PON Semester Programs

Open to participants from all disciplines and professional fields, the PON Semester Programs are semester-length courses designed to increase awareness and understanding of successful conflict resolution efforts.

Two seminars will be taught this fall: Negotiation and Dispute Resolution runs on Tuesdays for 11 weeks and Mediation and Conflict Management runs on Mondays for 10 weeks. Both programs provide participants with a conceptual framework and practical advice for professional and personal development in dispute resolution. Faculty is drawn from the PON community of scholars and practitioners of alternative dispute resolution.

For more information about our programs, registration, or eligibility for the Graduate Student tuition rate, please feel free to call us 1-800-391-8629 (International calls: 1-301-528-2676), or email us at negotiation@law.harvard.edu.


After years working on Wall Street and on the launch team of a Cambridge start-up, the PON seminar changed my life.  The seminar broadened my thinking about conflict management in our families, businesses, and communities and the perspective and skills I learned gave me a sound grounding from which I developed a rewarding career advising enterprising families on managing conflict when continuing relationships matter.  After 15 years, the teachings from the seminar continue to have practical, daily relevance to the work I do and I highly recommend it.

Blair Trippe, MBA
Managing Partner, Continuity Family Business Consulting
Author of Deconstructing Conflict: Understanding Family Business, Shared Wealth and Power

Mediation and Conflict Management – Online

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This highly-interactive, online course is designed to raise your awareness of your own approach to conflict, introduce a range of theories about mediation and participatory processes, and improve your conflict management skills. While we will discuss a wide range of dispute resolution processes that involve third parties, we will focus on mediation. … Read More 

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Negotiation and Dispute Resolution – Online

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This virtual and highly interactive semester-length seminar explores the ways that people negotiate to create value and resolve disputes. Designed to improve understanding of negotiation theory and build negotiation skills, the curriculum integrates negotiation research from several academic fields with experiential learning exercises. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, all sessions will be delivered live … Read More 

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