Dr John Woodward

Dr John Woodward

Conjoint Lecturer

Newcastle Law School

Career Summary


Associate Lecturer John Woodward researches and teaches in the fields of civil dispute resolution and clinical practice. John began his academic career in 2014 as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of New South Wales. In 2017 he joined the University of Newcastle as a Sessional Lecturer and Tutor and in 2019 transitioned to an Associate Lecturer.

John is an accredited Mediator (under NMAS), a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, is a member of the ADR Committee of the Law Society of NSW and is on the Law Society’s accredited mediator’s panel.  He is the President  of the Australasian Dispute Resolution Research Network and is a member of the steering committee of the Asian Pacific Mediation Forum.  He is also a committee member of the Newcastle Chapter of Resolution Institute. He is an arbitrator of the Local Court of NSW under section 38 of the Civil Procedure Act 2005. He is also the Dispute Resolution Officer for the Northern NSW Soccer Federation.    

John has presented at a number of national and international fora including the Asia Pacific Mediation Forum in South Korea, the Islamic University of Riau in Indonesia, University of Tasmania, Flinders University Adelaide, the University of NSW, the University of Otago in Dunedin New Zealand, the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland and at the ICFAI University in Hyderabad, India and the Australian National Mediation Conference in Canberra.

Prior to academia John was a solicitor practicing in commercial litigation from 1987-2014 the Newcastle region. John’s main area of practice involved insolvency, building and construction law and insurance law. 


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Law, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Legal Studies, Macquarie University
  • Master of Laws, University of New South Wales


  • Civil Procedure
  • Corporate law
  • Court Connected Mediation
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance Law


Code Course Role Duration
University of Newcastle Australia
Associate Lecturer 25/2/2020 - 5/6/2020
University of Newcastle
Associate Lecturer 25/2/2020 - 5/6/2020


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Woodward J, 'Acts of Intervention: How Contracts of Liability Insurance Are Regulated to Protect Third Party Claimants in Australian Law', The IUP Law Review, Vol. IX No. 2 7-19 (2019)
2019 Woodward J, 'Walking the Tightrope: Exploring the Relationship Between Confidentiality and Disputant Participation', Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 30 1-8 (2019) [C1]
2016 Woodward J, 'Encouraging dialogue between large and diverse groups: the emerging field of facilitation', Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 27 58-65 (2016)
2015 Woodward J, 'Tipping the Scales - to what extent does the presence of power imbalances detract from the efficacy of principled negotiation?', Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 26 86-93 (2015)
2014 Woodward J, 'Court-connected dispute resolution - whose interests are being served?', Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 25 159-165 (2014)
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Dr John Woodward


Conjoint Lecturer
Newcastle Law School
Newcastle Law School
College of Human and Social Futures

Casual Academic
Newcastle Law School
Newcastle Law School
College of Human and Social Futures

Contact Details

Email john.woodward@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 8666
Mobile 0403 054 411


Room X526
Building NewSpace, 400 Hunter Street Newcastle
Location Newcastle City Campus