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The UNITAR–Columbia Law School Programs

Columbia Law School Series: Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Multilateral Negotiations

In this groundbreaking series, UNITAR-NYO and the Columbia Law School Mediation Program, with the full backing of Columbia Law School and Columbia University delivered

the most rigorous, intellectually engaging, interactive, custom programming for United Nations diplomats and change agents around the world. Our individual, day-long courses

leveraged Columbia’s unparalleled strength in the area of conflict resolution, weaving it in with skills building programming that acknowledged the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. Participants in these individual, day-long programs received Certificates of Attendance signed by top level officials at Columbia University, Columbia Law School, and UNITAR. The programs are designed for delegates at any level who wish to achieve mastery of negotiation, mediation and multilateral conflict resolution processes, and implement them toward solving the world’s most difficult problems.

The UNITAR–Columbia Programs are comprised of three- one day modules, one per month (tbd). Participants are encouraged to enroll in the entire series of training programs; those who do will be given the opportunity to come to a special invitation-only seminar, with no additional cost, at the Law School with leading conflict resolution, human rights and other academics. Enrollment in the individual modules is also available.

The workshops deliver rigorous, intellectually engaging, interactive, custom programming for United Nations diplomats. 



• Ms. Alexandra Carter, Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the Mediation Clinic at Columbia Law School.

 • Mr. Shawn Watts, Professor Watts is the Associate Director of the Mediation Clinic at Columbia Law School.


Fall Series 2019:

Coming soon!


Past Spring 2019 Courses:


04 March 2019: Leadership & Self Awareness


The Workshop focused on enhancing the leadership capacities of the attendees by focusing on their awareness of ‘self’. The morning session focused on understanding and navigating the “self” as an instrument of impact and change by a deeper appreciation of Internal and External Self Awareness. This involved learning about effective communication with focus on self-awareness and using self-reflection as a tool for effective communication.


13 March 2019:  Steer Any Diplomatic Conversation by Asking the Right Questions


The Workshop concentrated on methods to maximize the effectiveness of the questions we ask during our conversations, avoiding potential misunderstandings and enhancing productivity.

The morning session included: (i) the most common ways in which people tend to formulate questions, (ii) how to tailor our questions to the information we hope to receive, and (iii) how to use questions to encourage problem-solving.


01 April 2019:  Gender Equality in Peacebuilding & Conflict Resolution


The Workshop focused on understanding the importance of gender equality in the workplace and the need to make endemic changes at organizational levels to augment women participation. The morning session focused primarily on the significance of having women in the workplace, and the recognition of barriers to gender equality. Significant trends and case studies on gender equality would be discussed.

14 May 2019:Conflict Resolution for Environment Protection


This Workshop concentrated on environmental conflict resolution, which echoes the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on water, energy, climate, air and so on, including Goal 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15. The morning session focused on the complexity of environmental negotiations and communication skills useful for facilitating the conversations. Significant trends and case studies on environmental negotiations will be discussed.The afternoon session built on the morning session and focused on the dynamics between different interest groups in one negotiation. This involved a mock multi-party negotiation on a key infrastructure project which may have a huge environmental impact.

 Past Fall 2018 Courses

26 October 2018 : Conflict Resolution and Ensuring Access to Justice in Developing Nations

Register here : https://www.unitar.org/event/full-catalog/conflict-resolution-and-ensuring-access-justice-developing-nations

2 November 2018 : Women, Peace and Security: Achieving Gender Equity in Conflict Resolution

Register here : https://www.unitar.org/event/full-catalog/women-peace-and-security-achieving-gender-equity-conflict-resolution

14 November 2018 : Leadership and Conflict Resolution: Leading Self and Leading Others 

Register here : https://www.unitar.org/event/full-catalog/leadership-and-conflict-resolution-leading-self-and-leading-others


Past Spring 2018 Courses 

23 March 2018: Women’s Leadership and Negotiation Skills


20 April 2018: Advanced Negotation Fundamentals for Diplomats 


2 May 2018: Empowering Women in the Peace Process



Past 2017 Courses 

24 January 2017: Women’s Leadership and Negotiation Skills (Set 4)


25 February 2017: Mediation and Human Rights: A Policy and Skills Building Workshop (Set 3)


24 March 2017: Conflict Resolution as a Weapon Against Poverty (Set 2)


21 April 2017: Empowering Women in Peace Processes (Set 4)


1 November 2017: Conflict Resolution as the Cornerstone for Quality Education (SDG 4)


13 November 2017: Peace, Justice, and Inclusion Through Mediation (SDG 16)


22 November 2017: Strengthening Implementation and Revitalizing the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Through Public and Private Partnerships in Conflict Resolution (SDG 17)


Past 2016 Courses

6 October 2016Advanced Negotiation Fundamentals for Diplomatic Leaders (Set 1)


31 October 2016: Building Capacities for Effective Leadership (Set 1)


17 November 2016: Processes for Sustainable Peace (Set 2)


2 December 2016: Conflict Resolution as a Tool for Innovation (Set 2)