Dr Rosemary Jessamyn Howell

Dr. Howell has over 30 years of experience as a lawyer, strategic planner, educator and CEO. She is admitted to practice as a solicitor in Victoria and NSW and has served a term as the Secretary-General of the Law Council of Australia. Rosemary's professional expertise in strategic planning, facilitation and tertiary education has focused on enhancing the quality of professional and legal services through leadership roles in the legal profession's governing bodies, professional engagement in alternative dispute resolution techniques and engagement in higher education.

Since 1985 Rosemary's company, Strategic Action, has provided consulting services on planning, facilitation and training to State and Federal government departments and businesses in Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, China and South Africa. Her clientele includes in-house counsel, major corporate entities and a large range of professional service businesses including architects, law firms, engineers and accountants. Strategic Action was named the top Australia-Pacific mediation practice in 2018 by International Who's Who of Commercial Mediation. 

Her time as a board member of the Law Faculty of Monash University between 1981-83 was the start of a professional journey during which Rosemary recognised the natural connection between enhancing professional services, engagement in training and the opportunity to reduce the legal profession's singular focus on litigious forms of conflict resolution.

In 2005, Rosemary was awarded her Doctorate of Judicial Science (SJD) for her work on Negotiating with Lawyers, a qualitative study of the experiences of those for whom, and with whom, lawyers negotiate. This research allowed Rosemary to give theoretical voice to the professional skills and multi-disciplinary perspectives acquired through programs such as those she had taken and taught at Harvard University. It is these skills and perspectives that Rosemary hopes to pass on to Australia's future legal practitioners through her courses at UNSW.

Rosemary currently teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution at undergraduate level and Mediation in Practice Principled (Interest-based) Negotiation at a Postgraduate level at UNSW. In 2009, Rosemary proposed the development of a Master of Dispute Resolution and a Graduate Diploma of Dispute Resolution, which have been offered since 2010 and have now been rolled into the combined LLM program as a specialty. She also teaches mediation in the University of Melbourne's LLM program. 

In 2011 she was appointed a Visiting Professor at Catholica University in Lisbon where she led the first ADR program delivered in the Master's Program.

Rosemary is a nationally accredited mediator and has appeared in the International Who's Who of Mediation since 2013. She was ranked (via peer evaluation) by Who's Who Australia in the top 4 mediators in the country. Rosemary has also appeared in the 2015 Who's Who in Business in Australia.

Rosemary currently coaches the UNSW team in the invitation only ICC Mediation Competition Paris. She has coached UNSW teams since 2006 to the present, during which UNSW has reached the final rounds in all but 2 years and were winners in 2016 and 2018 from a field of 65 international competitors. 

UNSW Law Staff Award 'in recognition of [her] significant contribution towards developing, enabling and supporting community and collegiality at the Law School' - 2013

The inaugural LEADR award for 'significant contribution to ADR' - 2013 

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, Negotiation, Facilitation

Currently Teaching

Alternative Dispute Resolution (LAWS3314)

Mediation in Practice (LAWS8078/JURD7478)

Principled Negotiation (LAWS8980/JURD7480)