Projects & Clients
The Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) connects Harvard Law School students with organizations that would benefit from strategic negotiation and conflict management advice, or dispute resolution system evaluation and design. Our students, trained in both the theory and practice of dispute resolution, will exercise their new skills and knowledge on behalf of real-life clients and receive academic course credit for their work.
We seek the active participation of partners facing real world challenges to work with us. We warmly invite conflict resolution practitioners, businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and community groups to consider whether our clinic might suit their needs.
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2015 Spring Projects
Asian Development Bank
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is dedicated to improving people’s lives in Asia and the Pacific. The ADB Office of the Ombudsperson (OOMP) is available to all ADB employees to help foster collaboration and to enhance efficient, informal conflict resolution within the organization. HNMCP students will assess how ADB staff currently approach dispute resolution within ADB and their understanding of OOMP’s role. Continue reading
City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development’s Boston Home Center Division
The Boston Home Center (BHC), a division of the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development, helps Boston residents purchase, improve, and keep their homes. The BHC is regularly contacted by small, deed-restricted affordable condo associations around a variety of internal conflicts. HNMCP students will assess existing conflict management systems, explore current association conflicts, and develop a system, which may include a protocol, training guide, and/or training, to address these conflicts. Continue reading
Government of New Brunswick Post Secondary Education and Training and Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat
The mandate of the Government of New Brunswick’s Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat addresses various social, economic, and legal issues between the Government of New Brunswick and First Nations communities. HNMCP aspires to help the Government of New Brunswick examine questions of how consensus-building processes might be used within the provincial departments engaging and consulting with First Nations. Continue reading
Ono Academic College
Ono Academic College has enlisted HNMCP students research issues around Israel’s mandatory national and military services in the armed forces, which causes considerable internal conflict in the country and creates hierarchies of citizenship. Informed by their research, students will conduct a stakeholder assessment and facilitate dialogues among Ono students affected by the issue. Continue reading
Sudbury Clergy Association
The Sudbury Clergy Association is enlisting the help of HNMCP to develop a kinder, gentler protocol for engaging at Town Meetings, in town government, and in the schools for the sake of the community’s best interests. Students will conduct a stakeholder assessment of town employees, elected officials, and residents, identify critical areas of disagreement, and propose next steps. Continue reading
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Early Resolution and Conciliation Division
The USDA has 17 different agencies, each with its own alternative dispute resolution program to manage internal conflicts. These programs have heretofore operated with significant autonomy. HNMCP students will assess the programs and offer recommendations on best practices and systems design suggestions that bolster effectiveness across the 17 ADR programs. Continue reading