Law

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Module code: M3122
Level 6
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay

The module provides you with an integrated understanding of the theory and practice of dispute resolution from an academic, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspective.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is now a fundamental subject for legal professions and academic research. The first part of the module examines theoretical perspectives with a focus on the emergence of the ADR movement, with specific emphasis given to the influence and principles of the Access to Justice Movement.

The second part of the module offers an analysis of negotiation, mediation and arbitration, complemented by formative practical negotiation and mediation exercises. The module enables you to develop your critical understanding of the nature of dispute resolution, and to become more creative and effective in your legal problem solving.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and critical understanding of the key theoretical debates and practical issues concerning the study of Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Demonstrate a good level of critical understanding of the nature and transformation of disputes
  • Analytically understand the features of negotiation and mediation, and their application to resolve a variety of disputes
  • Apply basic negotiation and mediation skills to fictional scenarios