Robert Mnookin, Former Chair, PON Executive Committee

Robert Mnookin Robert H. Mnookin is the Samuel Williston Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, the Former Chair of the Executive Committee, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and the Director of the Harvard Negotiation Research Project. A leading scholar in the field of conflict resolution, Professor Mnookin has applied his interdisciplinary approach to negotiation and conflict resolution to a remarkable range of problems, both public and private. A member of the CPR Institute’s National Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, Professor Mnookin has resolved a large number of complex disputes. He has served as a consultant to governments and international agencies. A renowned teacher and lecturer, Professor Mnookin has taught numerous workshops for corporations, governmental agencies and law firms throughout the world and trained many executives and professionals in negotiation and mediation skills. His most recent books are Beyond Winning: Negotiating to Create Value in Deals and Disputes (with Scott Peppet and Andrew Tulumello) (Harvard University Press, 2000) and Negotiating on Behalf of Others (Sage 1999), an exploration of the role of agents in negotiation which he co-edited with Professor Lawrence Susskind, and Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight (Simon & Schuster, 2010). Barriers to Conflict Resolution, a joint project with members and associates of the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation, was awarded the 1995 Book Prize by the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution. He began teaching law at Boalt Hall, U.C. Berkeley, in 1972 and was on the Stanford faculty from 1981 until 1993. Professor Mnookin 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, Professor Mnookin was the Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the Director of the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation, an interdisciplinary group concerned with overcoming barriers to the negotiated resolution of conflict. Professor Mnookin received his A.B. in Economics from Harvard College in 1964 and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1968.

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Courses Taught:
Negotiation Workshop – Harvard Law School
Workshops for Mediators – World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Dealing With Difficult People and Difficult Situations – PON Executive Education Seminar

Research Interests:
Alternative Dispute Resolution, the Legal Profession, Dispute Resolution, International Commercial Arbitration, Conflict Resolution, Mediation

Selected Publications:

Bargaining with the Devil,” (2010) New York: Simon and Schuster.

“Ethnic Conflicts: Flemings and Walloons, Palestinians and Israelis,” DAEDALUS, Volume 136, Number 1 (2007).

“La théorie de la négociation Utile pour la Belgique” in BYE-BYE BELGIUM pp.5 616 (Philippe Dutilleul ed) (2006) (with Alain Verbeke).

“When Not to Negotiate,” in The Negotiators Fieldbook (A. Schneider and C. Honeyman, eds) (2006) (with Gabriella Blum).

“Barriers to Progress at the Negotiation Table: Internal Conflicts Among Israelis and Among Palestinians,” (with E. Eiran and S. Mitter) NEVADA LAW JOURNAL, Volume 6, Issue 2(2005/2006).

“Discord ‘Behind the Table’: The Internal Conflict Among Israeli Jews Concerning the Future of Settlements in the West Bank and Gaza,” (with Ehud Eiran) JOURNAL OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION, Winter (2005/2006).

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5 Responses to “Robert Mnookin, Former Chair, PON Executive Committee”

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

  • Kenneth J.

    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


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