Mariana H.C. Gonstead portrait

Mariana H.C. Gonstead

Professor, IDRR Network Executive Director, Deputy to the Dean for International Legal Studies
Degree
J.D., Harvard Law School
LL.M., Harvard Law School
J.D., Universidad Catolica Andres Bello
Office
MSL 456
Phone
(651) 962-4835
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-4835
Mail
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Professor Mariana H.C. Gonstead holds J.D. and LL.M. degrees from Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, she led projects in Latin America in the area of capacity building of conflict resolution, conflict transformation, and cultural awareness with community leaders and educational institutions. She has taught classes on conflict resolution at the Metropolitana University in Venezuela and the Law School of the University of Alfonso X El Sabio in Madrid, Spain.

Her first law degree was from the Catholic University Andres Bello in Caracas.  In Caracas, she practiced law and clerked for Justice Calcano de Temeltas of the Supreme Court.  She also worked as an associate at Davis Polk and Wardwell in New York City.

Currently, Professor Gonstead is professor of law at St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she teaches courses in the area of conflict resolution, such as ADR, mediation, community-based advocacy, and environmental problem solving. She is also the founder and executive director of the University of St. Thomas International Dispute Resolution Research Network, and serves as deputy to the dean for international legal studies. 

Her research explores how Dispute Systems Design can create more participatory models that lead to broader inclusion in dispute and conflict management systems design.  She has publications in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

As the Co-Chair of the ABA Law School Committee of the ADR Section, she is a coordinator for the Regional and National Competitions of Representation in Mediation of the American Bar Association, as well as the ABA National ADR Educators' Colloquium. She also serves as part of the Scholarly Award Committee of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution.

In addition, she has broad international experience in the field.  She has trained and led national consensus building efforts in Brazil, focused on maximizing the nation's dispute resolution systems.  She has also trained Venezuelans on advanced mediation and Dispute Systems Design.  Working with the Trust for the Americas at the Organization of American States (OAS), she has led programs on Dispute Systems Design capacity building with the labor and non-profit sectors in El Salvador and the Dominican Republic.  As an expert in investor-State disputes, she participated in the UNCTAD World Investment Forum in China.

 

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 903 - 01 Appropriate Dispute Resolution M - - - - - - 1800 - 2055 MSL 242
CRN: 43169 Instructor: Mariana D. Hernandez Crespo Gonstead This course will examine the theory and practice of resolving legal disputes in ways other than by litigation. Students will explore the nature of conflict resolution among individuals and among groups. They will examine ADR processes like mediation, arbitration and summary jury trials, with a heavy emphasis on negotiation and settlement dynamics and techniques. The course will focus throughout on the ethical responsibilities of lawyers advising clients about settlement and ADR processes.

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LAWS 905 - 02 Negotiation - T - - - - - 1800 - 2055 MSL 242
CRN: 43217 Instructor: Mariana D. Hernandez Crespo Gonstead This course will examine the theory and practice of resolving legal disputes through negotiation, with an emphasis on negotiation theory, negotiation strategy and settlement dynamics. The course will develop negotiation skills through role playing and simulations. Students will also explore the ethics of negotiation and the ethical responsibilities of attorneys in the context of negotiations on behalf of a client.

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LAWS 950 - 10 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43226 Instructor: Mariana D. Hernandez Crespo Gonstead Under the supervision of a faculty member, a student may receive up to two hours of course credit for researching and writing a substantial paper on a topic of the student's own choosing. The student must receive the instructor's per- mission to enroll in this course and must meet periodically with the instructor for discussion, review and evaluation. Each faculty member may supervise the research of no more than five students each semester.

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 914 - 01 Mediation M - - - - - - 1800 - 2055 MSL 242
CRN: 22681 Instructor: Mariana D. Hernandez Crespo Gonstead This course will examine different types of mediation, and will focus on developing mediation skills. These skills will then be put to use in simulations. We will also focus on the concept and process of "value creation". Students will be required to write a short paper in lieu of an examinaiton.

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LAWS 914 - 02 Mediation - T - - - - - 1800 - 2055 MSL 242
CRN: 22682 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Mariana D. Hernandez Crespo Gonstead This course will examine different types of mediation, and will focus on developing mediation skills. These skills will then be put to use in simulations. We will also focus on the concept and process of "value creation". Students will be required to write a short paper in lieu of an examinaiton.

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LAWS 950 - 09 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22812 Instructor: Mariana D. Hernandez Crespo Gonstead Under the supervision of a faculty member, a student may receive up to two hours of course credit for researching and writing a substantial paper on a topic of the student's own choosing. The student must receive the instructor's per- mission to enroll in this course and must meet periodically with the instructor for discussion, review and evaluation. Each faculty member may supervise the research of no more than five students each semester.

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