Friday, April 21, 2017


HNMCP has released several new negotiation simulations that can be purchased for use in the classroom through the Harvard Law School Case Studies website.

YNMCP is our new role play set at a leading clothing company in need of dispute systems design. The simulation allows students the opportunity to practice identifying stakeholders, conducting interviews, facilitating focus groups, managing client expectations and dealing with potential ethical challenges, all of which are directly applicable to working with clients on a variety of dispute systems design projects. There are five core learning units, corresponding with these skills. Although designed to work together, the units can be purchased individually and used as stand-alone exercises. Teaching Notes provide guidance on how to run the exercise.

Mortgage Crisis Call is designed to be conducted as a conference call, giving students a chance to practice facilitating a high level meeting. Participants play the roles of prominent attorneys general from around the country, meeting to decide how to address banks holding a high percentages of residential mortgages.  Participants will need to decide whether they want to pursue unified litigation, and if so, what form it will take. The excercise focuses on balancing competing interests as well as the complex power dynamics in a multi-party negotiation. The exact role of each participant on the call is left up to the group. Several believe it is their role to facilitate the call while others find it surprising to find out there are others who think the same. This element of surprise exacerbates power dynamics and heightens the need for clarity about roles and responsibilities on the call. Teaching Notes help educators design debriefs to ensure a rich learning experience.

Zombie ApocalypseU.S. Defense Taskforce explores group decision-making processes in a multi-party negotiation in a fun and engaging way. The case opens when the zombie apocalypse has begun. Participants are part of a small committee in the U.S. Department of State entrusted to select the four people who will lead the effort in preparing for, surviving, and defeating the zombies. This simulation emphasizes two crucial elements of multi-party negotiations: criteria and group process. Participants are given candidate biographies and challenged to think through the criteria they use (or don’t) for determining who should lead the U.S. They are plunged into a high-stakes conversation without being provided any structure, agenda, or distinct roles on the committee. The simulation can be completed in an hour, including set-up and debrief (possible questions provided in the Teaching Note).