The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


5000 level

Course handbook


The course examines Dispute Resolution as an important approach to solve the disputes a part from the conventional litigation. This course provides students with an introduction to conflict theory, the opportunity to recognise and critically evaluate additional forms of dispute resolution so as to be equipped to identify what type of dispute resolution is an appropriate medium to resolve a conflict. The essential features of negotiations, mediation, arbitration and other primary dispute resolution options will be considered. Students will have the opportunity to acquire and use dispute resolution skills. Students will consider the legal implications of choosing a particular dispute resolution process.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the sources of legal disputes or conflicts and a capacity to understand and use the language of dispute resolution.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of the processes of non-litigious dispute resolution.

3. Identify all the options by which disputes or conflict can be resolved or managed using knowledge and demonstrate skills in selecting the best dispute resolution process for a particular dispute.

4. Demonstrate the skills required for professional practice in non-litigious dispute resolution.

5. Analyse critically and reflect on complex theories of non-litigious dispute resolution.


The topics in this course include the following:

  1. Conflict and dispute resolution
  2. Negotiation
  3. Mediation
  4. Collaborative Practice
  5. Arbitration
  6. Family Law and ADR
  7. Non adversarial approaches to Criminal Law
  8. ADR and technology
  9. Other dispute resolution processes


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS1010, LAWS1011, LAWS1020, LAWS1021, LAWS2030, LAWS3040, LAWS3041, and LAWS4003.

Assessment items

Participation: Seminar participation (inculding the attendance and in-class or out-of-class contribution)

Quiz: Online Quizes

Written Assignment: Research essay

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 2


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term