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This intensive workshop on negotiation and conflict resolution combines skill building with the development of analytic theory in a hands-on format. It follows what is sometimes referred to as the ‘Harvard method’ of negotiation.

Detail Summary
Start date 8 January 2020
End date 15 January 2020
Time 09:30
Master’s programme Conflict Resolution and Governance

Registration for this workshop is now open.

The workshop will be taught by David Laws of the University of Amsterdam and John Forester of Cornell University.

Dates and credits 

The workshop is a full-time course (9:30 – 17:00), for 3 ECTS credits. It will take place from 8-15 January 2020 (excluding Saturday and Sunday).  

D.W. Laws
David Laws


The workshop is open to Master’s students within the Netherlands who have an interest in how conflicts and controversies and how they are addressed in social, organizational, and political life.   

Please note that the number of places is limited and priority is given to those who are the first to register. The registration deadline is December 17, 2019.


For students registered for a Master’s programme at a Dutch university, the course is free of charge. 

Workshop content

The Workshop on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution starts from the observation that the world of public officials, citizens, entrepreneurs, consultants, and other professionals is marked by interdependence, by fragmented sources of power, and by uncertain futures. In this unruly world, the sources of understanding and stability are often provisional and the ability to learn and to manage change is at a premium. The diversity of society contributes to conflicts over goals, interests, and frames of reference. These characteristics create an ongoing need for the ability to craft stable agreements that advance interests, build trust, and construct understanding in complex and unstable environments. They create a need for negotiation.

Conflict Resolution and Governance - Workshop

Negotiation, in this light, is about the management of interdependence. It raises a series of questions that cut across the boundary between theory and practice. This creates the rationale for the kind of teaching format — both hands-on and theoretically oriented — that the workshop provides.  Participants will learn about negotiation by developing their skills in role-play exercises.  Reflection on these experiences provides the means to develop a systematic theory about what it means to negotiate and to negotiate well.

The workshop will:

  • enhance your command of negotiation theory and practice drawing on an interdisciplinary body of theory and research.
  • cultivate the skills and critical competence that you need to become a better negotiator. You should leave better prepared  to diagnose conflict, negotiate purposefully and thoughtfully, and critically evaluate outcomes and experience. 


Please note that there are limited places available in this workshop. You will be informed about whether you can participate in the workshop a.s.a.p. after the registration deadline (December 17).


For questions regarding the (logistics of the) workshop please contact Kim Ribbink