About: Robert Bordone

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Thaddeus R. Beal Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School
Founder of the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program

Widely recognized for his work and research in dispute resolution, Bordone teaches several courses for the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, where he also serves on the Executive Committee. As a professional facilitator and conflict resolution consultant, Bordone specializes in dispute systems design, and in helping individuals and groups, including corporate clients, manage conflicts in highly sensitive, emotional, or difficult situations.

In 2007, he received the Albert Sacks–Paul Freund Teaching Award at Harvard Law School for teaching excellence, mentorship of students, and contributions to the life of the Law School. In 2010, the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution awarded him its Problem Solving in the Law School Curriculum Award for his innovative work in creating and building the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program.

Research interests
Assessment, reform, design, and implementation of dispute-handling systems; role of intrapersonal conflict on dispute resolution; developing and testing methods of effective public dialogue on issues relating to identity, meaning, belonging, and belief 

Selected publications

  • Designing Systems and Processes for Managing Disputes. Aspen, 2013.
  • The Handbook of Dispute Resolution. Jossey-Bass, 2005.

Articles in leading dispute resolution journals and writing and commentary have appeared in print and broadcast media outlets, including the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, CNN’s Situation Room, NPR’s Cognoscenti, and BBC Radio.


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