University of Technology Sydney

79771 Dispute Resolution

Requisite(s): ((22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04264 Master of Legal Studies OR 22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C07122 Graduate Diploma Legal Studies)) OR 78101c Postgraduate Legal Research OR (70107c Principles of Company Law AND (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 142 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04363 Juris Doctor Master of Intellectual Property OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04364 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Trade Mark Law and Practice) AND 70106c Principles of Public International Law) OR (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice AND 70106 Principles of Public International Law)
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Anti-requisite(s): 78136 Dispute Resolution


Dispute resolution deals with an area of increasing importance to all professions, business and government. It explores the totality of methods available to resolve a dispute, from consensual processes such as negotiation and mediation to more adjudicative processes such as arbitration and litigation. This subject also looks at the interaction between these processes, investigating the development of hybrid methods such as collaborative law.

Presented in block mode, students are introduced to the philosophy, theory and practice of dispute resolution through class-based discussion and practical exercises. They examine the emerging field of professional dispute resolution inside and outside of the legal profession and the integration of dispute resolution processes into the adversarial court framework, as well as an ever-widening range of private and public law structures within a more broadly defined justice system.

This subject provides students with an opportunity to develop their communication skills through seminar presentations, role-plays and participatory engagement. Students also examine and consider appropriate processes for a range of private and public situations and engage closely with the core processes of dispute resolution, including the legislative and regulatory framework, to develop a sophisticated understanding of the practice of dispute resolution in Australia.

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