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Roger Fisher Prize in Negotiation for NUS Law School

17 May 2012

Prof Fisher, the father of modern negotiation practice and pedagogy

The NUS Faculty of Law has established the Roger Fisher Prize in Negotiation to honour Prof Roger Fisher, one of the pioneers of modern negotiation practice and teaching. For every academic year, the best law student excelling in the negotiation workshop will be awarded a S$1,000 cash prize.

"The Faculty is honoured and grateful that Prof Roger Fisher is willing to lend his name to this prize," said Assoc Prof Joel Lee, Vice Dean (Student Affairs).

Prof Fisher, Director of the Harvard Negotiation Project and the Samuel Williston Professor of Law Emeritus at Harvard Law School, was personally involved in high-profile international cases of conflict. These ranged from negotiating the Iran hostage crisis to advising Ecuador's President to peacefully resolve a 50-year border dispute. His experience and expertise have greatly influenced how negotiation courses are taught around the world.

In fact, NUS Law was the first law school in Asia to establish and conduct a Harvard Law School Programme on negotiation-style negotiation workshop in 1994, with Prof Fisher's work incorporated into the design and pedagogy of the course. Negotiation classes at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the School of Business at NUS have also been guided by his teaching.

The Roger Fisher Prize worth about S$15,000 was created thanks to donations through the NUS America Foundation, Inc with fundraising efforts led by US-based CMPartners, LLC, a firm specialising in negotiation, conflict management training and consulting services.