New Findings in the Field of Negotiation: Finkelstein and Grace

Event Date: Wednesday June 3, 2020
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom link

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

New Findings in the Field of Negotiation:
Research from the PON Graduate Research Fellows


A recording of the virtual session is below.

Virtual talks with:

Aria Ritz Finkelstein

PhD Candidate, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Rob Grace

Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, Brown University


Wednesday, June 3, 2020
12:00 – 1:00 PM
Harvard Law School

Register closed.

About the Talks:

Every year, the Program on Negotiation welcomes a group of doctoral students as Graduate Research Fellows. Our Fellows spend a year at PON researching and writing about current topics in the fields of negotiation and mediation, with the goal of publishing their work after their time at PON.

This talk provides an opportunity for two of this year’s Graduate Research Fellows to share and discuss their research findings with the negotiation community.

Aria Ritz Finkelstein will present her research on “#OneOceanOnePlanet? Generative Metaphors for High Seas Planning.”

Rob Grace will present his research “Negotiating Humanitarian Access in Armed Conflict.”


About the Speakers:

 Aria Ritz Finkelstein is a Ph.D. Candidate at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies
and Planning and a Guest Student in Marine Policy at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Her dissertation focuses on the negotiations leading towards an international legally binding instrument governing the uses of biodiversity on the high seas. As a PON fellow, she will draw from negotiations theory to understand how the ambiguity of terms like “biodiversity” either facilitate or inhibit agreement throughout international mapping workshops and meetings. Aria holds an M.S. in Urban Design and an M.Arch. from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia. At MIT, she has been a course instructor and a teaching assistant for undergraduate and graduate courses in planning and design, and she has researched the politics of landscape planning in both arid and marine environments. Before returning to academia, she worked as an urban designer, facilitating planning processes and developing plans for communities around Georgia.

Rob Grace is a Graduate Research Fellow at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, a USIP-Minerva Peace Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace, and a doctoral candidate in political science at Brown University. He also conducts research on the politics of humanitarian action for the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, based at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University. He co-edited the HPCR Practitioner’s Handbook on Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-finding, published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. His work has also been published by Negotiation Journal, Journal of Conflict & Security Law, World Health & Population, the European Society of International Law, Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection, the Foreign Policy Association, and Foreign Policy in Focus. Additionally, he co-teaches a graduate course on international disaster management at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.



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