By Linda Scales
University of Ottawa law students will soon be honing their skills in international mediation and conflict resolution thanks to the generosity and foresight of alumni Edie Neuberger and Norm Jesin. The husband-and-wife team from Toronto have donated $1 million to create a professorship in international conflict resolution.
Neuberger and Jesin, both Common Law members of the Class of ’81, spoke at a gathering to announce the gift at uOttawa’s Faculty of Law on November 17.
“I believe I have the responsibility to make this world a better place,” said Neuberger, who is a lawyer in private practice. Meanwhile, Jesin, a labour lawyer, arbitrator and mediator, knows first-hand the importance of conflict resolution skills.
The Common Law Section will create the Neuberger-Jesin International Conflict Resolution Professorship, enabling the University to recruit a leading expert in the resolution of international conflicts.
In thanking Neuberger and Jesin for their gift, Chancellor Calin Rovinescu said the professorship will provide uOttawa law students with invaluable opportunities. “It adds tremendous depth and breadth to the international law program at the University of Ottawa,” he said.
Recent international conflicts have underscored the significance of this gift. Such conflicts have led to the creation of the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program, a uOttawa Faculty of Law initiative, along with a number of uOttawa scholarships and programs for refugee students.