Tobias Berkman

Senior Associate

Toby Berkman is a Senior Associate at the Consensus Building Institute (CBI), where he works as a mediator, facilitator, trainer and coach. Toby helps organizations and stakeholders resolve conflict and collaborate more effectively around difficult public issues including land use, climate change, environmental restoration and conservation, renewable energy, oceans and water resources, and international development, peace, security, and human rights. He is also a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches a section of the spring Negotiation Workshop, co-teaches the Program on Negotiation Fall Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Seminar, and is a Senior Working Group Leader at the Harvard Negotiation Institute, a week-long negotiation course for executives and mid-career professionals.

Toby is a certified mediator and experienced facilitator and negotiation trainer, having worked with corporate and non-profit clients from the U.S. and abroad. Notable clients include the World Bank, the United Nations, the Gates Foundation, Conservation International, Oxfam America, Pfizer, and numerous federal, state, and municipal government agencies. Prior to joining CBI, Toby was an attorney at Jenner & Block LLP with a diverse practice in areas including corporate litigation and international arbitration. He was also a law clerk for the Hon. Denise Cote, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Toby got his start in the conflict management field at Seeds of Peace, a non-profit that conducts dialogue programming among young people from the U.S., the Middle East, and South Asia. He has a JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was Notes Editor of the Harvard Law Review; a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he was a Zuckerman Fellow; and a BA cum laude from Harvard College.


International development, public policy, climate change adaptation, organizational development, human rights, justice sector reform, post-conflict reconstruction, and identity-based conflict.


  • Conducted conflict analysis and designed dispute resolution process with the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ, for two churches in the process of merger.
  • Implemented mediation and negotiation training program for Israeli and Palestinian teen graduates of the Seeds of Peace program in Jerusalem.


Tobias is a Harvard Zuckerman Fellow with a JD from Harvard Law School, a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. from Harvard College.


The Pakistani Lawyers’ Movement and the Popular Currency of Judicial Power

The Impossible Mandate? Military Preparedness, the Responsibility to Protect, and Modern Peace Operations

Who Should Keep the Peace? Providing Security for Twenty-First Century Peace Operations