The M.I.T.-Harvard Public Disputes Program

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The M.I.T.-Harvard Public Disputes Program

512 Pound Hall
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA 02138

Managing Directors: David Fairman and Patrick Field
Founder and Senior Advisor: Lawrence Susskind

Contact: Ed Minor

The Public Disputes Program (PDP) seeks to bring together scholars and professionals to improve the practice of negotiation, mediation, and conflict management in the public sector. The Program undertakes basic and applied research, provides advice to public agencies and government organizations, and offers training programs for both students and mid-career professionals. A range of substantive areas is covered including the siting of hazardous and nuclear waste disposal facilities, negotiated rulemaking, negotiated local investment strategies, and the mediation of intergovernmental disputes. PDP is also increasingly concerned with international dimensions of environmental conflict resolution.

The Public Disputes Program is part of the Program on Negotiation, an inter-university consortium based at Harvard Law School.

Interns have an opportunity to work directly with senior practitioners at the Consensus Building Institute (CBI) and to participate in CBI’s theory-building activities. (See CBI entry above.) A list of possible project areas can be found at Please send a resume along with a cover letter stating your specific interests and skills by fax, mail, or e-mail to the attention of Ed Minor.

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