Conflict and its resolution play a significant role in the lives of individuals, organisations and the professionals who support them. This Master of Laws specialisation will provide you with broad coverage of dispute resolution processes that occur outside the courts. If you're seeking a specialist qualification in dispute resolution theory and practice, this specialisation provides a comprehensive and academically rigorous postgraduate program. 

The program will enable you to develop skills in identifying the underlying issues that shape and inform a range of dispute resolution processes and the ability to think creatively about approaches and solutions to them. The courses, most of which are delivered via experiential, intensive programs, promote interdisciplinary study through exposure to dispute resolution practitioners in various fields.

Knowledge and experience you’ll gain from this specialisation

  • An opportunity to scrutinise and build skills in processes on the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) continuum. 

  • An engagement in practical exercises designed to build a deeper understanding of the most commonly encountered non-litigious dispute resolution processes in which lawyers and non-lawyers engage. 

  • An exploration of the legislative and commercial regimes that promote effective dispute resolution. 

  • Some understanding of the international experience of dispute resolution.

Possible career outcomes

  • Law firm dispute resolution departments. 

  • Conflict resolution roles within a broad range of commercial and not-for-profit organisations pursuing policy enhancement. 

  • Conflict resolution process development. 

  • Various opportunities in government departments, statutory authorities, schools and not-for-profit organisations.

Who should study this specialisation?

Those with a focus on:

  • mediation 

  • arbitration 

  • dispute resolution, who have received diplomas or certificates from professional associations such as the Australian Dispute Centre, Resolution Institute and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

For more information on the structure and courses available in this specialisation, visit the online handbook.

UNSW Master of Laws