Reflections of a Mediator: Preventive Diplomacy in an Age of Conflict

Event Date: Tuesday April 7, 2015
Time: 12:15PM - 1:30PM
Location: Pound Hall 100, Harvard Law School

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School is pleased to present:

Reflections of a Mediator:

Preventive Diplomacy

in an Age of Conflict


Black and white image of Dr. Johnston Barkat

Dr. Johnston Barkat

Assistant Secretary-General
United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services


Tuesday, April 7, 2015
12:15 – 1:30PM
Pound Hall 100
Harvard Law School campus

Free and open to the public.  A non-pizza lunch will be provided.


About the Speaker:

Dr. Johnston Barkat is the Assistant Secretary-General heading the United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services. He serves as an independent senior advisor reporting directly to the Secretary-General and oversees offices in New York, Geneva, Vienna, Nairobi, Bangkok, Santiago, Entebbe (Uganda) and Goma (Democratic Republic of the Congo).

With over 20 years of experience in mediation and conflict resolution, Dr. Barkat is an internationally recognized expert in the field of mediation, dispute resolution and preventive diplomacy. He has previously served as a negotiations instructor and advisor on reforms to the Administration of Justice at the UN.

He has taught negotiation and mediation courses at Columbia University’s International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution and is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Pace University where he served as Ombudsman. Additionally, he is an honorary faculty of dispute resolution for the University of Granada School of Law, in Granada Spain.

He has held leadership roles in the Association for Conflict Resolution, served as former president of the International Ombudsman Association, and is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Dr. Barkat received his Ph.D from Columbia University where his research focused on strategies to create ripeness in seemingly intractable conflicts. He also holds an M.P.A. from Pace University and a B.A. in psychology from The King’s College.

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