John L. Barkai

  • Professor of Law
  • Co-Director, Clinical Law Program
  • Regents’ Medalist for Excellence in Teaching


  • BBA University of Michigan 1967
  • MBA University of Michigan 1968
  • JD University of Michigan 1971


Professor Barkai joined the faculty in 1978. Prior to coming to Hawai`i, he was a criminal trial lawyer in Detroit and a tenured faculty member at Wayne State University Law School. Professor Barkai also served previously as Associate Dean at the law school. He currently directs the clinical program and teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Evidence, and Prosecution Clinic. In addition, he teaches conflict resolution and international negotiations for the University of Hawai`i College of Business Administration.

Professor Barkai was chosen by the students and faculty as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

He is active in the legal community as President of the Board of Directors of the Neighborhood Justice (Mediation) Center, Chair of the ADR Section of the Hawai'i State Bar, and President of the Legal Aid Society of Hawai`i. In addition, Professor Barkai has served as a consultant to the Hawai`i Judiciary, the Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia, the State Court of Kosrae, and the Minister of Justice for Papua New Guinea. In 1992-93 he was a Visiting Senior Scholar at the City University of Hong Kong and has taught ADR courses and workshops in Australia, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Korea, and Micronesia.



  • What’s a Cross-Cultural Mediator to do? A Low Context Solution for a High-Context Problem, 10 CARDOZO J. CONFLICT RESOL. 43 (2008).
  • Cultural Dimension Interests, the Dance of Negotiation, and Weather Forecasting: A Perspective on Cross-Cultural Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, 8 PEPP. DISP. RESOL. L.J. 403 (2007-2008).
  • Mediation of Construction Disputes in the United States, proceedings of the Fourth International Conference On Multi-National Joint Venture For Construction Works, Tainan, Taiwan (Oct. 2008).


  • Hawaii Supreme Court's Standing Committee on the Rules of Evidence, 1993 - present.
  • Trainer for week-long “Strategic Negotiation Executive Training Programs,” for the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Taiwan, 2007, 2008, 2009.
  • Trainer for 7-day Mediation Workshop for 50 Judges from the Kingdom of Thailand, Sep. - Oct., 2008.
  • Visiting Professor, University of Idaho School of Law, May 2008.
  • Visiting Professor, Shinshu University, Matsumoto, Japan, Aug., 2007.