MLL228 - Alternative Dispute Resolution: Principles and Practice


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Online
Credit point(s): 1
Previously coded as: MLL328

Students must have passed MLP213

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: MLL328
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour on-campus lecture (recordings provided) and 1 x 1 hour on-campus seminar (recordings provided) each week 

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 2 hour online lecture (recordings provided) and 1 x 1 hour online seminar (recordings provided) each week 


There has been an exponential developments of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) programs both inside and outside the courts in Australia over the last three decades. As a growing number of clients choose to settle their disputes outside of the courtroom, it is becoming increasingly critical for contemporary lawyers to understand how ADR works, what areas it covers, and how it can be used more effectively. This unit on Alternative Dispute Resolution is the study of alternatives to court adjudication. This unit provides a broad overview of legal issues relevant to negotiators, mediators, arbitrators, and policy makers. It is designed to provide an in-depth examination of the legal issues surrounding ADR. This unit focuses on the primary processes of ADR, namely: negotiation, mediation, arbitration (including domestic and international commercial arbitration) and hybrid procedures.

The unit covers a wide range of topics, including theories of conflict resolution, the multi-door approach to dispute resolution, principles and characteristics of ADR, the negotiation process, neutrality and impartiality of mediator, international commercial arbitration, ADR in family conflicts, restorative justice programs, and confidentiality and admissibility in ADR processes.

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