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LAWS17-772: Dispute Resolution: Practice and Procedure


Dispute Resolution: Practice and Procedure is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law in which undergraduate students may be permitted to enrol. This subject is designed to complement the subject Dispute Resolution: Theories and Principles. It deals with a range of practical aspects of dispute resolution with a focus on the roles of legal practitioners as third party interveners (mediators and arbitrators) and as legal representatives for the parties in a range of dispute resolution processes (including those of negotiation, mediation, collaborative law and arbitration). The subject is designed to prepare students for those aspects of dispute resolution which have practical application in the day to day practice of lawyers, taking into account current trends in dispute resolution in the Australian civil justice system. The subject examines a range of issues, from advising clients about the benefits (and disadvantages) of particular dispute resolution processes, to helping clients deal with psychological impediments to settlement, to drafting the terms of settlement reached by the parties.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340

Learning outcomes

1. Identify possible causes of conflict and list the ways in which their clients might respond to conflict; define a range of dispute resolution processes (including negotiation, mediation, collaborative law, arbitration and litigation); identify and compare the usual characteristics of these processes; outline a number of potential advantages and disadvantages of these processes from a variety of perspectives; describe the stages involved in the processes of negotiation and mediation; describe the role and functions of third party interveners and of legal practitioners within these processes; be familiar with the court's pre- and post-filing dispute resolution requirements. 2. Understand the ethical obligations of lawyers in particular processes; be aware of the psychological impediments to settlement; understand the way in which mediators may influence the course and outcome of mediation; understand how they can facilitate their client's participation in these processes. 3. Be proficient at advising clients about appropriate dispute resolution options, preparing their clients for participation in various processes, preparing for and participating in negotiation and mediation as a legal representative for their clients, drafting of dispute resolution clauses. 4. Show awareness of the "minimal" ethical and professional responsibilities of lawyers who represent parties in negotiation; they should understand the values which underlie mediation; and recognise and respond appropriately to some of the ethical dilemmas faced by legal representatives and by lawyer mediators.

Enrolment requirements

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  • This subject is not available to students on US Financial Aid.
  • Students on a Student Visa may be restricted from enrolment due to the mode of delivery in the chosen semester. Check the subject outline for further details.

Must have completed a minimum 120 Credit Points of LAWS subjects AND have a minimum average of 65% in LAWS subjects. 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.

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