July 22, 1998
Release No. 45-98
CONTACT: Theresa Markiw
PHONE: (202) 619-4130

United States Information Agency
- News Release

Tanzanian Judges Study Alternative Dispute Resolution in Washington

Washington, D.C. -- Six judges from Tanzania are taking part in a two-week alternative dispute resolution training program at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia through July 25, 1998.

This international exchange program is sponsored by the United States Information Agency’s (USIA) Office of International Visitors and is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), a non-profit international educational exchange organization. The alternative dispute resolution program will help the six judges improve their mediation skills. Upon return to their native country, their training will help them to enhance the quality of mediation provided by Tanzanian courts, enable the training of future mediators throughout Tanzania, and provide for the personalized skill development of all Tanzanian mediators.

At the start of their training, the Tanzanian judges met with the Honorable Eugene H. Hamilton, Chief Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. In welcoming them, Chief Judge Hamilton said, “Democracy is very much dependent on a strong, competent, and independent judiciary and we are confident that your training here in the Superior Court will greatly contribute to the strength, competence, and independence of the Tanzanian judiciary.” The judges are spending two weeks at the Superior Court working with dispute resolution trainers Melinda Ostermeyer and Dawn Martin, of ADR Associates, and with Wallace Meissner, Training Manager for the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division of the D.C. Superior Court. The judges, the Honorables Buxton David Chipeta, John A. Mroso, Dan P. Mapigano, Josephat M. Mackanja, John Edward Mtotela, and Rose A. Teemba, will be in Washington until July 27.

This exchange program is part of a multi-year, multi-project initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and USIA, to bring alternative dispute resolution and a greater understanding and practice of the rule of law to Tanzania and the Great Lakes region of Africa.

Media interested in this program or in interviewing the participants should contact Theresa Markiw of USIA’s Office of Public Liaison, at (202) 619-4130.

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