Charlene Barshefsky, US Trade Representative in the second Clinton administration, will receive this year’s Great Negotiator Award next month. The award is presented annually by the Program on Negotiation to an individual whose lifetime achievements advance negotiation and dispute resolution. Professor Frank Sander of the PON Steering Committee said on behalf PON that “We are pleased to honor Ambassador Barshefsky who has skillfully represented the United States in a variety of highly complex and sensitive trade negotiations.”
Barshefsky will be honored at a dinner April 20 given by the Dean’s Office in conjunction with the Visiting Committee’s trip to the Law School. Ambassador Barshefsky will spend the day conferring with scholars and students from the schools of law, business, and international relations. PON-affiliated Professors Michael Watkins and James Sebenius of the Business School are currently writing cases based on her work. Barshefsky is well known for her intensive preparation, and attention to detail in her conduct of negotiations, qualities that students of all disciplines should cultivate for professional effectiveness.