Faculty of Law

Olivia Rundle

Olivia Rundle

Dr Olivia Rundle

Senior Lecturer

Contact Details

Contact Campus Sandy Bay Campus
Building Faculty of Law Building
Room Reference 1.03
Telephone +61 3 6226 2846
Fax +61 3 6226 7623
Email Olivia.Rundle@utas.edu.au


Dispute Resolution

  • Lawyers' preparation for court-connected mediation: The Supreme Court of
    Tasmania O Rundle 2013 *University of Tasmania Law Review 32 (1) 20.
  • Lawyers' perspectives on 'what is court-connected mediation for?' O
    Rundle 2013 *International Journal of the Legal Profession 20 (1) 33.
  • Applying the inclusive model of ethical decision making to mediation S
    Hardy and O Rundle 2012 *James Cook University Law Review 19, 70.
  • How court-connection and lawyers' perspectives have shaped
    court-connected mediation practice in the Supreme Court of Tasmania O Rundle
    2010 * (PhD, University of Tasmania).
  • S Hardy and O Rundle 2010 * Mediation for Lawyers CCH.
  • A spectrum of contributions that lawyers can make to mediation O Rundle
    2009 * Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal 20(4) 220.
  • Barking Dogs: Lawyers attitudes towards direct disputant participation
    in court-connected mediation of general civil cases O Rundle 2008 * Queensland
    University of Technology Law and Justice Journal 8(1) 77.

Family Law

  • Regular contributor of case notes to the *Family Law Review, Thomson
  • Following the Legislative Leaders: Judicial Recognition of Same Sex
    Couples in Australia and New Zealand O Rundle in Gallo, Paladini, Pistorino
    (eds) 2014 *Same Sex Couples before National, Supranational and International
    Jurisdictions Springer, Berlin 127-160.
  • Australian Birth Certificates: The best interests of no-one at all O
    Rundle and S Hardy 2012 *Australian Journal of Family Law 26 (2) 116.
  • An examination of relationship registration schemes in Australia O
    Rundle 2011 * Australian Journal of Family Law 25 (2) 12.
    Legal Education

Legal Education

  • Creating a Healthy Group Work Learning
    Environment in Law Classes O Rundle 2014 *Queensland University of Technology
    Law Review 14 (1) 63.
  • Teaching self-reflection to law students in a dispute resolution unit O
    Rundle and S Hiller 2012 *Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal 23 (3) 168.
  • Full List of Publications:

    Web Access Research Portal (WARP)


Olivia commenced her appointment as a lecturer in Law in November 2009. This appointment follows a long association with the Faculty of Law as an undergraduate student (1992-1996), graduate research assistant (2001-2004), sessional lecturer and tutor (2004-2009) and research higher degree candidate (2004-2009).Olivia undertook an apprenticeship and was admitted to legal practice in 1998. She practised law until 2000. Her PhD investigated the special nature of mediation when it is conducted within the context of the civil justice system. Olivia is also a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner registered by the Attorney-General and a Mediator accredited under the Australian National Mediation Standards (LEADR).

Olivia convened the Civil Justice Research and Teaching Conference in February 2014. She has made submissions to law reform enquiries, presented at numerous conferences, and participated in media interviews. Olivia is part of the Wellness Network for Law and a founding member of the ADR Research Network http://adrnetwork.wordpress.com/.

Olivia's work includes research, teaching and community engagement in the three broad areas of family law (particularly non-traditional family relationships), dispute resolution (particularly the role of lawyers) and civil procedure.


Units Taught


LAW451 Civil Procedure

Past Units

LAW681 – Family 1 – The Family and the Child
LAW682 – Family 2 – Financial Aspects of Family Law
LAW640 – Dispute Resolution
LAW423 – Criminal and Civil Procedure
LAW121 – Introduction to Law

LAW679 – Supervised Research Paper (coordinator and available to supervise)

Administrative roles

Coordinator, Honours and Supervised Research Paper Programme (not in 2015)

Member, Faculty of Law Teaching and Learning Committee


Available to co-supervise PhD and LLM by research students and to supervise undergraduate supervised research papers in the areas of family law, dispute resolution and civil procedure.

Current RHD candidate supervision: