LAWS6130 - Dispute Resolution in Australia


  • Acquire a broad understanding of the theory, policy and practice of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
  • Examine the various alternative dispute resolution processes, their advantages and limitations.
  • Explore the application of alternative dispute resolution in particular areas of practice.


Key theoretical debates about mediation; advising others about ADR processes; how to be better participants in ADR processes; how to evaluate the possible applications of various dispute resolution methods; the use of ADR in employment and health care disputes.


Semester 2 Intensive
23, 24 & 30, 31 July 2014

The timetable is subject to frequent changes. Please refer to the latest version of the Postgraduate Timetable.


  • 1 x 3,000 Word Research Essay (50%)
  • 1 x Take-Home Exam (50%)

Please note: this is not a skills unit and candidates will not be trained as negotiators or mediators.

This unit has a restricted class size.

Department permission required for enrolment.

Information for current students

This unit has a restricted class size. Students will not be able to enrol online. Please refer to How to enrol in department permission units.

For further enquiries, please email Law Postgraduate Team

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

You can credit this unit towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Units of study that are part of Sydney Law School’s Postgraduate Program meet the necessary Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the New South Wales Bar Association. You may complete this unit of study by enrolling on a non-degree basis or on an audit basis only with no assessment via Single Unit Study.

Courses this unit is available in

Master of Laws | Graduate Diploma in Law | Master of Global Law | Master of Administrative Law and Policy | Master of Environmental Law | Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law | Master of Environmental Science and Law | Graduate Diploma in Health Law | Master of Health Law | Master of Labour Law and Relations