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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

HNMCP and the American Bar Association Jointly Release Report on Best Practices for Eviction Diversion: “Designing for Housing Stability”

A major new report jointly released today by the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program and the American Bar Association identifies a list of key considerations for designing court-based and court-adjacent eviction prevention and/or diversion programs. The report, Designing for Housing Stability: Best Practices for Court-Based and Court-Adjacent Eviction Prevention and/or Diversion Programs, was written… More

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Dispute Systems Design Info Session for HLS Students

This information session brought together current Dispute Systems Design Clinic students—to talk about the skills they’ve harvested from working with real-world clients through the clinic—as well as alums, who reflect on how their clinic experience helped them discern and inform their professional path and work in the world. This info session was held for Harvard… More

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program Releases Report on a New Safety Response System for the City of Boston

The Boston Police Department routinely responds to calls for service involving mental health, homelessness, substance use, traffic incidents, and nonviolent neighborhood or domestic disputes. In the face of nationwide racial disparities in public safety practices, many have advocated for the ability to seek help in addressing these issues without relying entirely on the police. In June… More

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The Risk—and Relief—in Calls for Unity

President Biden ran on a campaign of unity, “restoring the soul of our nation.” These calls often resembled a pastor’s sermon more than policymaker’s plan, and suggested that division was not a symptom, but instead a harm in and of itself. . . . In President Biden’s view, it seems that division itself is what needs to be overcome. But how? Does his vision of unity include those who stormed the Capitol, or the lawmakers who refuse to denounce them? How do we achieve unity when the current moment also requires an unambiguous rejection of forms of violence? Is his unity a moral aspiration, or a political project? If it is the latter, how do we implement it?… More

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Three Ways of Looking at Dispute Resolution

Former HNMCP Clinical Instructor and Harvard Law School Lecturer on Law Andrew Mamo ’14 has published “Ways of Looking at Dispute Resolution” in the Wake Forest Law Review.… More

Monday, September 14, 2020

Strategies in Multi-Party Negotiations (A Video Presentation)

HNMCP is fortunate to draw on the expertise of a wide variety of practitioners in seeking to understand and teach students about the nuances of alternative dispute resolution. One of those practitioners is Susan Carney Lynch, JD, DrPH, NREMT-P, a lawyer, public servant, and Fellow with Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI). Dr. Lynch has built a career… More

Monday, August 31, 2020

Morgan Franklin promoted to Clinical Instructor at the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program

The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) is pleased to announce the promotion of Morgan Franklin. Franklin serves as a Lecturer on Law in the school’s flagship Negotiation Workshop and as a Clinical Instructor with HNMCP, where her main work will focus on supervising current and recruiting new clinical projects. Morgan most recently served as the Clinical Fellow at HNMCP.… More

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Covid-19 and Conflicts: The Health of Peace Processes During a Pandemic

HNMCP alum Lisa Dicker ’17 and HLS alum Danae Askar ’16, both of whom have worked in peace negotiation and post-conflict transitional contexts, have co-authored “Covid-19 and Conflicts: The Health of Peace Processes During a Pandemic” in the Harvard Negotiation Law Journal. The article provides a preliminary analysis of the impacts of the pandemic on… More

Monday, May 4, 2020

Can Dispute Systems Design be “Rapid-Response”?

Dispute systems design, when done well, emphasizes thoughtful, intentional engagement with stakeholders in order to develop robust conflict management systems. Is this approach useful during an acute crisis? A few days ago, a friend who works in a state court system sent the following email to me and a number of colleagues in the field of… More

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Engaging Deep Differences Online

Originally published on the Indisputably blog as part of the Theory-of-Change Symposium . You can find all the submissions for the symposium here.   As we approach the next election, we continue to confront important challenges about engaging across deeply felt differences. Our country remains polarized, and many feel disconnected from those whose views differ… More

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Redressing Harm through Restorative Justice

This article about the recent HNLR Annual Symposium, sponsored by the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program, was published in Harvard Law Today, written by Victoriya Levina and Basil Williams Sydnee Robinson, a 2L at Harvard Law School and chair of the 2019 Harvard Negotiation Law Review symposium, and Shannon Schmidt, a Harvard Divinity School… More

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Thanks for Listening!

We are pleased to announce that the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program has been awarded a grant from the American Arbitration Association International Centre for Dispute Resolution Foundation to fund a new podcast series called Thanks for Listening, which will launch in early November 2018.… More

Monday, November 5, 2018

What Relevance for ADR in situations of Domestic Violence?

This is the sixth installment of a blog series called From the Field. In this series we spotlight stories and insights from former students, friends, and colleagues who are working in the field of dispute resolution. This post is Part I of a two-part post by Stephan Sonnenberg ’06.   Domestic violence, as we are all… More

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Lessons Learned: Facilitating a Conversation about Remembrance

by Niharika Singh ’18 When Zikaron BaSalon first asked me to facilitate a discussion about Holocaust Remembrance on Holocaust Memorial Day, the task seemed easy even though the subject matter was weighty. After all, many people who were similarly inexperienced in leading group discussions had successfully hosted similar events with Zikaron BaSalon in the past. Moreover,… More

Monday, April 30, 2018

Principled Negotiations and Complex Peace Processes: Reflections on connecting theory to practice—Part II

In the first installment of our reflection on the pedagogy of principled negotiation, we began our consideration of the practicalities of applying theories of interest-based negotiation to peacebuilding.

We turn now to the concept of negotiation process. … More

Monday, February 26, 2018

In Memoriam: Frank Sander, 1927-2018

We are saddened to learn of the passing of one of the great teachers and scholars in the field of dispute resolution, Frank E. A. Sander, A.B. LL.B, Bussey Professor of Law, Emeritus at Harvard Law School. Sander is widely credited with being one of the founders of our field of alternative dispute resolution due the… More