This course will examine contemporary issues arising in the legal profession. Topics will vary from year to year, drawing on the innovative research of the UQ Law School academic staff, as well as the expertise of visiting scholars and leading practitioners.

The topic for Semester 2, 2021 is Family Law Arbitration.

This class will be taught on campus and by Zoom. The course consists of 24 hours of classes in total consisting of; six seminars (2hrs each) taught 5-7pm on Mondays, 29 Nov; 6, 13, 20 Dec; & 10, 17 January; plus two full days of classes (9am-5pm) on 28 & 29 January.

24 hours of classes consisting of; six seminars (2hrs each), and two full days.
Next course:
29 November 2021 (see all)
UQ St Lucia (view map)
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$2,260 (incl. GST)

Who is the course designed for

Our CPD courses are available to professionals interested in contemporary legal issues.

Whether you're looking to acquire CPD points, expand your knowledge in a specific area of the law, or gain a general understanding of legal issues impacting your profession, our courses will equip you to go further in every possible future.

Style of learning

Our CPD participants benefit from small class sizes which encourage group discussion and debate, and 1-on-1 access to industry experts and leading researchers.


This course is delivered at UQ St Lucia campus.

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Upcoming sessions

29 November 2021 5:00pm7:00pm
6 December 2021 5:00pm7:00pm
13 December 2021 5:00pm7:00pm
20 December 2021 5:00pm7:00pm
10 January 2022 5:00pm7:00pm
17 January 2022 5:00pm7:00pm
28 January 2022 9:00am5:00pm
29 January 2022 9:00am5:00pm

CPD enrolment closes two weeks prior to the course start date.

No entry requirements apply, you are not required to submit assessment and your course participation cannot be used as academic credit towards a degree qualification.

Our courses count toward Queensland Law Society Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points if you can demonstrate relevance to your legal practice.

Professor Patrick ParkinsonProfessor Patrick Parkinson

Patrick Parkinson is a Professor at the TC Beirne School of Law. Professor Parkinson was Dean of Law at the TC Beirne School of Law from 2018 - 2021. Professor Parkinson is a specialist in family law, child protection, law and religion and the law of equity and trusts. His books include Australian Family Law in Context (7th ed, 2019), Tradition and Change in Australian Law (5th ed, 2013), Family Law and the Indissolubility of Parenthood (2011), The Voice of a Child in Family Law Disputes (with Judy Cashmore, 2008), Child Sexual Abuse and the Churches (2nd ed, 2003) and Principles of Equity (editor, 2nd ed., 2003).

Professor Parkinson served from 2004-2007 as Chairperson of the Family Law Council, an advisory body to the federal Attorney- General, and also chaired a review of the Child Support Scheme in 2004-05 which led to the enactment of major changes to the Child Support Scheme. He was President of the International Society of Family Law from 2011-14. Professor Parkinson is also well-known for his community work concerning child protection. He has been a member of the NSW Child Protection Council, and was Chairperson of a major review of the state law concerning child protection which led to the enactment of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998. He also works with churches on child protection and religious freedom issues.