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CTL offers skill-building clinics to help students develop practical skills in negotiation and dispute resolution. Our clinics are led by experts in the field, and have explored topics such as crisis leadership and decision-making, the essential role of dignity in resolving conflict, negotiating online, and more.


Legislative Negotiation Clinic

CTL, GU Politics, and the GU Law Federal Legislation Clinic are thrilled to welcome American University's (AU) Program on Legislative Negotiation (PLN) for a one-day experiential clinic in professional negotiation skills with specific attention to the legislative process. PLN's educational program includes materials designed by Harvard faculty and is taught by professors of negotiation with high level bipartisan experience in both chambers of Congress. This clinic will be taught by Professor Bettina Poirier, PLN Director, Senior Affiliate and Adjunct Professor at AU's Washington College of Law and a Fellow at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies with 15 years of experience as a high-level staffer in the House of Representatives and Senate; and Chris Bertram, a Fellow of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and a Co-founder of the PLN who has held senior positions in the House of Representatives, Senate, and the Executive Branch. 

When: March 12, 2021 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Online Offering

Applications due Thursday, March 4 at 5pm.

Application Closed



February 21, 2020

We all want to work in productive teams that skillfully navigate conflict, but this takes time and effort. Whether collaborating with student peers, dealing with difficult colleagues, or partnering with other organizations and governments, turn Soft Skills into Power Skills by learning core strategies for effective facilitation. At this interactive one-day clinic, students focused on 1) preparing an efficient and inclusive process; 2) building resilient relationships; 3) managing themselves and others during challenging discussions; and 4) mapping appropriate follow-up.

November 15, 2019

Forty years of interdisciplinary research suggests that people fall into predictable traps when negotiating. Part 1 of this interactive workshop gave participants the chance to do two negotiations, and provided evidence-based prescriptive advice for how to avoid some of these traps. Part 2 suggested how we can be more effective in negotiations and challenging conversations by building three kinds of confidence — Awareness, Mastery and Poise.


November 2018

Dan Shapiro, founder of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, introduced a framework for how emotions work in negotiation. With this framework, students learned how they can practically engage with these emotions during negotiations in government, business, international relations, and everyday life. In the afternoon, Dan led the group through a hypothetical multi-stakeholder negotiation, which included a simulation of tribal identity formation and its role in fueling conflict. Students emerged from this workshop with an appreciation for the role of emotion in negotiation, as well as the difficulty of navigating tribalism in a polarized world. Conflict Resolution Master’s student Jude Massaad, in her reflection, said that the clinic “renewed my motivation to bridge the divide between people of different backgrounds, especially after recognizing how hard it is to do so while being tested myself by this experience.”