Faculty & Staff




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


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


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.

Selected Publications


  • Hawaii Rules of Evidence Handbook (2016-2017). SSRN
  • Teacher’s Manual for Mediation Representation: Advocating as a Problem-Solver in Any Country or Culture (N.I.T.A. 2010) (with Abramson).

Chapters & Articles

  • “Let’s Stop Spreading Rumors about Settlement and Litigation: A Comparative Study of Settlement and Litigation in Hawaii Courts”, 29 Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol. 85 (2014). HeinOnline | SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • “The Hardest Case I Never Settled”, 13 Hawaii Bar Journal (2009). SSRN
  • “The Education and Training of Mediators”, The Fifth International Conference on Multi-National Joint Ventures for Construction Works (Oct. 2009). SSRN
  • “Bringing Mediation (Back) to Micronesia” (July 2009). SSRN
  • “What’s a Cross-Cultural Mediator to do? A Low Context Solution for a High-Context Problem”, 10 CARDOZO J. CONFLICT RESOL. 43 (2008). HeinOnline | SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • “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).  HeinOnlineSSRN | ScholarSpace
  • “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). SSRN
  • “A Profile of Settlement,” co-authored with Elizabeth Kent, and Pamela Martin, 42 Court Review, Issue 3-4, (Fall/Winter 2006) 34. SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • “Settling Civil Lawsuits in the Hawaii Circuit Courts,” co-authored with Elizabeth Kent, and Pamela Martin, 10 Hawaii Bar Journal No.13, 73 (2006). SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • “Motions in Limine: Character Problems and Bad Acts”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Winter Convention Reference Materials 109 (2006). SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • “Using Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques In Construction Disputes,” Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Infrastructure Management and Financing, Kyoto University, Kyoto Japan, 2003. SSRN
  • “Settling Civil Lawsuits In The Hawaii Circuit Courts,” co-authored with Elizabeth Kent, Pamela Martin and Ashley Masuoka. A monograph for the State of Hawaii Judiciary, 2003. 
  • “Teaching Negotiation and ADR: The Savvy Samurai Meets the Devil,” 75 Nebraska Law Review 704 (1996).  An earlier version was published as University of Hawaii, Program on Conflict Resolution Working Paper Series: 1996-1. HeinOnline | SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • “The Court Annexed Arbitration Program Interim Evaluation Report: March 1991,” in T. Kojima, T. Atsumi, H. Hokama & M. Shimizu, The Grand Design of America’ Justice System 172 (1995). Tokyo: Chuo University Press. (with Gene Kassebaum) 
  • “What Happens When Mediation Is Institutionalized?” 9 Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol. 307 (1994) (with James Alfini, Robert Baruch Bush, Michele Hermann, Jonathan Hyman, Kimberlee Kovach, Carol Liebman, Sharon Press, & Leonard Riskin) SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • “Investing in Vietnam: An Ancient Land Looks for Modern Money,” Legal Times, 36 (June 1994). (with Laurence Brahm) SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • “Using Electronic Mail for International Negotiation Simulations,” (with Andrew Clark) University of Hawaii, Program on Conflict Resolution Working Paper Series: 1993-1. SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • “Applying The Hawaiian Mediation Model To Disputes and Conflicts,” 11 Interspectives 40 (1992). SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • “Electronic Negotiation: The International Electronic Mail Computer Negotiation Project,” 11 Interspectives 71 (1992). SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • “Court-Annexed Arbitration in Hawaii: Is it Worth it?” Hiroshima Bar Journal, Japan, September, 1992 (in Japanese) SSRN
  • “Hawaii’s Court Annexed Arbitration Program Interim Evaluation Report: March 1991,” (with Kassebaum) in T. Kojima, America’ Civil Justice System 261 (1992). (in Japanese). Tokyo: Chuo University Press.
  • “Hawaii’s Court-Annexed Arbitration Program: The Final Report, 1992”, Program on Conflict Resolution Working Paper Series (1992) & 16 Hiroshima Law Journal (1992-1993) (in Japansese). SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • “American Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation – An Overview and Mini-Training,” 15 Hiroshima Law Journal 157 (1991) (in Japanese). SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • “Pushing the Limits on Court-Annexed Arbitration: The Hawaii Experience,” 14 Justice System Journal 133 (1991) (with Kassebaum).  An earlier draft was published in the Program on Conflict Resolution Working Paper Series: 1990-2. SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • “Nonverbal Communication from the Other Side: Speaking Body Language,” 27 San Diego Law Review 101 (1990). HeinOnlineSSRNScholarSpace
  • “Hawaii Court-Annexed Arbitration Evaluation is the First to Show Cost Reduction to Litigants,” 3 BNA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Report 140 (1989) (with Kassebaum). 
  • “Using Court-Annexed Arbitration to Reduce Litigant Costs and to Increase the Pace of Litigation,” 16 Pepperdine L. Rev. 43 (1989) (with Kassebaum).  An earlier version was published as Program on Conflict Resolution Working Paper Series: 1989-2. HeinOnlineSSRN | ScholarSpace
  • “The Impact of Discovery Limitations on Pace, Cost and Satisfaction in Court Annexed Arbitration,” 11 U. Haw. L. Rev. 81 (1989) (with Kassebaum).  Also published in Japan as 13 Hiroshima Law Journal 132 (1989).  An earlier version was published as Court-Annexed Arbitra¬tion in Hawaii: An Evaluation of Cost, Satisfac¬tion, and Pace, Program on Conflict Resolution Working Paper Series: 1988-3. HeinOnline | SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • “The Lecture-In-Disguise”, 18 New Mexico L. Rev.  117 (1987-88). HeinOnline | SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • “How to Develop the Skill of Active Listening,” 30 Practical Lawyer  (June 1984). HeinOnline | SSRNScholarSpace
  • “Active Listening,” 20 Trial 66 (August 1984). SSRN
  • “Empathy Training for Lawyers and Law Students,” 13 Southwestern Univ. L. Rev., 505 (1983) (with V. Fine). HeinOnline | SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • “Sensory Based Language in Legal Communication”, 27 Practical Lawyer No. 1, 41 (1981). HeinOnline | SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • “A New Model for Legal Communication:  Sensory Experience and Representational Systems,” 29 Cleveland St. L. Rev. 575 (1980). HeinOnline | SSRNScholarSpace
  • “Lower Criminal Courts:  The Perils of Procedure,” 69 J. Crim. L. 270 (1978). HeinOnline | SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • “Accuracy Inquiries for All Felony and Misdemeanor Pleas, Voluntary Pleas But Innocent Defendants”, 126 U. Pa. L. Rev. 88 (1977). HeinOnline | SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • “The Present Legal Status of Plea Bargaining,” (Video Cassette), Center for the Administration of Justice, Detroit, Michigan (1974).

Book Reviews

  • “How To Get and Keep Good Clients,” 23 Trial 94 (Aug. 1987). 
  • “The Legal Education of Plea Bargaining Participants,” 68 Ky. L. J. 240 (1979). SSRN


  • 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.
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