March 1, 2012


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Mediator to discuss ‘The Secret Talks that Led to the Fall of Apartheid’

The annual Lawrence Negotiation Lecture on Wednesday will feature Michael Young, a critical player in the fall of apartheid in South Africa.

Young will speak on “The Secret Talks that Led to the Fall of Apartheid” at the lecture, held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the William B. Saxbe Law Auditorium at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

In 1986, Young set up secret meetings in Mells Park House, a private mansion in Somerset, U.K., between the South African Government and the leadership of the African National Congress. There were more than a dozen covert meetings over a five-year period, all of which were purposefully kept out of the media spotlight.

The secret negotiations eventually led to the end the end of the apartheid system and to the release of an imprisoned Nelson Mandela, who later would become the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Young graduated from The University of York and started his career working for Prime Minister Edward Heath before moving to the private sector. During the negotiations, he worked for a British mining company, not the government – a point he has said was key to the success of the negotiations. The negotiations and Young’s role were the subject of the 2009 movie Endgame.

Today, Young runs his own company, advising businesses and governmental organizations around the world on strategic change management. This will be only the second time he has spoken in the United States.

The Program on Dispute Resolution offers the annual Lawrence Negotiation Lecture in coordination with the Lawrence Negotiation Competition. Both are named in honor of James K.L. Lawrence ’65, a partner with Frost Brown Todd in Cincinnati. Lawrence has worked as an attorney at the National Labor Relations Board and has practiced labor-relations and employment law for more than 30 years.

To reserve a seat for Young’s talk at Wednesday’s Lawrence Negotiation Lecture, click here.

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