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Faculty Profile: Alain Lempereur

Alain Lempereur

Alan B. Slifka Professor of Coexistence and Conflict; Program Director, MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence

Keywords: Responsible Negotiation and Leadership, Humanitarian Negotiation, Mediation, History of Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, Facilitation, Questioning & Problem Solving, Philosophy of Law, Rhetoric & Argumentation

Alain LEMPEREUR supports responsible negotiation worldwide through research, executive training and consulting. He published a dozen books, namely "The First Move. A Negotiator’s Companion" that appeared in many languages, and contributed over 100 articles and book chapters. His research develops the "responsible negotiation" framework, applying it for example to leadership, and humanitarian negotiation.

He is the Alan B. Slifka professor and director of the Conflict Resolution and Coexistence Program at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management. He is an affiliated faculty and executive committee member of the Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School, where he is the academic editor of the PON Negotiation Briefings and delivers PON Global executive seminars.

In the past 25 years in over 70 countries, he has conducted consulting missions and executive training for international organizations (EU, FAO, ICRC, MSF, OCHA, OECD, NRC, UNDP, UNEP, UNITAR, WHO, WWF, etc.), national governments, global consulting firms (The Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey, etc.) or corporations (Airbus, Faurecia, Generact, Orange, Sanofi-Pasteur, Scientific-Atlanta, Vivendi, etc.). He also launched three capacity-building organizations, including CO-DEV.

In partnership with the Wilson International Center in Washington DC, he created the Negotiators of the World project to support the Burundi Leadership Training Program (2003-2007) and the DR Congo Cohesive Leadership Initiative (2006-2011). He facilitated stakeholders’ meetings for the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (2009-2011). He contributes to the PON-supported Negotiation Strategies Institute and the Heller "Our Generation Speaks" program for Israeli and Palestinian leaders. He belongs to the UN mediators' network.

He headed the scientific committee of the Humanitarian Negotiation Exchange (HNx), a project of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Future of Diplomacy and ATHA programs, supporting namely the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders (MSF). He supports the development of the Center of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiations.

He established Essec Irene – a European negotiation institute that he led during fifteen years. He created the negotiation teaching at ENA (1997-2010) and at the European Commission (2004-2010), both programs still running today. He also became the Essec Negotiation and Mediation Chair Professor, receiving recognition by The Financial Times.

He was a visiting professor at Harvard University, and lectured at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the Afghan Institute of Diplomacy, the African Development University, the Algerian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs, the Cameroon Institute of International Relations, the College of Europe, the Cyprus International Institute for Management, the Lebanese University, the Paris School of International Affairs, ParisTech, the UN University for Peace, the Universities of Brussels, Corsica, Geneva, Mannheim, Mons, Paris II and V.

He graduated from Brussels University (M Law ’88, M Phil ’89) and from Harvard University (Fulbright Fellow & Frank Boas ’91, LL.M. ’93, SJD ’95, PON ’96 and ’97).

Harvard University, S.J.D.
Universite Libre de Bruxelles, M.Phil.
Universite Libre de Bruxelles, LL.M.


Awards & Honors:
  • (2018) Academic Editor, PON Negotiation Briefings
  • (2016) Chair, Humanitarian Mediation Working Group, Humanitarian Negotiation Exchange (HNx) (2016)
  • (2015) Board of Directors, PON-supported Negotiation Strategies Institute
  • (2015) Chair, Scientific Committee, Humanitarian Negotiation Exchange (HNx), ICRC and Harvard JFK School of Government
  • (2014) Co-Chair, Leadership and Negotiation Roundtable, PON at Harvard Law School
  • (2014) Faculty Member, PON Global at Harvard Law School
  • (2014) Member, Advisory Board, A Child’s Guide to War.
  • (2011) Golden Teaching Award, Advanced Leadership Program, Essec Executive Education
  • (2011) Member of the Economics and Peace Faculty Network
  • (2011) Member of the Executive Committee, Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School
  • (2011) Professor of the Week, Financial Times
  • (2010) Member of the United Nations Mediation Roster
  • (2010) Who'Who, French Edition (2009) and World's Edition
  • (2009 - 2011) Negotiation and Mediation Chair Professor at ESSEC
  • (2006) Award of French "Palmes académiques" at Institut de France
  • (2006) Member, Report Advisory Board, Growing Inclusive Markets, UNDP.
  • (2003 - 2011) Elected member at Essec Board of Trustees, Faculty Senate and Workers' Council
  • (2002) Member of Culture, Conflict, & Negotiation Advisory Board, Negotiation Research Network
  • (1997) Member of the International Association for Conflict Management
  • (1996) 21st Century Trust Fellow
  • (1995 - 2011) Founder, Director, and Head of Steering Committee of IRENE
  • (1993) Member of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
  • (1991 - 1992) BAEF Fellowship
  • (1991) Fulbright Fellow, Frank Boas Scholarship for Harvard University, Commission for Education Exchange between the USA & Belgium
  • (1988 - 1992) FNRS Fellow