Dispute Resolution

10 Units

The course examines various forms of dispute resolution used to manage conflicts and resolve disputes. This course provides students with an introduction to the theory of conflict and with knowledge to identify what type of dispute resolution is an appropriate tool to resolve a conflict. The essential features of facilitative, evaluative and determinative forms of dispute resolution (negotiation, mediation, evaluation, case appraisal, arbitration and other primary dispute resolution options, such as collaborative practice, conciliation, hybrid dispute resolution processes) will be discussed. Students will have the opportunity to acquire and apply advanced and specialised dispute resolution skills by engaging in interactive activities, such as role-play exercises and case studies.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Law School
Availability Winter - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain an enhanced broad understanding of the theory, policy and practice of dispute resolution;
  2. Intepret the various dispute resolution processes, their advantages and limitations;
  3. Apply dispute resolution methods in particular areas of practice;
  4. Compare key theoretical debates about processes;
  5. Advise others about ADR processes;
  6. Communicate how to participate in DR processes;
  7. Evaluate the possible applications of various dispute resolution methods.

The content in this course includes the following topics:

  1. negotiation, especially principled negotiation
  2. restorative conferencing
  3. collaborative law and practice
  4. mediation
  5. key theoretical issues in mediation
  6. conciliation and facilitation
  7. expert processes
  8. arbitration
  9. hybrid dispute resolution processes
  10. integrated conflict management systems
  11. resolution of environmental law disputes
  12. resolution of workplace disputes
  13. resolution of medical issue disputes
Assessment Items
  • Participation: Participation
  • Written Assignment: Research Paper
  • Essay: Research Essay

Contact Hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 36 hour(s) per Term Full Term
The course may be delivered wholly in intensive mode; or in an equivalent combination of intensive and on-line delivery.

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for LAWS6111
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