety of student and scholarly exchanges between the two institutions, including opportunities for faculty to serve abroad. The program also brings Brazilian judicial leaders to Columbia Law School to learn about how mediation is used in the U.S. to resolve disputes outside of the courtroom.