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Global Negotiation Conference 2020 

Hosted Online by the University of Zurich

21-24 July 2020

The seventh Global Negotiation Conference will take place online, hosted by the University of Zurich, from the 21-24 July 2020. The topic of the final simulation will be negotiating a peace treaty. We are pleased to announce the following speakers will conduct workshops and presentations alongside members of the organisational board

Bertie Ahern

Bertie Ahern is the former Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) having served from 1997-2008. He was the first person in over sixty years to have been elected to that office on three successive occasions. The defining moment of this period and a defining moment in Irish history was the successful negotiation by Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair of the Good Friday Agreement between the British and Irish Governments and the political parties in Northern Ireland in April 1998.


Norbert Berger

Norbert Berger teaches soft skills at the Centre of Social Competence and the Law School at Karl-Franzens University, Graz. He graduated from the University of Exeter, UK. His research is in discourse strategies and beliefs, attitudes and knowledge in the acquisition of negotiation skills. Publications include online courses and materials for negotiation skills training for international companies (e.g. Henkel, Germany) and universities (e.g. South Ural State University, Chelyabinsk, Russia, or Theresan Military Academy, Wiener Neustadt, Austria).

Marie-Joëlle Zahar


Marie-Joëlle Zahar is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Peace Operations Network (ROP) at the Université de Montréal. In 2017, she served as Senior Mediation Expert with the Office of the UN Special Envoy on Syria. Marie-Joëlle research specialises in militias and she is interested in the way that non-State armed groups are organized and organize territories within their control as well as how they direct their relations with the civilians living inside these territories. 

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Mikkel Gudsøe 

​Mikkel Gudsøe is an honorary associate professor of negotiation at Aarhus University – Business and Social Sciences where he also serves as Program Manager for the collaboration with Program on Negotiation Global at Harvard Law School. Mikkel has regularly taught nationally and internationally to students, government officials, lawyers, accountants and business professionals. Previously, Mikkel worked as Chief Attorney in the Danish Fashion & Textile Trade Organization and most recently as Executive Vice President-Legal Affairs in the Juhl Bach Group.


Eemeli Isoaho

Eemeli Isoaho serves as Program Coordinator for the Master of Advanced Studies ETH Mediation in Peace Processes (MAS ETH MPP) program at ETH Zurich. In that role, Eemeli is responsible for the development and management of the program, including its curriculum, administration, and strategic partnerships. Eemeli previously worked as Programme Management Officer at CMI, a peace mediation organization founded by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate President Martti Ahtisaari. At CMI, Eemeli specialized in the provision of mediation support to African regional and sub-regional organizations as well as the establishment of track 1-1.5 mediation and dialogue initiatives in several countries in East, West, and Central Africa.

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