Roger Fisher (academic)

Roger D. Fisher (May 28, 1922 – August 25, 2012) was Samuel Williston Professor of Law emeritus at Harvard Law School and director of the Harvard Negotiation Project.

Fisher specialized in negotiation and conflict management. He was the co-author (with William Ury) of the book Getting to Yes, about "interest-based" negotiation, as well as numerous other publications. After serving in WWII as a weather reconnaissance pilot, Fisher worked on the Marshall Plan in Paris under W. Averell Harriman. After finishing his law degree at Harvard, he worked with the Washington, DC, law firm of Covington & Burling, arguing several cases before the US Supreme Court and advising on several international disputes. He returned to Harvard Law School and became a professor there in 1958. After having lost many of his friends in the war and seeing so many costly disputes as a litigator, Fisher became intrigued with the art and science of how we manage our differences. Fisher and his students at the Harvard Negotiation Project (founded in 1979) began interviewing people who were known as skilled negotiators in order to understand what made them effective. And he started his study of conflict with the question, "What advice could I give to both parties in a dispute that would be helpful and lead to better outcomes?" This work led to the draft, "International Mediation: A Working Guide" (April, 1978), and, eventually, to the international best-seller, Getting to YES.

Academic background

Alma mater
Harvard University (A.B. 1943, LL.B 1948)

Roger Fisher

1922-05-28)May 28, 1922, Winnetka, Illinois
August 25, 2012(2012-08-25) (aged 90), Hanover, New Hampshire
Caroline McMurtrie Speer, m. 1948; her death 2010)
Elliott S. Fisher, Peter R. Fisher

Academic work

Harvard Law School