The Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School welcomes students from across the Boston area who are interested in negotiation, mediation, and conflict management. Advancing issues of negotiation is central to our mission of helping individuals become more effective leaders. That’s why we offer students access to expert insights, internship opportunities, funding for research, and more.

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We host various events throughout the year, including conversations with world leaders, film series, book discussions, and seminars on current negotiation and mediation tactics employed around the globe. For details about upcoming events, click here.

Upcoming application deadline.
PON Next Generation Grants – May 12, 2022


PON provides fellowship and grant opportunities to help qualified individuals pursue academic research and projects in the field of negotiation.

Graduate Research Fellowships
Graduate Research Fellowships are designed to encourage young scholars from the social sciences and professional disciplines to pursue theoretical, empirical, and/or applied research in negotiation and dispute resolution. Each fellow receives a $30,000 stipend for one year of dissertation research and writing in negotiation and related topics in alternative dispute resolution. The fellowship also provides full access to PON facilities and Harvard libraries. To learn more, click here.

Summer Fellowships
Summer fellowship grants focus on the connection between scholarship and practice in negotiation and dispute resolution by supporting students interested in exploring career paths, either professional or academic. Summer fellowships provide students at Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University, and other Boston-area schools with up to $3,500 for internships or summer research projects in negotiation and dispute resolution in partnership with public, nonprofit, or academic organizations. To apply, click here.

Graduate Student Grants
Our Student Grants program supports cutting-edge research projects in the field of negotiation and conflict resolution at the graduate level. Grants are awarded for specific research projects in amounts of up to $1,000. Students from any Boston-area school may apply. To learn more, click here.

Next Generation Grants
Next Generation Grants support research in negotiation and conflict resolution by nontenured faculty and doctoral students. Faculty and students from any school or department within PON’s interuniversity consortium (Harvard, MIT, Tufts) may apply. Postdoctoral students with formal affiliations to Harvard or one of our consortium schools are also welcome to apply. Doctoral student grants are limited to $5,000; nontenured, tenure-track faculty grants are limited to $10,000. To learn more, click here.


PON Seminars
PON runs two semester-length courses designed to increase public awareness and understanding of successful conflict resolution. Programs provide participants with a conceptual framework and practical advice for professional and personal development in dispute resolution.

These courses are open to the public and draw participants from a wide range of disciplines, professional fields, and life experiences.

Harvard Law School Negotiation and Mediation Programs
Harvard Law School offers a number of negotiation and mediation opportunities in addition to the offerings at PON:

Negotiation Workshop B

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Negotiation Workshop B (LAW 44100A)

W,Th 3:10 PM – 7:20 PM

Robert Bordone
Pound 521

Most lawyers, irrespective of their specialty, must negotiate. Litigators resolve far more disputes through negotiation than by trials. Business lawyers — whether putting together a start-up company, arranging venture financing, or preparing an initial public offering — are called upon to … Read More 

Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinic

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Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Workshop

FALL 2013

Robert Bordone
Austin 102
(617) 495-9194

Students in the Negotiation & Mediation Clinic will work in a team of 2 to 4 students, typically collaborating on single project for one client during the entire semester. By working for a single client, students have the unique chance to collaborate on a project … Read More 

Advanced Negotiation: Setup, Deal Design, and Tactics

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Advanced Negotiation: Setup, Deal Design, and Tactics

Winter Half Course

James Sebenius

This course is designed for students who expect to analyze and participate in challenging business, financial, and international negotiations, sometimes with public and/or public-private aspects. It builds on the framework developed in the required first-year course, but develops far more advanced negotiation concepts and … Read More 

Conflict and Negotiation

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Conflict and Negotiation (CC 266)
Emerson College

FALL and SPRING 2012/2013

Israela Brill-Cass
Department of Communication Studies

Study conflict theory and principles and practices of dispute resolution. Includes everyday conflict, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution systems. Emphasis on interpersonal skills development. (Fall: Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.; Spring: Tuesday and Thursday 4:00-5:45 p.m.) … Read More 

Dispute Negotiation

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Dispute Negotiation

FALL 2014 (Aronson and Maffei)
Wednesday 5:00-6:50pm

SPRING 2015 (Aronson)
Wednesday 10:00-11:50am


Martin L. Aronson
1514 Beacon Street Brookline
MA 02446

Thomas Maffei

Course Description:
This is an experiential course in which students will be active participants, negotiating cases on a weekly basis. The subject matter of the disputes will include: commercial transactions, gender bias issues, criminal plea … Read More 

International Organization

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International Organization (GOVT E-1750)

Fall 2013
Don Babai
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Harvard University

Can states work out cooperative solutions to problems of human injustice and environmental degradation? What is the record of the United Nations in conflict management? What has been the impact of World Bank programs on the alleviation of poverty? Why are the International … Read More 

Communicating and Negotiating in a Global Context

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Communicating and Negotiating in a Global Context (CSS-525))

FALL 2013


Instructor: Marya Dantzer

To communicate effectively in global or multicultural business settings, managers or negotiators must interpret not only words but also worldviews. Students in this course learn to recognize the important, yet often implicit, assumptions that govern business dealings in a variety of countries and cultures. … Read More 

Processes of International Negotiation

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Processes of International Negotiation (DHP D 220)

FALL 2013

Eileen Babbitt (Sec. A)
Diana Chigas (Sec. B)
(617) 627-5870
Nadim Rouhana (Sec. C)
(617) 627-5451
Jeswald Salacuse (Sec. D)
(617) 627-3633

This course explores the processes, rather than specific substantive issues, of international negotiation. Using exercises and simulations, it examines the nature of conflict in the international arena; the … Read More 

International Treaty Behavior: A Perspective on Globalization

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International Treaty Behavior: A Perspective on Globalization (ILO L209)

Antonia Handler Chayes

This seminar examines treaty behavior over a broad spectrum of subject areas—including security, environment, trade and human rights. Approaches to international agreements affect economic, security and foreign policy in this interdependent world. The seminar examines IL and IR theories of … Read More 

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