Carolyn Hansen

Carolyn Hansen

Carolyn Hansen is an experienced mediator, arbitrator, and attorney who brings a quick mind and centering presence to all pursuits. She is a decisive, articulate legal and dispute resolution professional with exceptional advisory, negotiating, writing and administrative skills. She is able to quickly assimilate new concepts, handle complex high-stakes transactions and work comfortably in a variety of cultures and business settings. As creator and leader of non-profit and for-profit organizations, she conceptualizes, articulates and implements vision plans that involve others and benefit society.

For 12 years she has maintained a private mediation practice and also mediated commercial and family law disputes referred by various courts. She is on the approved panel of mediators for the Supreme Court, Commercial Division, Nassau County and the Supreme Court State of New York, New York County, Commercial Division ADR Program.

Because of Carolyn’s extensive cross cultural and foreign language expertise, for example, she was chosen to mediate an international commercial dispute in Mandarin Chinese involving parties from China and Taiwan. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and has a working knowledge of Spanish.

From 1974 to 1988, she served first as international counsel for S.C. Johnson: A Family Company, then at Schering-Plough Corporation, and finally as head of the law department of Ralston Purina Company’s international division (RPI). In those capacities she oversaw and negotiated business arrangements in over sixty countries and developed extensive expertise in international business and U.S. trade law. For eight of those years she also served as a security-cleared advisor to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Commerce on international trade negotiations, including NAFTA and WTO.

While living in Taiwan from early 1988 through late 1999, she founded and led Hansen International Company, Ltd., an international law advisory firm. There she refined her extensive expertise in cross cultural negotiation while representing North American and European clients doing business in greater China. She is currently in private practice in the Hudson Valley focusing on international and domestic commercial mediation and arbitration, commercial law and non-profit organizations.

As a member of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health she is active in the international movement for therapeutic jurisprudence, which brings psychology into the training and practice of law. She served on the board of the New York State Dispute Resolution Association from 2002 to 2005 and has served on professional, business, and non-profit organization boards of directors. She is currently completing a chapter on international mediation for a book about new developments in law being compiled by attorneys in the Project of Integrating Spirituality, Law and Politics. Carolyn leads self-determination workshops in the U.S. and around the world teaching people how to center themselves and work in a more healthy way. 


  • LL.M., Free University (Vrije Universiteit), Brussels, Belgium,
    • Master’s in International and Comparative Law (1973) 
    • Cum Laude on full fellowship
    • Article published in Texas International Law Journal (1976)
  • J.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1972)
    • Emphasis on business and comparative law, top 10% on work during final year.
    • Summer Session, International Court of Justice, The Hague Academy, The Hague, The Netherlands (1971)
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Wisconsin (1969)
    • Majors: Political Science and International Studies
    • Summer Session at the United Nations, sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, New York, NY (1968)


  • B.S., Barbara Brennan School of Healing (2013)
  • B.I.P., Advanced Studies in Psychology, Barbara Brennan School of Healing (2008)
  • A.S./ED., Advanced Studies in Education, Barbara Brennan School of Healing (2005)
  • Diploma, Four Years Basic Studies, Barbara Brennan School of Healing (2003)


  • Taiwan Business Council for Sustainable Development, Founders Award (1999)
  • State of the World Forum, Presidents Council (1998)
  • Taiwan Business Council for Sustainable Development, Honorary Advisor (1997 to 1999)
  • University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Distinguished Alumni Award (1994)
  • University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Outstanding Alumni Award (1976)
  • University of Michigan/Vrije Universiteit, Brussels, Full Fellowship for       
  • International and Comparative Law Studies (1972-1973)
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Best Written Brief, Jessup Moot Court (1971)
  • University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Outstanding Senior Award (1969)


  • Mandarin Chinese (speaking)
  • Spanish (working knowledge)
  • French (reading ability)


  • Education and Training Supplement, article, "The Bigger Picture", New Law Journal, Vol. 156, No. 7215, March, 2006
  • Book Review of PRACTICING THERAPEUTIC JURISPRUDENCE, LAW AS A HELPING PROFESSION, (Co-Authored by Dennis P. Stolle, David B.Wexler and Bruce J. Winick), New York Lawyers Journal, 2001
  • "Intellectual Property Protection in the Republic of China", European Council of Commerce and Trade in Taiwan, April - May, 1992
  • "CAMD and the Law" entitled "Hansen Provides Overview of Intellectual Property Protection in the Republic of China", Chemical Design Automation News Vol. 7, No. 7, July, 1992
  • "Reflections upon Economic and Monetary Union in the European Community" (Co-Author with J.J. Norton), Texas International Law Journal, Vol. 11, No. 2, Spring


  • Bar of the State of New York (1981 to present)
  • Bar of the State of Wisconsin (1974 to present)
  • Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States (1986 to present)              
  • American Society of International Law   
  • Wisconsin Bar Association (1974 to present)
  • Mediator, New York State trained (2001 to present)
  • Officer or board member of professional, business and non-profit organizations in the United States and Taiwan.
  • Industry Sector Advisory Committee 3, US government security cleared advisor to US Dept. of Commerce and Office of the US Trade Representative on international trade negotiations (1980-1988)


  • Workshop: Managing Risk in International Transactions – Seminar for Exporters, Nov. 15, 2012
  • Workshop "Doing Business in China", US Department of Commerce, Small Business Administration; Ulster County Development Corporation and Ulster Country Chamber of Commerce, 2008
  • Workshop "International Business: A Melange", Mid Hudson Valley Center for Innovation, Lake Katrine, NY, 2007 
  • "Cross Cultural Skills; Relationship Building in Chinese Markets", APICS Mid-Hudson, 2006 
  • Adjunct Faculty, Business Law I, State University of New York Ulster, Business Resource Center, Kingston, New York, 2006 
  • Workshop "Cross-Cultural Skills: Relationship Building in Chinese Markets", Orange County NY, Chamber of Commerce Goshen, NY, 2006 
  • "Taiwan and Chinese Markets", Council of Industry of Southeastern New York and Hudson Valley International Trade Association, 2005 
  • Guest Lecturer, "Practical Experience in International Business", State University of New York, New Paltz, 2004 
  • Workshop "Power, Presence and Purpose: Awareness and Leadership,", Symposium on Spirituality and Business, Babson College, Boston, MA, April 18, 2004 
  • "The Spiritual Technology of the Lawyer's Oath", (Co-Presenter with Cheryl L. Conner, Esq.), International Alliance of Holistic Lawyers Annual Meeting, Durham, New Hampshire, October 10, 2003 
  • Presentation, How to Create and Administer Cross-Sectoral Projects involving Non-Profit Organizations and Business and/or Government, Leave a Legacy, Dutchess County, NY, 2003 
  • "WTO and International Trade Agreements", Council of Industry for Southeastern New York and the Hudson Valley International Trade Association, 2003 
  • Workshop "Power, Presence and Purpose: Meditation and Leadership", Women-Business-Spirituality: A New Formula for Leadership Conference, New York, NY, October 14, 2002 
  • "Methodology of Involving the Community in Development Planning", UNESCO, International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Annual Meeting, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1993 
  • Futures and Options Expo '92 "Overview of the Status of the Futures Industry in the Republic of China", Futures Industry Association, Chicago, IL, 1992 
  • Closing the Gap: Pacific Rim Futures Conference "Doing Business, American Style", San Francisco, CA, 1991 
  • "Legal Developments in the European Community", Ministry of Economic Affairs R.O.C., Industrial Development and Investment Center Taipei, Taiwan, 1991 
  • "Overview of Business Laws and Regulations of New York, State in Investing in the United States", New York State. Empire State Development Corporation Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, 1989