“Last summer, Professor Robert Mnookin ’68, an expert in the field of conflict resolution and negotiation, found himself wanting to know more about U.S.-Cuba relations. “I had an idea that there was a very interesting set of questions related to when, how and whether the two countries would ever negotiate a reconciliation,” he says. He decided to investigate by teaching a reading group—a small, 1-credit class with no exams or graded papers, where 2Ls and 3Ls are able to dig deeply into a given topic in a way that provokes extended discussion among the group. “I am not an expert on Cuba; I’m an expert on negotiation, and what a reading group allowed me to do is learn with the students about an area I didn’t know much about,” he says.”
To read more, please visit the Harvard Law School web site at http://www.law.harvard.edu/news/spotlight/classroom/04-page-turners.html. For a list of the more than 90 courses, seminars and reading groups on international, comparative, or foreign law that will be taught at HLS this year, check out “Courses and Reading Groups” on the International Legal Studies pages on the site.