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Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution & Techniques in Negotiation



12 January 2011

Sydney Law School will offer two new specialised postgraduate units in Family Law as part of its 2011 Program, including a unit taught by Justice Jim Williams of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, Canada.

Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Techniques in Negotiation is a semester oneintensive that explores the issue of negotiation in Family Law and the ways Family Law shapes and impacts traditional representative negotiation.

Topics covered include:

  • Types of negotiation (including distributive and integrative techniques and their relation to a range of family law issues including child custody and access, support and property issues)
  • Issues that impact on negotiation in Family Law (including barriers to agreement, relationships, power, emotion, identity, culture and gender)
  • The role that children's issues have on negotiation (best interests standards, voice of the child and the role of the child in negotiation)

Justice Jim Williams is a Justice of the Family Division of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia since 1999.

He holds the post of Associate Director of the National Judicial Institute and is Co-Chair of the Organising Committee of the Federation of Law Societies Summer Program on Family Law.

He previously has been Host Chair & presenter at the World Congress on Children's Rights and Family Law.

In semester two, Sydney Law School's Professor Patrick Parkinson, AM will teach Financial Issues on Relationship Breakdown as an intensive in late August and mid-September.

It offers an in-depth analysis of the law on family property and financial transfers when marriages and cohabiting relationships break down.

Topics covered include:

  • Objectives of property division
  • The assessment of the homemaker contribution
  • Pre-relationship property
  • Inheritances
  • Special contributions
  • Property acquired after separation

Professor Patrick Parkinson is regarded as one of Australia's leading academic experts on Family Law.

He served from 2004-2007 as Chairperson of the Family Law Council, an advisory body to the federal Attorney-General, and also chaired a review of the Child Support Scheme in 2004-05 which led to the enactment of major changes to the Child Support Scheme.

He is a member of the Executive Council of the International Society of Family Law.
Professor Parkinson is also well-known for his community work concerning child protection.

He has been a member of the NSW Child Protection Council, and was Chairperson of a major review of the state law concerning child protection which led to the enactment of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998.

He also works with churches on child protection issues.

His books include Tradition and Change in Australian Law (4th ed, 2010), Australian Family Law in Context (4th ed, 2009), The Voice of a Child in Family Law Disputes (with Judy Cashmore, 2008), Child Sexual Abuse and the Churches (2nd ed, 2003) and Principles of Equity (editor, 2nd ed., 2003).

Both units areavailable to study through the following Sydney Law School degree programmes:

Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Techniques in Negotiation is also available to complete as part of the Master of Global Law (MGlobL).

Candidates can also enrol in this subject on a Legal Professional Development (LPD), Single Unit Enrolment or Cross-Institutional basis.

For further enquiries or to apply or enrol, please contact the Postgraduate Team.

Further information on the 2011 Sydney Law School Postgraduate Program


Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

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