LAW5315 - Commercial alternative dispute resolution - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Chief examiner(s)

Ms Anne Sutherland Kelly Personal ProfilePersonal Profile (

Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.

Unit guides


City (Melbourne)

  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus block of classes)


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Previously coded as LAW7071


Commercial alternative dispute resolution methods and the process of mediation. The uses, benefits and limitations of various ADR processes are critically examined. The impact of ADR on the legal system and the development of law are considered. Including participation in simulation exercises, the Unit offers knowledge to assist legal representatives and other students to maximise the value of a range of ADR processes.


On completion of this unit students should have:

  1. an acquaintance with and critical appreciation of the range of alternatives to commercial litigation
  2. an understanding of the process and principles of mediation
  3. a practical understanding of the uses of a range of commercial ADR processes.


  1. Participation in two simulated mediation exercises (assessed in class) PLUS a Reflective Journal on the student's mediation exercise experiences

  2. words) Value: 40%

  3. Research paper (4,500 words) Value 60%


  4. Take-home exam (4,500 words) Value: 60%

Workload requirements

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)