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LAWS17-773: Dispute Resolution: Theories and Principles


Dispute Resolution: Theories and Principles is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law in which undergraduate students may be permitted to enrol. This subject provides an overview and analysis of contemporary forms of dispute resolution (DR), including what has in the past been referred to as alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Students will develop knowledge about conflict and disputes, and about the value propositions behind different conflict interventions. The subject introduces theories and principles of negotiation, mediation, conciliation, arbitration and litigation, and to hybrid systems embracing more than one of these processes. It examines current and emerging dispute resolution trends, both local and global. All practices and trends are analysed in terms of the Rule of Law and justice values. 

Subject details

Type: Undergraduate Subject
Code: LAWS17-773
Faculty: Faculty of Law
Credit: 10

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify and apply the fundamental principles of dispute resolution theory to practical scenarios.
  2. Compare and contrast various dispute resolution processes from a variety of cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives.
  3. Critically analyse theoretical and ethical underpinnings of dispute resolution in the context of judicial fairness, procedural fairness, and the rule of law.
  4. Write a research paper based on the critical analysis of legal research related to dispute resolution theories and principles.

Enrolment requirements



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.

Restrictions: This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

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.

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