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Dispute Management (11252.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 3
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School


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This unit deals with dispute resolution (DR) in the justice system. It places DR in context among traditional dispute resolution mechanisms in law and the growing field of restorative or therapeutic justice. Disputes and conflicts are analysed within theoretical and practical legal frameworks to identify core issues and to identify appropriate solutions. Students learn about and model skills in communication; negotiation; mediation and conciliation required for practice in this field. The unit also deals with the law and practice governing arbitration under Australian and both private and public international law.

This unit will be co-taught with unit Dispute Management PG. This unit may be co-taught with a G version of the unit.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Identify, explain and analyse different types of dispute resolution processes and how they can be applied to resolve different types of disputes in international and domestic contexts;

2. Identify the professional standards of dispute resolution as they apply to disputants; and

3. Apply dispute resolution processes in practice in a range of different environments and disciplines.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

On-campus sessions with total hours for semester: Seminars - 18 hrs Workshops - 8 hrs Role Plays - 6 hrs Moots - 3 hrs Exercises - 3 hrs




This unit is only available to students in a Bachelor of Laws or Bachelor of Justice Studies course. Students must have passed or be enrolled in 11251 Foundations of Law and Justice.

Assumed Knowledge


Equivalent Units

9422 Alternative Dispute Resolution in Law

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