Alain Lempereur, PON Executive Committee

Brandeis University Alan B. Slifka Professor and Director of the Conflict Resolution and Coexistence Program at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School Affiliated Faculty, Executive Committee Member, and Academic Editor of Negotiation Briefings

Sciences Po Visiting Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs

Alain Lempereur supports “responsible negotiation” worldwide through research, executive trainings and consulting. He has published a dozen books, including The First Move: A Negotiator’s Companion, which has been translated into a dozen languages, and he has contributed to over 100 articles and book chapters. His research develops the “responsible negotiation” framework, and how to apply this framework to leadership and humanitarian negotiations.

For 25 years, Lempereur has conducted consulting missions and executive trainings for a broad range of international organizations, national governments, global consulting firms, and corporations in 70 countries. He has founded negotiation and leadership initiatives in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Lempereur was the founding director of IRENÉ – a European negotiation institute he led for fifteen years at ESSEC Business School, where he was the Negotiation and Mediation Chair Professor.

In addition to his teaching at Brandeis University, Lempereur has been a visiting faculty member at the Afghan Institute of Diplomacy, the Algerian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs, the Cameroon Institute of International Relations, the College of Europe, the Cyprus International Institute for Management, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, the Lebanese University, the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po, ParisTech, the UN University for Peace, and the universities of Brussels, Corsica, Geneva, Mannheim, Mons, and Paris II and V. He is an instructor for the Program on Negotiation’s PON Global courses.


M.Phil., Universite Libre de Bruxelles

M. Law, Universite Libre de Bruxelles

S.J.D., Harvard Law School

Research interests

Responsible negotiation and leadership, humanitarian negotiation and mediation, conflict resolution, facilitation, rhetoric and argumentation

Selected recent publications

“Negotiating Peace from Inside Out: Spinoza as a Responsible Trump.” Negotiation Journal. (2019), 35(1).

“Responsible Negotiators Care Beyond the Deal Closing.” Negotiation Briefings (2018), 21(9): 8

“The Distributive Knot: Negotiators’ Responsibility to Untie Complex Demands” (with Michele Pekar). Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing (2017), 32 (4), 535-54.

“Beyond Negocentrism: Questioning Selves, Relationships and Contexts,” Negotiation Journal. (2016), 32(4): 335-343.

“Humanitarian Negotiation to Protect: John Rabe and the Nanking International Safety Zone (1937-1938).” Group Decision and Negotiation. (2016), 25: 663-691.

“Responsibility to Protect Trumps Business as Usual: How Corporate Leaders Build Heroism to Face Atrocities (with Rebecca Herrington).” In: The Role of Business in the Responsibility to Protect. Ed. J. Forrer & C. Seyle. Cambridge (UK): Cambridge University Press, 2016, 69-97
With Aurélien Colson and Michele Pekar.

The First Move: A Negotiator’s Companion. Wiley, 2010.


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