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 Disputes Through  Negotiation.”

The intensive three-day training, held in both Jerusalem and Dubai in January, is a partnership between Seeds of Peace and Harvard Law School’s Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP).

The impact of the program on Seeds is immediate: post-program surveys indicate that Seeds emerge as more confident mediators able to manage disagreement and intervene positively to resolve disputes.

“The training allowed us to get a feel for how critical it is for a mediator to maintain impartiality, establish ground rules, and maintain effective communication between the parties in dispute,” said Schezreh, one of seven Pakistani Seeds to graduate from the program.

This is the third year that Harvard Law School students have created a custom training curriculum for Seeds of Peace, then traveled to the Middle East with HNMCP Director Robert Bordone to implement it.

For the first time this year, the training was expanded to include Seeds from India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, who met in Dubai.