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This unit will be subject to a strict quota of a maximum of 40 students. There are attendance requirements.


This unit introduces law students to a variety of non-judicial dispute resolution processes.This unit introduces students to the theories, principles, practices and laws relating to dispute resolution. It covers a variety of dispute resolution methods including negotiation, mediation, conciliation and arbitration. Students will examine how these processes are used in different contexts within Australian jurisdictions and internationally. By the end of the unit, students should have an improved understanding about the circumstances in which dispute resolution options are appropriate and an ability to match disputes to process options.

Students will also engage in practical training in various dispute resolution skills. Skills of problem solving, reflective practice, conflict management, collaboration and dispute resolution will be encouraged through group learning experiences. There will be an opportunity to role play different participants in dispute resolution processes, including parties, lawyers, third parties and observers.

This unit provides an opportunity for law students to develop an understanding about the place of dispute resolution in modern legal practice. Students will have the opportunity to think critically about the implications of non-judicial dispute resolution processes for the law, litigation and the legal profession. This unit compliments the compulsory units of the law degree, which emphasise the legal perspective of dispute and judicial methods of dispute resolution. This unit develops knowledge and skills that must be used by lawyers in conjunction with legal analysis and adversarial advocacy. It also advances students' achievement of the Threshold Learning Outcomes for Law (TLOs).

Summary 2020

Unit name Dispute Resolution
Unit code LAW640
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law

Dr Olivia Rundle

Teaching staff

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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About Census Dates




Completion of 200 points of university study (ie 16 x 12.5pt units).

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

Anti-requisites (mutual exclusions): LAW624.


Teaching Pattern

32 hours of workshop style learning. Classes of 2 or 3 hours per week during semester. Half day blocks spread over 3 weeks if offered in Winter, Spring or Summer School.


Portfolio of work related to workshops (50%), Research essay (50%)

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