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LAWS13-529: Dispute Resolution


Dispute Resolution (DR) is an elective subject in undergraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject examines DR theory and practice, providing an overview of contemporary DR systems (including negotiation, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, litigation, and other blended DR processes) and critically assesses the strengths and shortcomings of each. Particular attention is given to the appropriateness of different methods for different categories of dispute, and to the role of DR processes other than litigation in the legal system and DR as an important skill set for lawyers in the 21st century.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,950
  • Commencing in 2023: $4,050

Learning outcomes

1. Compare and analyse the characteristics and objectives of key Dispute Resolution processes. 2. Describe the roles and functions of lawyers in Dispute Resolution processes. 3. Identify and apply a range of skills and strategies commonly used by negotiators, mediators and other Dispute Resolution practitioners in simulated role plays. 4. Describe the current attitude of governments, courts and tribunals to Dispute Resolution.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Restrictions: ?

Students must be admitted into a Bachelor law degree or Bachelor of Laws combined degree or be an approved Law Study Abroad OR Law exchange student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/07/2021
Semester start13/09/2021
Subject start13/09/2021
Cancellation 1?27/09/2021
Cancellation 2?04/10/2021
Last enrolment26/09/2021
Withdraw – Financial?09/10/2021
Withdraw – Academic?30/10/2021
Teaching census?08/10/2021