New Findings in the Field of Negotiation: Mounia Mostefaoui and Aluma Zernik

Event Date: Friday March 23, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Location: Hauser Hall 102, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

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


Mounia Mostefaoui

Mounia Mostefaoui

Ph.D. Candidate, Economics and Political Science, La Sorbonne University, France


Aluma Zernik

Aluma Zernik

S.J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School


Friday, March 23, 2018
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Hauser Hall, Room 102
Harvard Law School

Free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

About the Talk:

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 lunch provides an opportunity for two of this year’s Graduate Research Fellows to share their research findings with the negotiation community.  Join us for fascinating, informal talks, followed by a rich discussion!

About the Speakers:

Mounia Mostefaoui is a Ph.D. candidate at La Sorbonne University as part of her interdisciplinary project on international negotiations about climate change within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the new role of science in those negotiations.

She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Ecole Polytechnique and HEC, France, focusing on Economics, Management and Climate Change. She also holds a Master’s degree in French Literature from La Sorbonne University. She has worked at MIT under the supervision of Professor Kerry Emanuel as a co-investigator on a project studying the effects of global warming and solar radiation management for tropical cyclones.

As a PON research fellow, Mounia has focused on the topic of getting compliance without enforcement in international treaties for climate change. She studies the related transparency mechanisms, especially considering the French and American cases. Empirical support for this perspective includes two case studies (the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement), as well as several interviews and attending the international negotiations on climate change during the Conferences of Parties (COP) where she has directly been involved as a member of the French Delegation during COP22 in Marrakech.

Aluma Zernik is an S.J.D. Candidate at Harvard Law School. She is a Terence M. Considine Fellow in Law and Economics. Her research interests are Behavioral Economics, Consumer Contracts, Financial Regulation and Empirical Legal Studies. Aluma’s dissertation project investigates the impact of regulatory intervention and market forces on consumers’ financial management and decision making.

As a PON fellow, Aluma has researched the tension between individuals’ present and future preferences, and how the design of financial products, decision-making settings and commitment mechanisms impact individuals’ ability to represent their own future-best-interest.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts in Law and Cognitive Sciences from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is an editor for the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, and Coordinates Harvard’s Empirical Legal Studies Group (HELS). Before joining Harvard Law School, Aluma worked as an Associate at Agmon & Co. and clerked for Asher Grunis, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel.



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