Using mediation as a way to resolve disputes efficiently has been a core part of the Australian legal system for many years and is now being incorporated into other legal systems around the world.  Students in this course are immersed in mediation theory, policy and practice, developing a clear understanding of the role of mediation as a dispute management process. They develop the basic skills necessary to conduct an effective mediation in a legal context.

The course delivers a sound knowledge of the analytical models and characteristics of mediation, the ability to analyse its advantages and drawbacks, and distinguish it from other dispute resolution processes. The course identifies the range of skills used by mediators and the ethical challenges they face, and the role of lawyers, legal representatives and the parties involved in the mediation process. Mediation is suitable for academics, lawyers, mediators and other dispute resolution professionals, in addition to potential users of mediation services, advocates and mediation supporters.

Topics covered include:

  • current issues in mediation
  • mediation - definition and principles
  • mediation - a comparison with other ADR processes
  • conflict
  • contemporary mediation practices
  • mediator's function
  • assisting the communications
  • mediation skills
  • lawyers as negotiators/mediators
  • ethical dilemmas in mediation
  • legal issues for mediators
  • contemporary mediation directions - local & global.

Ms Anne-Marie Rice

Anne-Marie Rice is a director of Rice Dispute Resolution and the principal mediator at Rice Mediations. With 20 years experience in Family Law, she is an accredited specialist in family law, a nationally accredited mediator and a registered FDRP and Arbitrator. Since 2012 Anne-Marie has been routinely recognised by her peers as one of Queensland’s best family lawyers and family law mediators.

The 2018 WLAQ Leneen Ford AC Woman Lawyer of the Year, Anne-Marie has been an executive member of some of Queensland’s and Australia’s leading legal organisations including the QLS Practice Management and Specialist Accreditation Committees and The Family Law Practitioners Association of Qld. She is the current Qld Solicitor representative on the Executive of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.

Anne-Marie is committed to dispute resolution without recourse to trial and regularly trains practitioners around the country in mediation, arbitration and collaborative practice (a model in which she has consistently worked for over 10 years). Her focus is on the practical application of a “positive approach” to problem solving and her engaging presentations invite audiences to embrace the concept that conflict can be resolved without combat.

Anne-Marie regularly presents at local, national and international conferences and, as well as writing for both academic and industry publications on topics related to Family Law, Dispute Resolution and “Positive Problem Solving”, she is a consultant author to the CCH’s Family Law Service and the Master Family Law Guide.

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This course may also be taken as a CPD course or a non-award course. 

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