NEW! Harvard Mediation Intensive

In-Person Program
Course Dates: November 18-22, 2024

Learn more about all of the courses offered at Mediation at PON.

Contact us: Call 1-800-391-8629 (outside the US: +1-301-528-2676) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET any business day or email
Audrey Lee

Audrey Lee
Lecturer, Mediation and Diversity & Dispute Resolution, Harvard Law School
Senior Mediator, Boston Law Collaborative, LLC

A specialist in workplace mediations, Audrey Lee is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School where she teaches courses on Mediation and Diversity & Dispute Resolution. She is a Senior Mediator at Boston Law Collaborative, LLC, and has served as a mediator for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Audrey has served as affiliate faculty at PON since 2016, currently as a lead faculty for the Harvard Mediation Intensive.

In her consulting practice, Audrey works with clients to increase their effectiveness in difficult workplace conversations and negotiations. In recognition of her professional development work with lawyers, Audrey was invited in 2018 to become a Trusted Advisor for the Professional Development Consortium, the national association for individuals responsible for the professional development of lawyers at law firms, law schools, government agencies, and corporations.

Drawing on her experience as a mediator and conflict management consultant, Audrey has worked with clients ranging from lawyers at Am Law 100 firms, to mediators at the Australian Fair Work Commission, and musicians at the League of American Orchestras. Audrey has been featured in Harvard Business Review’s “Insights” series on Leadership and Managing People and in the BBC Capital’s Work Ethic column, and her writing on mediation and dispute resolution has appeared in the Harvard Negotiation Law Review and Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal, among other publications.

Alain Lempereur

Alain Lempereur
Brandeis University Alan B. Slifka Professor at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School Affiliate Faculty and Executive Committee Member
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Core Faculty and Negotiation Lead for the UN Global Executive Leadership Initiative

Alain Lempereur promotes his “responsible negotiation” framework worldwide and applies it to leadership, mediation, and humanitarian challenges. He has published a dozen books, including The First Move: A Negotiator’s Companion and Mediation: Negotiation by other Moves. And contributed to more than 100 articles and book chapters.

After getting a research doctorate in law from Harvard Law School and degrees at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Lempereur spent 25 years consulting and providing executive training for international organizations, national governments, global consulting firms, and corporations in 70 countries. He founded negotiation and leadership initiatives in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe and was the founding director of IRENÉ – a European negotiation institute he led for 15 years at ESSEC Business School.

The most trusted mediators help parties resolve disputes effectively, discreetly, and, pro-actively. Increasingly, people are turning to mediation to achieve sustainable resolutions, settle disputes more rapidly and control legal costs. By building up their mediation expertise, lawyers, judges, leaders and managers from a range of industries are well positioned to advance better ways of dealing with conflict. Add this essential skillset to your practice by joining us at Harvard Law School for the new Harvard Mediation Intensive.

For forty years now, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School has trained thousands of mediators, negotiators, and other professionals, including participants from the United States, Canada, and over 50 other countries. Led by mediation experts Audrey Lee and Alain Lempereur, the Harvard Mediation Intensive delves into mediation principles and processes through interactive presentations and hands-on exercises. From employment and business disagreements to public and international conflicts, you will discover effective ways to enable parties to settle their differences across a variety of contexts.

Held this year from November 18-22, 2024, the Harvard Mediation Intensive offers insight into ethical dilemmas, identity-based conflicts, bias and stereotyping, and working with strong emotions throughout the mediation process. By engaging in realistic role-play simulations, you’ll sharpen your core mediator skills including active listening, asking probing questions, developing creative options, reframing, brainstorming, and building sustainable agreements.

Learning Objectives

During this intensive five-day program, you will:

  • Examine mediation principles in theory and practice
  • Review and experience the various stages of the mediation process
  • Explore caucus theories and the role of attorneys
  • Learn how to build value and relationships through the mediation process
  • Enhance parties’ ability to work toward an agreement by helping them identify their underlying interests and move from positions to interest-based negotiating
  • Acquire strategies to equip mediation parties with improved problem-solving negotiation techniques
  • Discover best-practice solutions for the multi-faceted challenges facing mediation practitioners
  • Learn how to overcome obstacles to achieve mutually satisfactory settlements and become more comfortable with the various roles of a mediator

Who Should Attend?

This program is appropriate for lawyers who are interested in adding mediation to their practice, and judges who are interested in overseeing court-based mediation programs or becoming professional mediators. We also welcome professionals from all backgrounds, industries, and countries who wish to improve their ability to mediate. Previous participants have included lawyers, judges, executives, directors, managers, doctors, teachers, ministers, and administrators.

To deliver the personalized learning experience for which this program is known, enrollment is limited.

Due to the interactive and simulation-rich nature of the training, participants must demonstrate proficiency in English, as this program is conducted solely in English. Participants should be able to converse fluently in dialogue with the instructor and other students. While a certification of fluency in English is not required, we suggest a TOEFL written exam score of 570 as the minimum proficiency standard. PON may call applicants to assess English proficiency.


This live program will run November 18-22, 2024 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET (Friday the program closes at 4 p.m) with an hour-long lunch and short breaks throughout the day. Given the highly interactive nature of this program, participant attendance at all sessions is required. There will be assigned reading and preparation in the weeks leading up to the program and throughout the course so participants should plan accordingly.

Networking receptions will be held on Monday at the Charles Hotel and on Thursday at the Harvard Faculty Club on campus.

To actively engage you in the mediation process, each day features lectures, interactive discussions, small group work, one-on-one exercises, and mediation simulations. Key to the program is the opportunity to explore your own mediation technique and skills by receiving and applying feedback from fellow participants and the instructors’ team.


Physical and digital certificates will be issued to participants who attend all sessions and complete the course evaluation. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing and delivery. A letter of completion along with detailed course agenda can be supplied at the end of the course for those seeking further professional accreditation.

Course Materials

The course website will become available one month out from the course. Program assignments and materials will be accessed digitally through the course website.

Course Dates and Times: November 18-22, 2024

Location: In-person at The Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA (see details below)

Faculty: PON’s mediation programs are led by acknowledged experts in their fields and draw on the latest thinking and research to deliver practical techniques and real-world strategies for effectively conducting personal and professional negotiations. The November 2024 Harvard Mediation Intensive faculty members are Audrey Lee and Alain Lempereur.

Fees: One 5-day program: $6,497

Tuition fee includes course materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks during required class times.

Contact Us: Call 1-800-391-8629 (Outside the US: +1-301-528-2676) or email us at:

Location Information: The Charles Hotel: One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138; 1-800-882-1818; website:

In the heart of Harvard Square, the Charles Hotel offers comfortable accommodations with a broad range of upscale amenities. To reserve your room, call the hotel directly at 1-800-882-1818. Be sure to tell the hotel representative that you are with the Harvard Mediation Intensive.

You can also book online using the Harvard Mediation Intensive Reservation link.

November room rate: $329 plus tax

You are encouraged to make your reservation early, as room rates are valid only until the cutoff date and are subject to availability.

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Course Dates: November 18-22, 2024