Toby Berkman

Affiliated Faculty, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

Toby Berkman has worked in the field of dispute resolution since 2003 as a mediator, facilitator, negotiation coach, researcher, and author, empowering individuals, organizations, and stakeholders to resolve issues, reach better, more durable agreements, and build stronger relationships. His client base comprises a diverse set of public- and private-sector organizations that include U.S. federal and state government agencies, international governmental organizations, Fortune 500 companies, and charitable foundations.

A former adjunct professor in political science and conflict management at Pace University, Berkman has published articles on negotiation, conflict resolution, and international human rights and development in the Harvard Law Review, the Journal of Dispute Resolution, and the Los Angeles Times, and co-designed a new advanced negotiation course at Harvard Law School on multiparty negotiation and collaborative problem solving. He is an associate at the Consensus Building Institute, a not-for-profit organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


B.A., Harvard University

M.P.P., Harvard Kennedy School of Government

J.D., Harvard Law School

Research interests

Multilevel negotiation, conflict management, collaborative problem solving, international human rights

Selected publications

  • With V. Holt. The Impossible Mandate? Military Preparedness, the Responsibility to Protect, and Modern Peace Operations. Henry L. Stimson Center, 2006.
  • With W. Durch. Who Should Keep the Peace? Providing Security for Twenty-First-Century Peace Operations. Henry L. Stimson Center, 2006.

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