Emeritus Professor Hilary Astor

B.Tech (Law) PhD (Brunel)

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney


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Biographical details

Professor Hilary Astor grew up in Blackpool, England and still retains the capacity to recite the dramatic monologue "The Lion and Albert". She received her Bachelors and Doctoral degrees from Brunel University, London, England, where she was a lecturer for ten years. Professor Astor joined the Faculty of Law at Sydney in 1986. In 1997 she was appointed Professor of Dispute Resolution, a position she held until 2010 when she was appointed Full-Time Commissioner at the New South Wales Law Reform Commission. In 2010 the University conferred on her the title of Emeritus Professor.

Her areas of interest are dispute resolution, especially mediation, and family law. She is the co-author, with Professor Christine Chinkin, of Dispute Resolution in Australia (2nd edition, Butterworths, Sydney, 2002). She is well known for her work on the mediation of disputes involving violence against women, relationships of power in mediation and mediator neutrality. She has recently published work on the relationships between family dispute resolution practitioners and family lawyers and conflict handling in universities. She was the inaugural Chairperson of the National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council, served for many years as a part-time Commissioner of the New South Wales Law Reform Commission and is presently a member of the Council of the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration.

Her interests include music, all forms of textile art, and reading detective novels.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2006

  • Managing Conflict in Higher Education; Astor H; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2005

  • Resolving disputes in Austrlian universities; Astor H; University of Sydney/Bridging Support.

2001

  • Australias practices and prospects in Law of the Sea dispute resolution; Astor H; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Research and Development (R&D).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Rhoades, H., Astor, H., Sanson, A., O'Connor, M. (2008). Enhancing Inter-professional Relationships in a Changing Family Law System. Melbourne: University of Melbourne.
  • Rhoades, H., Sanson, A., Astor, H., Kaspiew, R. (2006). Working on their relationships: A study of inter-professional practices in a changing family law system. Melbourne: University of Melbourne.
  • Astor, H., Chinkin, C. (2002). Dispute Resolution in Australia. Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths.
  • Astor, H. (2001). Quality in Court Connected Mediation Programs. Australia: Australian Institute of Judicial Administration.

Journals

  • Astor, H., Croucher, R. (2010). Fractured Families, Fragmented Responsibilities: Responding to Family Violence in a Federal System. University of New South Wales Law Journal Forum, 16(2), 30-39.
  • Astor, H. (2010). Genuine Effort in Family Dispute Resolution. Family Matters, 84, 61-63.
  • Astor, H., Croucher, R. (2010). The ALRC/NSWLRC's Family Violence Inquiry: A Work in Progress. Australian Journal of Family Law, 24(2), 150-159.
  • Astor, H. (2010). Why Do Students Sue Australian Universities? Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 21(1), 20-32.
  • Rhoades, H., Astor, H., Hayward, W. (2009). A Study of Inter-Professional Relationships in a Changing Family Law System. Australian Journal of Family Law, 23(1), 10-29.
  • Astor, H. (2008). Australian Universities in Court: Causes, Costs, and Consequences of Increasing Litigation. Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 19(3), 156-169.
  • Astor, H. (2008). Making a 'genuine effort' in family dispute resolution: What does it mean? Australian Journal of Family Law, 22(2), 102-122.
  • Astor, H. (2007). Mediator neutrality: Making sense of theory and practice. Social and Legal Studies, 16(2), 221-239.
  • Astor, H. (2005). Improving Dispute Resolution in Australian Universities: Options for the future. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 27(1), 49-65. [More Information]
  • Astor, H. (2005). Some contemporary theories of power in mediation: A primer for the puzzled practitioner. Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 16(1), 30-39.
  • Astor, H. (2003). Power in Theory and Practice - The example of the Australian Defence Organisation. Australian Dispute Resolution Journal, 6(2), 23-27.

2010

  • Astor, H., Croucher, R. (2010). Fractured Families, Fragmented Responsibilities: Responding to Family Violence in a Federal System. University of New South Wales Law Journal Forum, 16(2), 30-39.
  • Astor, H. (2010). Genuine Effort in Family Dispute Resolution. Family Matters, 84, 61-63.
  • Astor, H., Croucher, R. (2010). The ALRC/NSWLRC's Family Violence Inquiry: A Work in Progress. Australian Journal of Family Law, 24(2), 150-159.
  • Astor, H. (2010). Why Do Students Sue Australian Universities? Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 21(1), 20-32.

2009

  • Rhoades, H., Astor, H., Hayward, W. (2009). A Study of Inter-Professional Relationships in a Changing Family Law System. Australian Journal of Family Law, 23(1), 10-29.

2008

  • Astor, H. (2008). Australian Universities in Court: Causes, Costs, and Consequences of Increasing Litigation. Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 19(3), 156-169.
  • Rhoades, H., Astor, H., Sanson, A., O'Connor, M. (2008). Enhancing Inter-professional Relationships in a Changing Family Law System. Melbourne: University of Melbourne.
  • Astor, H. (2008). Making a 'genuine effort' in family dispute resolution: What does it mean? Australian Journal of Family Law, 22(2), 102-122.

2007

  • Astor, H. (2007). Mediator neutrality: Making sense of theory and practice. Social and Legal Studies, 16(2), 221-239.

2006

  • Rhoades, H., Sanson, A., Astor, H., Kaspiew, R. (2006). Working on their relationships: A study of inter-professional practices in a changing family law system. Melbourne: University of Melbourne.

2005

  • Astor, H. (2005). Improving Dispute Resolution in Australian Universities: Options for the future. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 27(1), 49-65. [More Information]
  • Astor, H. (2005). Some contemporary theories of power in mediation: A primer for the puzzled practitioner. Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 16(1), 30-39.

2003

  • Astor, H. (2003). Power in Theory and Practice - The example of the Australian Defence Organisation. Australian Dispute Resolution Journal, 6(2), 23-27.

2002

  • Astor, H., Chinkin, C. (2002). Dispute Resolution in Australia. Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths.

2001

  • Astor, H. (2001). Quality in Court Connected Mediation Programs. Australia: Australian Institute of Judicial Administration.

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