Stephan Sonnenberg

Stephan Sonnenberg is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and a Clinical Instructor with the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program. At the Clinic, he works with law students on applied dispute management, conflict analysis, and negotiation curriculum design projects. In the past four years, he has supervised a variety of conflict management efforts, including a project to design a quality control mechanism for a new mediation program in Bulgaria, a program to explore the use of consensus building to help resolve environmental disputes in China, a partnership with Hewlett Packard to design grievance mechanisms at two of its supplier factories in southern China, a training for village elders negotiating with representatives of a multinational oil company over development funding in the Niger Delta region, a research effort to identify best practices for resolving workplace disputes at three major US law firms, and a consultancy with a Boston area hospital to redesign its patient complaint response procedure. Stephan also co-teaches the Negotiation Workshop at Harvard Law School, among other courses.

Before accepting his current position, Stephan worked primarily in the non-profit sector, focusing on human rights, international development, and conflict resolution.  He has lived and worked in Northern Uganda and the Caucasus region of southern Russia, consulting for Amnesty International, the International Rescue Committee, the International Council on Human Rights Policy, the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and Physicians for Human Rights, among others.  His research focuses on ways in which alternative dispute resolution procedures can be used to address, and hopefully prevent, mass atrocities.

Stephan is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He also holds a degree in European Studies from the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris, and an undergraduate degree from Brown University.


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