Alain Lempereur, PON Executive Committee

Alain LempereurBrandeis University Alan B. Slifka Professor at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management

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

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Core Faculty and Negotiation Lead for the UN Global Executive Leadership Initiative

Visiting Professor at the European University Institute and at Sciences Po

Alain Lempereur promotes his “responsible negotiation” framework worldwide and applies it to leadership, mediation and humanitarian challenges. He has published a dozen books translated into many languages, including The First Move: A Negotiator’s Companion, and Mediation. Negotiation by other Moves. He has also contributed to over 100 articles and book chapters.

For 25 years Lempereur has conducted consulting missions and executive training 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.

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 Ecole Polytechnique, the School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute, 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

“Mediation: Negotiation by Other Moves.” Wiley, 2021.

“Puissance de la Médiation contre la Guerre Civile.” Descartes & Cie, 2021.

“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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