Cecilia Albin

Professor of Peace and Conflict Research

Ph.D. (Paul H. Nitze School, Johns Hopkins University), 1993
M.Sc. (School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University), 1986
C.E.P. (Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, 'Sciences Po'), 1983

Research | Teaching | Publications | Other


Main research interests

International negotiation and conflict resolution, issues of justice and legitimacy, global governance and multilateralism, durable peace, the Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Jerusalem problem.

Main current research

Current projects focus on negotiations of international importance- what factors drive these processes forward (and not) and explain different results, and measures to improve effectiveness. I work on this in widely different issue areas; for example, civil wars, arms control, trade and the environment.  

Research program on international negotiation and justice:

Explaining international negotiating behavior. Project leader.  Financed by the Swedish Research Council (ongoing). 

From civil war negotiations to durable peace: The multiple roles of justice. With Prof. Daniel Druckman and Dr. Lynn Wagner. Financed by the Swedish Research Council (ongoing).

Justice in international environmental negotiations. PhD project, Annkatrin Tritschoks.  Financed by the Swedish Research Council (ongoing).

Negotiating justice:  Approaches, issues, and cases.  Project leader, with the Processes of International Negotiation (PIN) Program (from 2017 - )

Are just negotiators needed? Justice and effectiveness in international negotiations over the environment, trade and weapons disarmament. Project leader. Financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, 2010-2013 (completed). Final Report  

Improving the effectiveness of multilateral trade negotiations: A multidisciplinary program approach. Program leader (see ”Summary of Program” for full research group). Financed by Jan Wallanders and Tom Hedelius Stiftelse, Handelsbanken, 2010-2012 (completed). Summary of program

Program output: Short summary of special issue of International Negotiation, "Improving the Effectiveness of Multilateral Trade Negotiations" (Vol. 17, No. 1, 2012). 

Making negotiated agreements durable: the role of justice. Project leader (with Prof. Daniel Druckman), 2008-2009 (completed). Funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Summary of findings and project publications

Justice and Negotiation - Panel Discussion, The Hague Institute & Clingendael, November 2014 Program

5th International Biennal on Negotiation, Paris, March 2014 

Justice - Interdisciplinary Perspectives. 2013 PRIF Annual Conference 

Justice and Political Conflicts, 2013 ECPR General Conference, Bordeaux (section/panels)

Research appointments, membership, etc.

At Uppsala and in Sweden:

Member/Vice-Chair of the Faculty Board for the Recruitment of Professors, Assistant Professors and post-docs, 2005 –

Member of the Executive Group (2017-) and Principal Investigator (2011-), Centre for Natural Disaster Science, Uppsala

Member of the Board, Special Research Program on International Studies, Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm, 2017-

Member of the Board of the Humanities and Social Sciences Disciplinary Domain, 2011 - 

Member of the Electoral College for Appointment of Deputy Vice-Chancellor and of members of the Board for the Humanities and Social Sciences,  2007 - 2016


Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, EU Horizon 2020 program on reassessing Europe’s contribution to global justice (’GLOBUS’), 2016- 

Member of the Steering Committee of the Processes of International Negotiation/PIN Program (based in The Hague), 2012 - Latest issue of PINPoints, Latest PIN activities, PIN homepages

Senior Visiting Fellow, Netherlands Institute of International Relations/Clingendael, The Hague, 2014 -

Visiting research positions at the Dept. of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University (spring 2014); Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Queensland, Australia (March-April 2008); Harvard University Law School, Program on Negotiation (January-August 1991); Stanford University, Center on Conflict and Negotiation (1991-1992); the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Leonard Davis Institute (1989-1991).

Commission Member, The Warwick Commission of Inquiry into the Future of the Global Trade Regime, 2007-2008. 

Member of the International Scientific Evaluation Committee, established to evaluate Norway’s 13 Research Centres of Excellence (2006).

Member of the international expert panel for the research programme ‘Society and the Future’, Belgian Federal Science Policy Office, Brussels, (2005, 2007).

Director of Research, Director of Studies, Deputy Director of Graduate School. University Lecturer/Reader.  The University of Reading, UK (1998-2003).

Deputy Director, Global Security Programme; Director of Studies, Lecturer and Fellow at Newnham College; trainer in negotiation skills for professionals (from Southern Africa and Eastern Europe) as faculty member of Cambridge’s Global Security Fellows’ Programme. The University of Cambridge, UK (1993-1998).

Member of international advisory and editorial boards of journals (International Negotiation: A Journal of Theory and Practice, Cooperation and Conflict, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Discussion Papers in Diplomacy published by the Netherlands Institute of International Relations,/’Clingendael’) and book series (on international negotiations, Brill Publishers).

Consultant to the United Nations Development Program, New York, project on ‘Providing Global Public Goods’, 2001.

Member of the Conflict Resolution Working Group of Mikhail Gorbachev's Global Security Project, the Gorbachev Foundation, 1993-1994. 

Research Scholar, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Project on International Negotiation, Austria (1992-1993). 

MacArthur Fellow in International Peace and Security (1989-1991); Peace Scholar, United States Institute of Peace (1989-1990). 

Governor’s Fellow and Legislative Assistant, Capitol Hill Office of Virginia Governor Charles S. Robb, 1984. 

Main teaching

Ongoing at present

Convenor, lecturer and course designer, ”Negotiating Global Challenges” (MA course, 7.5 ECTS), 2016 -   Course Guide


Convenor and lecturer, “International Negotiation: Theories & Practices” (combined MA/Ph.D. course, 15 ECTS) Course Guide (Syllabus selected for publication in T. McElwee and J. Liechty, eds., Peace, Justice and Security Studies: A Curriculum Guide, 7th ed. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2009)

Lecturer, PhD course, "International Justice/Internationell Rättvisa"

International Security Studies, Contemporary Diplomacy, Conflict & Conflict Resolution (graudate). International Relations; War, Peace and Global Security (undergraduate).

Tailor-made training courses in negotiation and conflict resolution skills for professionals and emerging leaders. Conflict resolution workshops and dialogue meetings for parties in conflict, primarily with Israeli and Palestinian leaders/representatives.


Full list available via database.

Books, edited volumes, longer research reports 

C. Albin, ed., Improving the Effectiveness of Multilateral Trade Negotiations. Special issue of International Negotiation: A Journal of Theory and Practice, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2012 (211 pages).

The Multilateral Trade Regime: Which Way Forward? The Report of the First Warwick Commission (74 pp.). Coventry, UK: The University of Warwick, 2007. Presented at the WTO, Geneva, December 2007. With R. Higgott et al. (16 commissioners).

C. Albin, Justice and Fairness in International Negotiation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001 (the series Cambridge Studies in International Relations). 

C. Albin, ed., Negotiating Effectively: The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations. Special issue of International Negotiation, Vol. 4, No. 3, 1999.

C. Albin, ed., Negotiation and Global Security. New Approaches to Contemporary Issues. Special issue of American Behavioral Scientist (Sage Publications), Vol. 38, No. 6, 1995.

C. Albin, The Conflict over Jerusalem: Some Palestinian Responses to Concepts of Dispute Resolution. Jerusalem: Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs, 2004, 4rd revised edition, in Arabic and English. (lst ed. 1991, 2nd ed.1994, 3rd ed. 1996).

C. Albin and H. Saunders, Sinai II: The Politics of International Mediation. (Washington, D.C.), 1993. 

Articles in international journals (peer reviewed)  

C. Albin and D. Druckman (2016) ”Negotiating Effectively:  Justice in International Environmental Negotiations.” Group Decision and Negotiation, first published online 3 September (doi: 10.1007/s10726-016-9509-3)

C. Albin (2015)  "The Many Faces of Justice in International Negotiations." International Negotiation, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 41-58.

C. Albin and D. Druckman (2014) "Procedures matter: Justice and effectiveness in international trade negotiations." European Journal of International Relations, Vol. 20, No. 4, pp. 1014-1042.

C. Albin and D. Druckman (2014) "Bargaining over Weapons: Justice and Effectiveness in Arms Control Negotiations."  International Negotiation, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 426-458.

C. Albin and D. Druckman, "Equality matters: Negotiating an end to civil wars." Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol. 56, No. 2, 2012, pp. 155-182.

C. Albin, "Improving the Effectiveness of Multilateral Trade Negotiations:  A Synopsis." International Negotiation, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2012.

C. Albin and A. Young, "Setting the table for success - or failure? Agenda management in the WTO." International Negotiation, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2012.

D. Druckman and C. Albin, "Distributive Justice and the Durability of Peace Agreements." Review of International Studies (Cambridge University Press), Vol. 37, No. 3, 2011, pp. 1137-1168. 

C. Albin, ”Using negotiation to promote legitimacy: An assessment of proposals for reforming the WTO.” International Affairs, Vol. 84, No. 4, 2008.

C. Albin, “Explaining conflict transformation: How Jerusalem became negotiable”, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Vol. 18, No. 3, October 2005, pp. 339-355.

C. Albin, "Negotiating International Cooperation: Global Public Goods and Fairness." Review of International Studies (Cambridge University Press), Vol. 29, No. 3, July 2003, pp. 365-385. Awarded prize as best article in 2003 by the British International Studies Association.

C. Albin, "The Role of Fairness in Negotiation." Negotiation Journal (Harvard and Plenum Press), Vol. 9, No. 3, July l993, pp. 223-244. Republished in parts in new ’state of the art’ books on conflict resolution/negotiation in the United States in 2001, 2004 and 2006.

C. Albin, "When the weak confront the strong: Justice, fairness, and power in the Israel-PLO interim negotiations, l993-l997." International Negotiation, Vol. 4, No. 3, 1999, pp.327-367.

C. Albin, "Can NGOs enhance the effectiveness of international negotiation?" International Negotiation, Vol. 4, No. 3, 1999, pp. 371-387.

C. Albin, "Securing the Peace of Jerusalem: On the Politics of Unifying and Dividing." Review of International Studies, Volume 23, No. 2, April 1997, pp. 117-142.

C. Albin, "Negotiating Intractable Conflicts." Cooperation and Conflict (Sage Publications), Vol. 32, No. l, March l997, pp. 29-77.

C. Albin, "The Global Security Challenge to Negotiation: Towards the New Agenda." The American Behavioral Scientist (Sage Publications), May l995, pp. 921-948.

C. Albin, "Rethinking Justice and Fairness: The Case of Acid Rain Emission Reductions." Review of International Studies, Vol. 21, No. 2, April l995, pp. 119-143.

C. Albin, "Negotiating Indivisible Goods: The Case of Jerusalem." The Jerusalem Journal of International Relations, Vol. 13, No. l, March l99l, pp. 45-76. 

Book chapters  

C. Albin (2016)  ”Negotiating International Cooperation.”  In Inge Kaul, ed., Global Public Goods.  Cheltenham, UK:  Edward Elgar Publishing.

C. Albin (2015) "Explaining conflict transformation:  How Jerusalem became negotiable". In T. Woodhouse, H. Miall, O. Ramsbotham and C. Mitchell, eds., The Contemporary Conflict Resolution Reader. Cambridge: Polity Press.

C. Albin and A. Jarblad, "The Sustained Dialogue Approach: Harold H. Saunders". In Mona Fixdal, ed., Ways Out of War: Peacemakers in the Middle East and Balkans. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 

C. Albin and D. Druckman, "The Role of Equality in Negotiation and Sustainable Peace." In Peter Coleman and Morton Deutsch (eds.), The Psychological Components of a Sustainable Peace. New York: Springer Publishers, 2012. 

C. Albin, “Peace versus Justice – and Beyond” in J. Bercovitch, V. Kremenyuk and I.W. Zartman, eds., The Sage Handbook of Conflict Resolution. London: Sage Publications, 2009.

C. Albin and D. Druckman, "The Role of Justice in Negotiation." In D. Marc Kilgour and Colin Eden, Eds., Handbook of Group Decision and Negotiation (Springer Publishers, 2010).

C. Albin, “Explaining failed negotiations: Strategic interaction”. In Guy Olivier Faure and Franz Cede, eds., Unfinished Business: Saving International Negotiations from Failure. Atlanta (USA): University of Georgia Press, 2012.

C. Albin, “Explaining Conflict Transformation” in Christophe Dupont et al., eds, Negotiation and World Transformations: Ten challenges to meet, ten opportunities to seize (Publibook, Paris, 2007).

C. Albin, "Getting to Fairness: Negotiations over Global Public Goods." In I. Kaul et al, eds., Providing Global Public Goods: Managing Globalization. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

C. Albin, "Justice and Fairness in the Battle Against Acid Rain." In A. J. Coates, ed., International Justice. Aldershot, UK and Burlington, USA: Ashgate Press, 2000.

C. Albin, "Justice, Fairness, and Negotiation." In P. Berton, H. Kimura, and I. W. Zartman, eds., International Negotiation: Actors, Structure/Process, Values. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999.

C. Albin, " Is there a place for justice and fairness in international negotiations? Theoretical and empirical observations." In H. Kimura, ed., International Comparative Studies of Negotiating Behavior. Kyoto, Japan: International Research Center for Japanese Studies, l997. Published in English and Japanese.

C. Albin, M. Amirav and H. Siniora, "Proposal by Cecilia Albin, Moshe Amirav and Hanna Siniora" (on the future political status of Jerusalem). In M. Hirsch, D. Housen-Couriel and R. Lapidoth, eds., Whither Jerusalem? Proposals and Positions Concerning the Future of Jerusalem. Kluwer Law International, The Hague, 1995.

C. Albin, "The Politics of Terrorism." In Barry Rubin, ed., The Politics of Terrorism: Terror as a State and Revolutionary Strategy. Washington, DC: Johns Hopkins University Press, l989, pp. 183-234.

Other publications (excluding conference papers, reviews) 

C. Albin, Negotiating effectively: Findings from arms control, trade andenvironmental negotiations. PIN POINTS, No. 39, 2013, pp. 7-10. (The Hague: Netherlands Institute of InternationalRelations/Clingendael).

“Distributive justice and the durability of negotiated agreements”, with Daniel Druckman. Occasional Paper Series, No. 10, May 2008. Brisbane, Australia: Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Queensland. 

C. Albin, "Getting to Fairness: Negotiations over Global Public Goods." Discussion Papers in Diplomacy. The Netherlans Institute of International Relations Clingendael (the Netherlands) and the Diplomatic Studies Programme, University of Leicester, September 2002.

C. Albin, "Negotiating the Acid Rain Problem in Europe." Working Paper 93-050, September l993. Laxenburg, Austria: Processes of International Negotiation Project, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

C. Albin, "Fairness Issues in Negotiation: Structure, Process, Procedures, and Outcome." Working Paper 92-88, December l992 (60 pp.). Laxenburg, Austria: Processes of International Negotiation Project, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

"Jerusalem: Resolving the Unresolvable", with M. Amirav and H. Siniora. The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Research Project, Working Paper No. 16, Winter l99l/92. Jerusalem: The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Arab Studies Society. 

Cecilia Albin
Professor of Peace and Conflict Research

E-mail: Cecilia.Albin@pcr.uu.se
Phone: +46 (0)18 471 63 88
Fax: +46-(0)18 69 51 02
P.O. Box 514
SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden