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Workshop Conflict Resolution and Governance

Workshop on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Last modified on 28-11-2022
This intensive workshop on negotiation and conflict resolution, taught by David Laws, combines skill building with the development of analytic theory in a hands-on format (3 ECTS).
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The Workshop on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution starts from the observation that the world of public officials, citizens, entrepreneurs, consultants, and other professionals is marked by interdependence, by fragmented sources of power, and by uncertain futures. In this unruly world, the sources of understanding and stability are often provisional and the ability to learn and to manage change is at a premium. The diversity of society contributes to conflicts over goals, interests, and frames of reference. These characteristics create an ongoing need for the ability to craft stable agreements that advance interests, build trust, and construct understanding in complex and unstable environments. They create a need for negotiation.

Negotiation, in this light, is about the management of interdependence. It raises a series of questions that cut across disciplinary boundaries and the boundary between theory and practice. This creates the rationale for the kind of teaching format — both hands-on and theoretically oriented — that the workshop provides.  Participants will learn about negotiation by developing their skills in role-play exercises.  Reflection on these experiences provides the means to develop a systematic theory about what it means to negotiate and to negotiate well.

The workshop will:

  • enhance your command of negotiation theory and practice drawing on an interdisciplinary body of theory and research.
  • cultivate the skills and critical competence that you need to become a better negotiator. You should leave better prepared  to diagnose conflict, negotiate purposefully and thoughtfully, and critically evaluate outcomes and experience. 


The workshop is open to Master’s students within the Netherlands who are interested in how conflicts and controversies develop and are addressed in social, organisational, and political life. Please note that upon enrolment, you are expected to be present on each workshop day (January 25 – February 1 except the weekend) from 09:30 – 17:00. Before registering, be sure that you are in fact available full-time on all six workshop days. This is necessary to receive the 3 ECTS credits for participation.


Registration will be open from 1-16 December.

Please note that there are limited places available in this workshop. You will be informed about whether you can participate in the workshop a.s.a.p. after the registration deadline (December 16).

Students from the master's programme Conflict Resolution and Governance are automatically enrolled for the workshop, and do not need to sign up.

Interested students from other master's programmes need to complete two steps:

  • fill in the registration form in the period of 1-16 December.
  • after notification of admission, you also need to enrol separately via GLASS. This is necessary in order to receive your 3 ECTS for participation. Instructions will follow with your notification of admission after December 16.


For questions regarding the (logistics of the) workshop please contact Bram Colijn: h.a.colijn@uva.nlExternal link