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Friday, May 6, 2022

This time, let’s not talk about process

In the frenzied hours since Politico published a draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito striking down Roe v. Wade, commentators and writers have used strong language to emphasize the historic importance of the leak:  “unprecedented,” “shocking,” “singular and egregious.” But this focus on the leak—how it happened, who did it, and what it means for the future of Supreme Court deliberations—is misplaced if it comes at the cost of distracting from the opinion itself.  The important work to do right now has to do with substance, not process. … More

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Ada Tse ’91 and James Yang support the Negotiation Workshop

This story first appeared on the Harvard Law School website.   Harvard Law School is pleased to announce that a $1 million gift from Ada Tse ’91 and James Yang through their family’s YangTse Foundation will expand and enhance the Law School’s signature Negotiation Workshop, an intensive course that combines theory and practice to improve… More

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Building Capacity Without Losing Capacity: Legal Change and Dispute Resolution in Bhutan

In the spring of 2016 HNMCP engaged with the newly forming Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law (JSW Law) to examine the practices of local, traditional dispute resolvers, and to help JSW Law think through how formal judicial institutions, which have been the subject of large-scale capacity building initiatives following Bhutan’s transition to democracy in 2008, can complement, rather than supplant, traditional… More

Friday, September 23, 2016

Debating the debates

Whether looking for some reason, any reason, to support one candidate over another, or just wanting to watch high-stakes political mud wrestling, millions of Americans will tune in Monday night to see Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off in the first of three presidential debates. In this tumultuous and divisive election cycle where even… More

Friday, June 24, 2016

Interview with Bob Bordone on new White House project developing a negotiation toolkit

“It’s no secret that many of today’s young people could use a little more money in their pockets. Between student loan payments, sluggish wages and historically high rent costs, 20-somethings are often struggling to make ends meet. [HNMCP] is working with the White House to develop a suite of tools to help students, particularly those at… More

Friday, February 13, 2015

Sustainability Institute Seeks Public Comment on University Goal Setting Process

via Penn State News Penn State’s upper administration and the community have looked to the University’s Sustainability Institute as a convener of conversations and engagement processes around various sustainability issues, such as the concept of zero-carbon communities and a stakeholder assessment of the recent natural gas pipeline controversy. To that end, the institute commissioned and is… More

Monday, November 17, 2014

Why It Matters That The World’s Two Biggest Polluters Forged A Climate Accord

HNMCP Director Robert C. Bordone and Clinical Fellow Sara del Nido have published a new op-ed to WBUR’s  Cognoscenti on “Why it Matters That the World’s Two Biggest Polluters Forged a Climate Accord”.   “On Tuesday, Nov. 12, President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China announced a climate accord that demonstrates real promise in making progress… More

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Don’t Skimp on Legal Training

One of our favorite conflict resolution experts, Prof. Carrie Menkel-Meadow, co-authored a terrific Op/Ed in the New York Times responding to the “dire” news about law schools and providing some good ideas about moving legal education forward into the future, including more problem-solving courses, like the Negotiation Workshop, and clinics, like HNMCP! “We agree that legal education… More

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Becoming Better Negotiators Through Harvard Law Training

This article appeared in the newsletter of long-time HNMCP client, Seeds of Peace, a non-profit organization that inspires and equips new generations of leaders from regions of conflict with the relationships, understanding, and skills needed to advance lasting peace.   Dubai │ The 100th Seed has been certified through “Bridging the Gap: How to Resolve… More

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Vision for Cross-Sector Peacebuilding in Israel and Palestine

by Daniel Lubetzky Founder and President, PeaceWorks Foundation & the OneVoice Movement For over a decade, the OneVoice Movement has been empowering and mobilizing communities in Israel and Palestine to propel their leaders toward the two-state solution. We have succeeded in building a grassroots network committed to that goal, and on March 30, we will be launching… More

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Let’s Forget About Marching — Instead, Let’s Talk

For a brief moment, there seemed to be a breakthrough in the decades-old stalemate between the organizers of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade and LGBTQ groups striving to march in the annual event. The apparent deal, brokered by Boston’s new mayor, Marty Walsh, purportedly permitted LGBTQ groups to march so long as they avoided wearing… More

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Reviews of “Designing Systems”

In the October issue of the Negotiation Journal, Cathy Costantino, counsel at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Washington, DC, and adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, raved about the newest book co-authored by HNMCP Director Bob Bordone’s, Designing Systems and Processes for Managing Disputes, as a “one-stop shop” dispute systems design textbook. “Designing Systems is… More

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Foreclosure Dispute Resolution Programs: Do They Work?

The foreclosure crisis has affected thousands of families, businesses, and neighborhoods. In the November/December issue of Probate & Property, HNMCP Clinical Fellow Heather Kulp examines the effectiveness of foreclosure dispute resolution programs and their ability to help remedy the crisis.     Read the full article here: Foreclosure Dispute Resolution Programs: Do They Work?… More

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Negotiation experts on how to end the shutdown

HNMCP Director Bob Bordone and other negotiation experts share negotiation theory on the practical problems of the shutdown in this Washington Post article. Anyone hoping for a quick and tidy shutdown fix following President Obama‘s meeting with House and Senate leaders at the White House was bound to be disappointed. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters… More

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

What Obama Should Say About Syria

Prof. Bob Bordone and Clinical Instructor Alonzo Emery imagine a speech for Pres. Obama to give in tonight’s address to the nation that could lead the way out of conflict while saving face.    Check out WBUR’s Cognoscenti page for the full article.       President Barack Obama is expected to address the American people from… More

Monday, September 9, 2013

How Obama Can Be “Tuff” in Syria

Prof. Bob Bordone and HNMCP Clinical Instructor Alonzo Emery advise Pres. Obama how to negotiate with Syria in the Harvard Negotiation Law Review op-ed.… More

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Partners, not Rivals

Rory Van Loo ’07   This summer while Brazil was erupting in protests I traveled to the country’s capital Brasilia to speak at the government’s first national conference on mediation and conciliation. Although the Brazilian protests had at times shut the country down as hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets demanding an… More

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Understanding Obama’s Syria Negotiation – With Himself

by Erica Ariel Fox    On Syria, President Barack Obama is surrounded by calls to action, taunted from abroad that he’s too weak to act, criticized at home that he’s too slow or too uncertain. On one level, he’s facing a diabolical strategic challenge. That’s obvious. On another level, a more subtle one, he’s dealing with a… More

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Baseball Arbitration: An ADR Success

by Jeff Monhait ’12   Major League Baseball’s salary arbitration system strikes a unique balance during a player’s first six major league seasons between teams completely controlling players and players earning their fair market value. Critically, the system resolves the issue of player salaries prior to, or, at the latest, early in spring training. This system developed… More

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Backing the Future: The economist and lawyer Roger Ferguson ’79 talks about his dreams—and the reality of helping others realize theirs

By Daniel Doktori ’13   Not surprisingly, it hadn’t been easy to get a half-hour on the schedule of the president and CEO of Fortune magazine’s 88th largest corporation in the U.S. But when Roger Ferguson ’79, chief of the financial services giant TIAA-CREF and former vice chair of the board of governors of the… More