Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course allows students to develop and practice essential skills required in conciliation. Conciliation is frequently used in legal and business disputes to quickly and affordably solve disputes with the input of a conciliator with knowledge of the subject matter of the dispute. Students will explore the skills required for effective and successful conciliation, including communication, negotiation, compromise and dispute resolution skills. The advisory and evaluative nature of conciliations will be explored, by discussing the role of the conciliator and their potential input into the content and outcome of the conciliation. The practice and procedure of conciliation will be explored to ensure that students have a theoretical knowledge of how conciliations are conducted and the strategies employed by the parties involved in conciliations. Students will participate in scenarios which assess their conciliation skills and demonstrate how to address and solve conflict through conciliation, and also allow the students to critically analyse scenarios to determine how resolution through conciliation could be achieved.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate understanding of the importance of conciliation and how it is applied throughout the legal profession

2. Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of conciliation, including the roles of parties involved in a conciliation, and the advisory role of the conciliator.

3. Demonstrate a range of skills essential to successful conciliation, including effective communication, negotiation and dispute-resolution.

4. Critically evaluate and analyse legal and other conflicts to determine strategies to encourage resolution through conciliation.


The topics in this course include:

  1. Introduction to conciliations
  2. Conciliation practice and procedure
  3. The advisory nature of conciliations
  4. Conciliation skills
  5. Dispute resolution through conciliation
  6. Conciliation role play


Students must have successfully completed LAWS6107.

Assessment items

Participation: Class Participation

Role Play: Role Play

Essay: Essay

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.