Global Negotiation Conference
The GNC aims to improve the understanding of the nature and development of international disputes, and how these can be resolved, particularly among students at the tertiary level.
In particular, the GNC promotes the use of negotiation and conflict resolution skills to address international problems. It is also committed to seeking out exchange and collaboration between individuals engaging in the theoretical and practical fields of negotiation, conflict resolution and alternative dispute resolution. To achieve this aim members organise courses and events relating to these topics and develop teaching resources and negotiation simulations.
The GNC was born out of the International Negotiations lecture at the University of Bern. With the support and encouragement of Professor Felix Addor former students decided to set up a conference that would be open to students from all academic backgrounds who have an interest in developing and practicing their negotiation skills.
The first two days of the conference consist of a series of presentations and workshops led by leading academics and practitioners on a range of negotiation topics. On the final day of the conference students take part in a gruelling multiparty negotiation simulation based on a current international issue.
As part of the simulation participating teams are assigned roles prior to the conference along with background information on the topic and detailed instructions outlining their negotiation mandate. The focus is on achieving a positive outcome and teams who have been judged to have shown the most creativity in coming to an outcome while effectively representing their delegations interests will be commended at the conference dinner.
To find out more about the conference you can read this blog entry for jet d'encre written by founder and current President Jack Williams.
The GNC owes a debt of gratitude to Tobias W. Langenegger who attended the first GNC as a participant and later became Co-President of the association from 2017-2019 when he tragically passed away following complications from elective surgery. Tobi was a pivotal in success and development of the GNC and is sorely missed.