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Pedro Spivakovsky-Gonzalez

Lecturer on Law

Winter 2024

Pedro Spivakovsky-Gonzalez
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Pedro Spivakovsky-Gonzalez is a Lecturer on Law in the Negotiation Workshop. He has a particular interest in the applications of negotiation theory and practice to legal aid, economic development, and international relations. He has assisted and represented clients in mediations in state and federal courts in Massachusetts. He is a trained mediator and serves as Executive Director of the Community Dispute Settlement Center, a mediation and training center providing mediation services and workshops in the Boston area.

He previously served as Senior Staff Attorney with the American Bar Association (ABA) South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) in Harlingen, Texas, where he represented people seeking asylum or other immigration relief. Prior to becoming an immigration lawyer, he was a Staff Attorney and Skadden Fellow at Veterans Legal Services, where he assisted low-income veterans in Massachusetts with various civil legal issues including in family law, housing law, and benefits cases. Prior to law school, he was a John Gardner Fellow and Research Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) in the Obama Administration, where his portfolio included international economics and trade issues.

He holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley (summa cum laude), an M.Phil. in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was a student attorney and President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, as well as a Teaching Assistant for the Harvard Negotiation Institute (HNI).

He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Master’s in Leadership and Negotiation program at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, where he has taught since 2018. He also serves as a Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps Reserves, and in this role provides training on international law topics.


  • J.D. Harvard Law School, 2017
  • M.Phil. University of Cambridge, King's College, 2013
  • B.A. University of California, Berkeley, 2010