Conflict and its resolution play a significant role in the lives of individuals, organisations and the professionals who support them. This specialisation provides students with a broad coverage of dispute resolution processes which occur outside the courts. 

The program provides comprehensive and academically rigorous postgraduate study for those seeking a specialist qualification in dispute resolution theory and practice. 

The program enables students to develop skills in identifying the underlying issues that shape and inform a range of dispute resolution processes, and to think creatively about approaches and solutions to them. The courses, most of which are delivered via experiential, intensive programs, promote interdisciplinary study through exposure to dispute resolution practitioners in a range of fields. 

Knowledge and experience students will gain from the specialisation: 

  • An opportunity to scrutinise and build skills in processes on the ADR continuum 
  • An engagement in practical exercises designed to build a deeper understanding of the most commonly encountered non-litigious dispute resolution processes in which lawyers and non-lawyers engage 
  • An exploration of the legislative and commercial regimes which promote effective dispute resolution 
  • Some understanding of the international experience of dispute resolution 

Possible career outcomes: 

  • Law firm dispute resolution departments 
  • Conflict resolution roles within a broad range of commercial and not-for-profit organisations pursuing policy enhancement 
  • Conflict resolution process development 
  • Various opportunities in government departments, statutory authorities, schools and not-for-profit organisations 

Who will do this specialisation? 

Those with a focus on: 

  • Mediation 
  • Arbitration 
  • Dispute resolution and have received diplomas or certificates from professional associations such as the Australian Dispute Centre, Resolution Institute and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators