Robert C. Bordone

Bob is the Thaddeus R. Beal Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the founder of the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program. He teaches several courses at Harvard Law School including the school’s flagship Negotiation Workshop.

Bob also teaches in the Harvard Negotiation Institute and the Harvard Program on Negotiation’s Negotiation and Leadership Executive Education seminars. From 2001 through 2005, he was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. In 2006–2007, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.

In 2007, Bob received 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 2010, 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 & Mediation Clinical Program. In 2012, 2013, 2016, and 2017, Bob was selected by the graduating class as one of four Harvard Law School faculty members to deliver a “Last Lecture” to the class prior to graduation.

Bob’s research interests include developing and testing methods of effective public dialogue on issues that cut to the core of identity, meaning, belonging, and belief and the assessment, reform, design, and implementation of dispute handling systems for organizations, societies, and institutions.

Bob is the co-author of two books: Designing Systems and Processes for Managing Disputes (Aspen, 2013) 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, The Chicago Tribune, CNN’S Situation Room, 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, Edwards Lifesciences, 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, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 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 serves on a variety of advisory boards. He is the Associate Editor of the Negotiation Journal and a member of its Editorial Advisory Board, and a member of the Program on Negotiation Executive Committee. He has served as faculty adviser to the Harvard Mediation Program, the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, and Harvard Negotiators. In addition, he serves on the Board of Visitors for the Center for Social Impact at Dartmouth College and on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Empathy in International Affairs.

Prior to coming to Harvard, 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 is a summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College where he majored in Government and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. You can follow him on Twitter with the handle @bobbordone.

“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.”