Paola Cecchi Dimeglio is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at PON and a joint fellow at Harvard Kennedy School at the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP).

Her research interests include the role of lawyers and the evolution of the legal profession in the 21st century and the effects of gender, culture and organizational behavior on international strategic alliances. In her studies, she applies quantitative and qualitative research methods. Currently, at PON, Dr. Cecchi Dimeglio is focusing on three research projects: 1) the effects of gender and culture on the decision-making, negotiation and conflict management processes in international partnerships in Asia, 2) the role of lawyers in emerging economies, and 3) gender and entrepeneurship.

She is also involved as co-organizer and trainer in the Water Diplomacy Workshop initiated by the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program and Tufts University. In parallel to her academic career, she is working with the Hon. Daniel Weinstein and the Weinstein Group on complex mediations with aggregate values of multimillion dollars and consults for various firms on investment transactions and international strategic development.

In 2011, she received the Weinstein Fellowship from the JAMS Foundation for her accomplishments in the field of ADR. Dr. Cecchi Dimeglio is Co-chair of the ABA International Committee on the Future of ADR and has been nominated as Expert Coordinator for several EU and UN funded projects on Gender, ADR and Lawyers.

She is also a research affiliate at UC Hastings College of the Law and Stanford University (Gould Center). Before joining PON, she was the Research Director of Comparative Law at the Hague University and she practiced law in Paris for Landwell LLP (PWC correspondent) and for Baker and McKenzie focusing on intenrational contracts in Asia. Dr. Cecchi Dimeglio has developed and taught several courses in the field of ADR, international franchise contracts, comparative law, intellectual property, and gender and the law at American, Dutch, and French universities in addition to publishing several articles on these topics.

Paola earned her JD, LLM, and her Magistere-DJCE degree in Common and Civil Law and a Ph.D. in Social Sciences (summa cum laude) while studying at universities in France, Belgium, and in the United States.