HLS Students Travel to Auschwitz to Teach Diplomats About Negotiation in the Face of Genocide

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On May 16th, two Harvard Law School (HLS) students, René A. Pfromm LL.M. ’08 and Ines Wu ’09, together with Stephan Sonnenberg ’06, Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) clinical fellow and lecturer on law, delivered a one day workshop on negotiation in the context of genocide and mass atrocities. The workshop, part of a two-week program for government officials, was conducted at the Raphael Lemkin Seminar on Genocide Prevention in Auschwitz, Poland.

The May training was the culmination of a semester-long negotiation clinical project for the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) in which Pfromm and Wu were tasked with developing a curriculum to address both the possibility and ethical limits of using interest-based negotiation in the face of possible or continuing genocide.

“This is the kind of high-impact and challenging project to which we want to expose students in our clinic,” said Robert C. Bordone ‘97, HLS assistant clinical professor and director of HNMCP. “I’m grateful for the opportunity and trust provided by AIPR and am hopeful that the diplomats will be able to deploy some of the tools we shared in their future work on the ground.”

Read the article online at HLS News.

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