Alain Lempereur, PON Executive Committee

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Alain Lempereur

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

Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School Affiliate Faculty and Executive Committee Member

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

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

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.

After getting a research doctorate in law from Harvard Law School and degrees at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Lempereur spent 25 years consulting and providing executive training for international organizations, national governments, global consulting firms, and corporations in 70 countries. He founded negotiation and leadership initiatives in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe and was the founding director of IRENÉ – a European negotiation institute he led for 15 years at ESSEC Business School.


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

The First Move: A Negotiator’s Companion (with Aurélien Colson and Michele Pekar). Wiley, 2010.

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