Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


6000 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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2018

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): LAWS6031. Students who have successfully completed LAWS6031 are not eligible to enrol in LAWS6102.

Learning outcomes

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

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

2. Demonstrate an advanced 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 specialised knowledge and demonstrate advanced skills in selecting the best dispute resolution process for a particular dispute.

4. Demonstrate the specialised 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 Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS6000, LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B, LAWS6005

Assessment items

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

Quiz: Online Quiz

Written Assignment: Research

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


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