Robert Mnookin, PON Executive Committee

Robert Mnookin

Samuel Williston Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Former Chair, Executive Committee, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

Director, Harvard Negotiation Project, Harvard Law School


A leading scholar in the field of conflict resolution, Robert Mnookin has applied his interdisciplinary approach to negotiation and conflict resolution to a remarkable range of problems, both public and private. He is a member of the CPR Institute’s National Panel of Distinguished Neutrals and has resolved a large number of complex disputes. He has also served as a consultant to governments and international agencies. Renowned as a teacher and lecturer, Mnookin has taught numerous workshops for corporations, governmental agencies, and law firms throughout the world and has trained many executives and professionals in negotiation and mediation skills.

Mnookin began teaching law at Boalt Hall, U.C. Berkeley, in 1972 and was on the Stanford faculty from 1981 until 1993. He has been a visiting fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford University; a visiting professor of law at Columbia Law School; and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Before joining the Harvard faculty, he was the Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the director of the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation.


A.B., Harvard College

J.D., Harvard Law School

Research interests

Alternative dispute resolution, the legal profession, dispute resolution, international commercial arbitration, conflict resolution, mediation

Selected publications

  • With Scott Peppet and Andrew Tulumello. Beyond Winning: Negotiating to Create Value in Deals and Disputes. Harvard University Press, 2000.
  • Negotiating on Behalf of Others. Sage, 1999.
  • Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight. Simon and Schuster, 2010.
  • “Ethnic Conflicts: Flemings and Walloons, Palestinians and Israelis.” Daedalus 136, no. 1 (2007).

5 Responses to “Robert Mnookin, PON Executive Committee”

  • Kenneth F.

    Greetings from Canada.
    I am General Counsel at Deloitte LLP (Canada), based in Toronto. A couple of years ago (October 2015) I had the good fortune to participate in the Certification program. Since then I have been applying the learned skills, with great success (maybe some luck is involved as well).
    I have an unusual question and if possible would welcome a call with you.
    During the week I was at Harvard I spoke to some of your faculty about some of the pro-bono international work and someone suggested that there might be an opportunity to participate in some way. I would welcome that but am also interested in understanding (for instance a Masters in Law) what opportunities there might be to develop a greater skill sets, in the international or public sector.
    Would you or someone you refer me to have time to speak with me? I am also prepared to make the trip down for a discussion but maybe we wait until we have a call.
    Thanks so much. Ken

    • Gail O.

      We do have an advanced Harvard Negotiation Master Class that runs this year from November 13-15, 2017. You can find more information about the program on our site.
      Gail Odeneal
      Director of Marketing

  • Congratulations on your continued success. Your books sound very interesting. I will have to give them a look. Thanks.


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