The Great Negotiator

 

mitchell (Summer 2000)

Credit: Nicki Pardo

This spring former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, who chaired the Northern Ireland peace negotiations that led to the “Good Friday Agreement” of 1998, received the Great Negotiator Award from the HLS Program on Negotiation (PON). Professor Robert Mnookin ’68, chair of the steering committee of PON, praised Mitchell for exemplifying the qualities of “preparedness, trustworthiness, creativity, and diligence that mark a great negotiator.” In addition to receiving the award, presented this year for the first time, Mitchell was the keynote speaker at “The Lawyer as Problem Solver,” a symposium held at the School this spring cosponsored by the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, the Harvard Negotiation Research Project, and the CPR Institute on Dispute Resolution. The symposium’s other panelists and presenters included Mnookin; Paul Brest ’65, president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; and Professors Todd Rakoff ’75 and Frank Sander ’52.