This course provides an overview of dispute resolution processes (with a focus on non-litigation dispute resolution processes), including negotiation, facilitation, mediation, conciliation, case appraisal, expert determination and arbitration. These processes will be discussed and compared with respect to their purpose and justifications as part of the Australian justice system. More generally, the course will also examine emerging and significant theories underlying dispute resolution practice and conflict analysis and will provide a critical response to traditional Western liberal ideas such as the rule of law and adversarial justice.

While the course is interactive and features a variety of learning activities including discussion, role play simulation and mini-lectures, it is not a skills course and does not teach particular models or processes in detail.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 course dates are subject to change.

Dispute Resolution
4 days (27, 28 August and 10, 11 September 2020)
UQ St Lucia (view map)
Enrolment options: 
CPD | Award | Non-Award

Topics covered

  • conflict and dispute resolution
  • core processes in dispute resolution
  • issues and challenges in dispute resolution
  • current trends in dispute resolution.

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 courses are delivered in collaborative, seminar-style teaching environments, in the award-winning Forgan Smith building.

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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Enrolment options

 Register for Continuing Professional Development

No entry requirements apply, you are not required to submit assessment, and your course participation may not be used as academic credit towards a qualification. Our courses count toward Queensland Law Society Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points if you can demonstrate relevance to your legal practice. Registration closes 2 weeks before the course starts.

Register as a CPD student

 Enrol as a non-award student

To gain academic credit, you can apply to enrol as a ‘non-award’ student. Your enrolment is called ‘non-award’ because you are not seeking to be awarded a qualification at this point. As a non-award student, you will be required to do course assessment and will gain academic credit for successfully completing the course. You may seek credit for the course if you enrol in a program in the future.

Apply for entry as a non-award student

 Enrol as a part of a Masters degree program

This course is part of the Master of Laws postgraduate program.