Robert C. Bordone

Bob is an internationally acclaimed expert, author, teacher, and coach in negotiation, conflict resolution, mediation, and facilitation. Currently a Senior Fellow at Harvard Law School, he served on the full-time faculty at Harvard Law School for more than 20 years as the Thaddeus R. Beal Clinical Professor of Law, Director, and Founder of the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program. During that time, Bob led Harvard’s flagship Negotiation Workshop and developed several new classes including an Advanced Workshop on Multiparty Negotiation and Group Process, and a Facilitation Workshop.

Bob has received many awards for his teaching and research, including The Albert Sacks-Paul Freund Teaching Award at Harvard Law School, presented annually to a member of the Harvard Law School faculty for teaching excellence, mentorship of students, and general contributions to the life of the Law School. In addition, the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) awarded Bob its Problem Solving in the Law School Curriculum Award for his innovative work in creating and building the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program. Four graduating classes of Harvard Law School invited him to deliver a Last Lecture prior to their graduation, a recognition reserved for only four faculty members each year.

Bob’s research interests include the assessment, reform, design, and implementation of dispute handling systems and developing and testing methods of effective public dialogue on issues that cut to the core of identity, meaning, belonging, and belief. Bob is the co-author of two books: Designing Systems and Processes for Managing Disputes, 2d. Edition (Wolters-Kluwer, 2019) and The Handbook of Dispute Resolution (Jossey-Bass, 2005). He has also published articles in leading dispute resolution journals including the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, the Journal of Dispute Resolution, Negotiation Briefings, Dispute Resolution Magazine, and Negotiation Journal.

Bob’s writing and commentary have appeared in various print and broadcast media outlets including The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, America, The Chicago Tribune, CNN’S Situation Room, NBC News, and BBC Radio.

As a professional facilitator and conflict resolution consultant, Bob works with individual, non-profit, governmental, and corporate clients across many sectors. He specializes in assisting individuals and groups seeking to manage conflicts in highly sensitive, emotional, or difficult situations. His corporate clients have included Premera Blue Cross, Health Net, Gap, Inc., Fidelity Investments, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Exelon, and Microsoft. In addition, he has worked on projects with nonprofit, educational, governmental and cultural institutions such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dartmouth College, Swiss Foreign Ministry, the U.S. Department of Justice, the United Way, the International Criminal Court at The Hague, Seeds of Peace, and the Vienna School of Economics and Business Administration.

He has also taught negotiation to attorneys at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the National Association of Realtors, and the international law firms of Weil, Gotshal, & Manges, LLP, Freshfields, Braukhaus, & Deringer, Crowell & Moring, LLP, Shearman & Sterling, LLP, and Clifford Chance, LLP.

Bob has served on a variety of advisory boards that include the Dartmouth College Center for Social Impact and the Harvard Law School Mediation Program. He has served as Associate Editor of the Negotiation Journal and as a member of its Editorial Advisory Board, as well as a member of the Program on Negotiation Executive Committee, and as faculty adviser to the Harvard Mediation Program, the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, and Harvard Negotiators. In addition, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for Seeds of Peace, on the Advisory Board for the Catholic Common Ground Initiative, on the Board of the Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School, and on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Empathy in International Affairs.

After graduating from law school, Bob clerked for The Honorable George A. O’Toole, Jr. of the United States District Court for Massachusetts. He has also worked at the Washington D.C.-based law firm of Crowell & Moring, the New York-based law firm of Cravath, Swaine, & Moore, the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Boston Consulting Group.

Bob received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and his A.B., summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College where he majored in Government. You can follow him on Twitter with the handle @bobbordone or on his website.

“One of my former students at Harvard Law School introduced me to Seeds of Peace in 2010. He told me that his work with Seeds of Peace in the early 2000s inspired him to pursue a career in conflict management. Since my introduction nearly a decade ago, I have been deeply impressed by the Seeds whom I have met and by the dedicated staff who work with them around the world. The Seeds of Peace community is global, inspiring, caring, visionary. It is full of integrity and hope in a world that sorely needs both. I’m honored to be a part of an organization that transforms lives and builds an ethos of community and care in the world.”