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Olivia Rundle

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Olivia Rundle has two main areas of interest:

The way in which the law deals with the diversity of family relationships, and dispute resolution processes both outside courts and within courts that are used to deal with civil disputes. The role of lawyers in working in both of these arenas is a particular passion.

Dr Rundle is co-authoring a book that will help to prepare lawyers for dealing with the diversity of modern relationships and effectively communicating this when advocating for their client.

'The book is looking at the way the law applies to people of minority sexuality and gender, the individuals, couples and families within that group,' she said.

'We still have an over-simplistic view in law and in common understanding about gender and sexuality, that the heterosexual model of two parents and their own 2.3 kids etc. is the norm, but the reality is much more chaotic and complex.

'We recognize partnerships that are married or registered or de facto, but what is a 'recognised' relationship in law might not reflect how people actually experience and perceive their intimate personal relationships,' Dr Rundle said.

She is writing an article out of the book project which is looking at the criteria that are used to determine whether a couple is, or were in a de facto relationship.

'A lot of criteria don't apply to people of minority sexuality and gender, because many people proactively manage the degree of visibility of their relationship. They don't necessarily present as a couple. They might choose to have separate residences or maintain separate identities, for example. Australia has a full package of rights and responsibilities we apply to relationships that are recognised, but perhaps many of the elements within that package don't apply in these cases,' she said.

And there are other complications. Dr Rundle says that sometimes having recognition is contrary to what people have tried to organize for much of their lives.

'We're looking to encourage advocates/lawyers to explore and, if their client consents, to explain why their clients have arranged their lives in particular ways, when they are making submissions about those provisions. It is quite common for people not to be 'out' in the workplace and to have blurred the perceptions of their living arrangements. They may be fearful of being open about their relationships, particularly when their partner dies. They can then be pitted against extended family who may not recognise the relationship.'

Dr Rundle says Advocates need to be aware of having that discussion with clients about what will be necessary to assert their legal entitlements.

'Sometimes it might be better for their clients to 'walk away'. That's a pretty challenging concept for legal advocates, who have an obligation to promote their clients best interests. The reality is, that sometimes those interests might best be served by clients not asserting their legal entitlements,' she said.

The book itself addresses the things professionals can do to challenge heterosexism, which is the assumption that everybody is heterosexual and that the relationship in question is conducted according to expected heterosexual norms.

'By presenting and explaining the client's circumstances, in the context of how much the client wants to be 'out' in the process, given the potential effect on their work place relationships and family, advocates can better represent their clients,' said Dr Rundle.

Dr Rundle says she is lucky she's not constrained (other than by time) in making research choices and enjoys wonderful academic freedom at the University of Tasmania to pursue projects within her area of expertise.

One future project might be to conduct some empirical research about lawyers and they way they engage in various dispute resolution processes, in particular the lawyer-client relationship and role divisions.

But for now, Dr Rundle has an important book to complete.

Dr Olivia Rundle'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. She is the Wellbeing Coordinator at the Faculty of Law, part of the Wellness Network for Law and a founding member of the ADR Research Network http://adrnetwork.wordpress.com/. She has also recently been appointed to the Board of Legal Education in Tasmania. Dr Rundle practised law until 2000. She worked as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner registered by the Attorney General and a Mediator accredited under the Australian National Mediation Standards (LEADR).

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDHow Court-Connection and Lawyers' Perspectives Have Shaped Court-Connected Mediation Practice in the Supreme Court of TasmaniaUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia2010
BA-LLB University of TasmaniaAustralia1997
GradCertLegal PracticeUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia1997

Professional Practice

Resolution Institute LEADR/IAMA (Dispute Resolution practice)

Biography

Olivia has worked at the Faculty of Law in research since 2001, when she commenced working as a graduate research assistant. She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Tasmania. She was admitted to legal practice in 1998 and has worked sessionally as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner registered by the Attorney-General and a Mediator accredited under the Australian National Mediation Standards. She started teaching in the Faculty of Law in 2004. She has been a full time academic since November 2009.

Research Themes

Olivia's research aligns with the University's research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society.

Memberships

Professional practice

LEADR/IAMA (Dispute Resolution practice)

Committee associations

  • Board of Legal Education (appointed by Attorney-General of Tasmania) 2014-
  • Co-Chair Australian Dispute Resolution Research Network 2014-
  • Member, Faculty of Law Teaching and Learning Committee

Administrative expertise

Coordination of Honours and Supervised Research Paper Programmes, Faculty of Law

Teaching

Civil Procedure, Dispute Resolution, Family Law, Workplace Conflict Management

Teaching expertise

Extensive experience in unit design and development of innovative blended learning practice.

Teaching responsibility

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Expertise

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

Collaboration

Associate Professor Samantha Hardy from James Cook University, and the University of Wollongong.

Current projects

Co-authored book with Assoc Prof Samantha Hardy about the legal and social issues experienced by people of minority sexuality or gender.

Research Fields

  • Law (180199)
  • Law and Society (180119)
  • Family Law (180113)
  • Law and Legal Studies (189999)
  • Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession (180121)
  • Criminal Law and Procedure (180110)
  • Human Rights Law (180114)
  • Litigation, Adjudication and Dispute Resolution (180123)
  • Labour Law (180118)
  • Human Resources Management (150305)

Research Impact

  • Justice and the Law (940499)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies (970118)
  • Legal Processes (940406)
  • Law, Politics and Community Services (949999)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences (970108)
  • Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology (970121)
  • Workplace Safety (940505)
  • Management (910402)

Publications

Olivia's publications are in three areas, including: dispute resolution, family law and legal education. She is a regular contributor of case notes to the Family Law Review. Olvia has recently published a co authored book: Sex, Gender, Sexuality and the Law

Sex, Gender, Sexuality and the Law

Total publications

71

Journal Article

(40 outputs)
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2016Fernando M, Rundle O, 'Love em, Keep em, Leave em: (Non) application of de facto relationship laws to clandestine intimate relationships', Alternative Law Journal, 41, (2) pp. 93-97. ISSN 1037-969X (2016) [Refereed Article]

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2016Rundle OC, 'Saintclaire V Saintclaire', Family Law Review, 6 pp. 54-58. ISSN 0149-1431 (2016) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2015Rundle OC, 'Delamarre v Asprey', Family Law Review, 46 pp. 66-70. ISSN 0149-1431 (2015) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2015Rundle OC, 'The Problematic Judicial View of Gender Diversity', UniSA Student Law Review, 1 pp. 183-191. (2015) [Non Refereed Article]

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2015Rundle OC, 'JACKSON v MACEK', Family Law Journal, 5 pp. 205-211. ISSN 1837-8757 (2015) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2015Rundle OC, 'JANSSEN v JANSSEN', Family Law Journal, 5 pp. 212-215. ISSN 1837-8757 (2015) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2015Rundle O, 'Lawyers' participation in mediation and professional ethical disposition', Legal Ethics, 18, (1) pp. 46-68. ISSN 1460-728X (2015) [Refereed Article]

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2015Rundle OC, 'Jurchenko v Foster', Family Law Review, 5, (2) pp. 131-139. ISSN 1837-8757 (2015) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2014Rundle OC, 'Norton v Locke', Family Law Review, 52 pp. 68-73. ISSN 1837-8757 (2014) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2014Rundle OC, 'Commissioner of taxation v Darling', Family Law Review pp. 134-140. ISSN 1837-8757 (2014) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2014Rundle OC, 'Creating a Healthy Group Work Learning Environment in Law Classes', QUT Law Review, 14, (1) pp. 63-80. ISSN 2201-7275 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2014Rundle OC, 'Vadisanis v Vadisanis', Family Law Review pp. 255-261. ISSN 0149-1431 (2014) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2014Rundle OC, 'Gladau V Gladau', Family Law Review, 4, (3) pp. 201-205. ISSN 1837-8757 (2014) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2013Rundle O, 'Lawyers' preparation for Court-Connected Mediation: The Supreme Court of Tasmania', University of Tasmania Law Review, 32, (1) pp. 20-51. ISSN 0082-2108 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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2013Rundle OC, 'Lawyers' perspectives on 'what is court-connected mediation for?'', International Journal of The Legal Profession, 20, (1) pp. 33-65. ISSN 0969-5958 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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2013Rundle OC, 'Craig v Rowlands', Family Law Review, 2013, (3) pp. 169-173. ISSN 1837-8757 (2013) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2013Rundle OC, 'Jonah v White', Family Law Review, 3, (2) pp. 117-120. ISSN 1837-8757 (2013) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2013Rundle OC, 'Re Jamie', Family Law Review, 3, (4) pp. 246-253. ISSN 1837-8757 (2013) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2012Hardy S, Rundle OC, 'Applying the inclusive model of ethical decision making to mediation', James Cook University Law Review, 19, (2012) pp. 70-89. ISSN 1321-1072 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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2012Rundle O, Hardy S, 'Australian Birth Certificates: The best interests of no one at all', Australian Journal of Family Law, 26, (2) pp. 116-141. ISSN 0817-623X (2012) [Refereed Article]

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2012Rundle O, Hiller S, 'Teaching self-reflection to law students in a dispute resolution unit', Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 23, (3) pp. 168-178. ISSN 1441-7847 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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2012Rundle OC, 'High Court interprets WA provsions for legal recognition of reassigned gender', Australian Health Law Bulletin, 20, (1) pp. 182-85. ISSN 1038-1473 (2012) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2012Rundle OC, 'Stanford v Stanford', Family Law Review, 2, (2) pp. 118-122. ISSN 1837-8757 (2012) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2012Rundle OC, 'Forster v Forster', Family Law Review, 2, (3) pp. 202-206. ISSN 1837-8757 (2012) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2012Rundle OC, 'Khalil v Tahir-Ahmadi', Family Law Review, 2, (4) pp. 239-245. ISSN 1837-8757 (2012) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2012Rundle OC, 'Palmer v Palmer', Family Law Review, 3, (1) pp. 47-51. ISSN 1837-8757 (2012) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2011Rundle OC, 'UnitingCare - Unifam Counselling and Mediation v Harkiss (Disclosure of family counselling communications)', Family Law Review, 2, (1) pp. 38-43. ISSN 1837-8757 (2011) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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2011Rundle O, 'An examination of relationship registration schemes in Australia', Australian Journal of Family Law, 25, (2) pp. 121-152. ISSN 0817-623X (2011) [Refereed Article]

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2011Rundle OC, 'Drew v Vickery', Family Law Review, 1, (4) pp. 248-251. ISSN 1837-8757 (2011) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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2011Rundle OC, 'Zeller v Whitby', Family Law Review, 1, (4) pp. 256-257. ISSN 1837-8757 (2011) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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2011Rundle OC, 'Palmer v Palmer', Family Law Review, 1, (3) pp. 170-173. ISSN 1837-8757 (2011) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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2011Rundle OC, 'Franklin v Franklin', Family Law Review, 1, (3) pp. 174-178. ISSN 1837-8757 (2011) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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2011Rundle OC, 'Wilson v Roberts (No 2)', Family Law Review, 1, (3) pp. 179-183. ISSN 1837-8757 (2011) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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2011Rundle OC, 'Re Rosie (Special Medical Procedure)', Family Law Review, 1, (4) pp. 239-243. ISSN 1837-8757 (2011) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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2011Rundle OC, 'A Bank v Coleiro', Family Law Review, 2, (1) pp. 57-62. ISSN 1837-8757 (2011) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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2009Rundle OC, 'A spectrum of contributions that lawyers can make to mediation', Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 20, (4) pp. 220-228. ISSN 1441-7847 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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2008Rundle OC, 'Dialogues Between Legal Practitioners and Family Dispute Resolution Providers', Law Letter, Winter 2008, (100) pp. 40-41. ISSN 1234-5678 (2008) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2008Rundle OC, 'Barking Dogs: Lawyer Attitudes Towards Direct Disputant Participation in Court-Connected Mediation of General Civil Cases', Queensland University of Technology Law and Justice Journal, 8, (1) pp. 77-92. ISSN 1445-6249 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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2007Rundle OC, 'The purpose of court-connected mediation from the legal perspective', ADR Bulletin, 10, (2) pp. 28-30. ISSN 1440-4540 (2007) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2005Rundle OC, 'Evaluating dispute resolution', Law Letter, Summer 2005, (90) pp. 10. ISSN 1326-7418 (2005) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Hardy S, Rundle O, Riggs DW, 'Sex, Gender, Sexuality and the Law: Social and legal issues facing individuals, couples and families', Thomson Reuters, Australia, pp. 300. ISBN 9780455237503 (2016) [Authored Research Book]

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Co-authors: Hardy S

2010Hardy S, Rundle OC, 'Mediation for Lawyers', CCH Australia, Sydney, pp. 479. ISBN 9781921485695 (2010) [Authored Research Book]

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Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Rundle OC, 'Following the Legislative Leaders: Judicial Recognition of Same Sex Couples in Australia and New Zealand', Same-Sex Couples before National, Supranational and International Jurisdictions, Springer, Danielle Gallo, Luca Paladini, Pietro Pustorino (ed), Berlin, pp. 127-160. ISBN 9783642354335 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-35434-2_6 [eCite] [Details]

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Conference Publication

(13 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Rundle O, 'Simulation of Authentic Practice Experiences in Civil Procedure Classes', Civil Justice Forum, 19 February, Monash University (2016) [Conference Extract]

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2016Rundle O, Gogarty B, 'Legal Collaboration: Unpacking the Threshold Learning Outcome for Law (TLO 5(b)) in the Complexity of Modern Legal Practice and Legal Education', Australian Law Teachers Association Conference, 7 July, Victoria University, Wellington (2016) [Conference Extract]

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2016Rundle O, 'Faculty Wellbeing Coordinator'', National Wellness for Law Forum, 4-5 February, College of Law (2016) [Conference Extract]

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2015Rundle N, Rundle O, 'Teaching Matters', Teaching Matters, 2 December, University of Tasmania (2015) [Conference Extract]

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2015Rundle O, 'Engagement, Experience and Examination: Some Challenges in Teaching Civil Procedure', Civil Justice Research and Teaching Workshop, 19-20 Fenruary, Universities of Sydney and UNSW (2015) [Conference Extract]

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2015Rundle O, Gogarty B, 'Practice-centric learning in the law degree', Teaching Matters, 2 December, University of Tasmania (2015) [Conference Extract]

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2014Rundle O, 'Lawyers' Participation in Mediation and Ethical Disposition: building inter-professional understanding', ADR Research Symposium, December, RMIT (2014) [Conference Extract]

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2014Rundle O, 'Explaining Diversity of Lawyers' Participation', National Mediation Conference, National Mediation Conference, Grand Hyatt (2014) [Conference Extract]

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2012Rundle O, 'Dispute Resolution Units in the Law Degree', ADR Research Forum, 18-19 December, , University of NSW (2012) [Conference Extract]

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2012Rundle O, 'ADR in Legal Education and Promoting Student Wellbeing', ADR in Legal Education and Promoting Student Wellbeing Forum, 20-21 February, RMIT University (2012) [Conference Extract]

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2012Rundle OC, 'Transnational Surrogacy: mapping the issues', Out of the Wilderness, 14-17 October 2012, Hobart, pp. 59-81. (2012) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2010Rundle OC, 'Court-connected mediation programmes: implications for courts and the legal profession', AIJA Website, 4-7 May, Australia (2010) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2008Rundle OC, 'Transforming Lawyer Perspectives of Their Client's Role in Mediation: What Mediators Should Know', 9th National Mediation Conference 2008., 9-12 September 2008, Perth, pp. 339-343. (2008) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Rundle OC, 'Parentage Laws under the Family Law Act', Law Council of Australia (2013) [Contract Report]

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Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2010Rundle OC, 'How court-connection and lawyers' perspectives have shaped court-connected mediation practice in the Supreme Court of Tasmania' (2010) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(13 outputs)
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2016Rundle O, 'A Critique of Facebook's Dispute Systems Design: Procedural Fairness and the Problem of Power', The Australian Dispute Resolution Research Network, Australia, 19 March (2016) [Magazine Article]

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2016Rundle O, 'Advisors' influence on negotiations', The Australian Dispute Resolution Research Network, Australia, 20 April (2016) [Magazine Article]

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2016Rundle O, 'Social media related workplace dispute settles on eve of trial', The Australian Dispute Resolution Research Network, Australia, 11 April (2016) [Magazine Article]

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2016Rundle O, Gogarty B, 'Legal Collaboration: Unpacking the Threshold Learning Outcome for Law (TLO 5(b)) in the Complexity of Modern Legal Practice and Legal Education', The Australian Dispute Resolution Research Network, Australia, 19 July (2016) [Magazine Article]

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2016Rundle O, 'Making research 'failure' visible: unlocking hidden expertise', The Australian Dispute Resolution Research Network, Australia, May 4 (2016) [Magazine Article]

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2015Rundle O, 'Some ponderings on 'merit' and decision making', The Australian Dispute Resolution Research Network, Australia, 20 August (2015) [Magazine Article]

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2015Rundle O, 'On Mediation, Legal Representatives and Advocates' by Bobette Wolski', The Australian Dispute Resolution Research Network, Australia, 27 March (2015) [Magazine Article]

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2014Rundle O, ''Friendly discussion' as a condition precedent to arbitration', The Australian Dispute Resolution Research Network, Australia, 9 August (2014) [Magazine Article]

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2013Rundle O, 'Unpacking the 'adversarial advocate', The Australian Dispute Resolution Research Network, Australia, 4 December (2013) [Magazine Article]

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2013Rundle O, '2013 LEADR Practitioner Award for Significant Contribution to Australian Dispute Resolution', Resolution Institute, Australia (2013) [Award]

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2012Rundle OC, 'Biomedical ethics in regards to surrogacy', Statewide Mornings with Leon Compton, ABC Radio 936 Hobart and online, October 16 2012 (2012) [Media Interview]

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2012Rundle OC, 'Law lags as Aussies employ overseas surrogate mums', Radio National Law Report, ABC Radio National, 23 October 2012 (2012) [Media Interview]

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2011Rundle OC, 'Legal issues regarding same sex marriage', Hobart Women's Health Centre Newsletter, Hobart Women's Health Centre, Hobart, Winter 2011, pp. 1-2. (2011) [Magazine Article]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

2

Total funding

$6,416

Projects

Drawing together legal and management expertise to develop practice guidelines for lawyers and HR managers about organisational obligations re providing a psychologically safe workplace (2016)$5,666
Description
The project will utilise legal and management expertise within the team in order to explore the question of what exactly managers should do in order toavaoid liability for workplace psychological injuries and what they are required to do to meet their 'reasonable accommodation' requiremeht under anti-discrimination and Occupational Health and Safety law. Essentially it will involve a cross-disciplinatry translation of knowledge and materials to produce resources that will be useful for professionals, academic teachers and researchers.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($5,666)
Scheme
Grant-Cross-Disciplinary Incentive
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Rundle OC; Woods M
Year
2016
2012: Family Law Conference, Hobart (2012)$750
Funding
University of Tasmania ($750)
Scheme
Grant-Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Rundle OC
Year
2012

Research Supervision

Current

3

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDFamily Law Duty Lawyer Scheme - Evaluation and Review2012
PhDPermanent Care Options for Children in Tasmania2013
PhDForced Marriage as a Crime Against Humanity: Its Genesis, Viability and Future2014