Tobias Berkman

Lecturer on Law

Spring 2017

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Toby Berkman is an Associate at the Consensus Building Institute (CBI), a not-for-profit organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts; a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School; and a member of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School affiliated faculty, where he teaches courses on negotiation, dispute resolution, and collaborative problem solving to executives and professionals from around the world. He has been working in the field of dispute resolution since 2003 as a mediator, facilitator, negotiation coach, researcher, and author.

At CBI, Toby helps organizations and stakeholders resolve conflict and collaborate more effectively around difficult public issues including land use, climate change, environmental restoration and conservation, renewable energy, oceans and water resources, and international development, peace, security, and human rights. His client base includes a diverse set of public and private sector organizations including the World Bank, the United Nations, the Gates Foundation, Conservation International, Oxfam America, the Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department, the Department of Defense, and Pfizer.

Toby received his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2010, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and a mediator with the Harvard Mediation Program. He also received a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2010, where he was awarded the Zuckerman Fellowship for academic excellence and commitment to public service. Before graduate school, he conducted research and training on conflict resolution and international security at the Carter Center and the Henry L. Stimson Center. He earned his bachelors degree cum laude from Harvard College in 2002.

Prior to joining CBI, Toby worked as a litigator at Jenner & Block LLP and an Adjunct Professor in Political Science and Conflict Management at Pace University in New York. His law practice focused on corporate securities litigation, copyright, civil rights, and international arbitration. From 2011-12, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Denise Cote in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and from 2010-11, he was an Associate at the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program.

Toby got his start in the conflict management field at Seeds of Peace, a non-profit that conducts dialogue programming among young people from the U.S., the Middle East, and South Asia. He has published articles on negotiation, conflict resolution, and international human rights and development in the Harvard Law Review, The Journal of Dispute Resolution, and The L.A. Times, and co-authored two books on international peace operations, The Impossible Mandate? Military Preparedness, the Responsibility to Protect and Modern Peace Operations (Henry L. Stimson Center 2006), and Who Will Keep the Peace? Providing Security for 21st Century Peace Operations (Henry L. Stimson Center 2006).

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