The Graduate Diploma of Dispute Resolution is a coursework degree for graduates seeking specialised education in Dispute Resolution theory and practice. The program provides graduates from a variety of disciplines with a strong understanding of the diversity of fields within the Alternative Dispute Resolution continuum.
Graduates who have been awarded a Bachelor degree from the University of New South Wales or a degree deemed equivalent from another university or tertiary institution are eligible to apply for admission to the GDDR program. Work experience will be taken into consideration for admission purposes where a candidate can demonstrate experience in the field of dispute resolution.
completion of a recognized bachelor degree
meet English requirements.
* Some programs have additional entry requirements, please contact UNSW for this information.
To provide study programs that meet the developmental requirements of students currently engaged in or planning a future as dispute resolution practitioners.
To impart an advanced level of knowledge and analytical ability in relation to the issues, problems and conduct of dispute resolution processes.
To provide depth of study and research opportunities with respect to contemporary development in dispute resolution in Australia and internationally.
To provide students with a strong theoretical and practical understanding of the development of the ADR continuum including the opportunity, as the program develops, to scrutinise industry specific developments.
Students must complete 36 units of credit for the Graduate Diploma of Dispute Resolution. Except as indicated each course is worth 6 units of credit. For the GDDR there are 2 compulsory subjects:
LAWS8314 Dispute Resolution*
LAWS8980 Principled Negotiation
Students without a formal background in law are also required to undertake either
LAWS8072 Legal Concepts, Research and Writing for BL; or
LAWS8101 Legal Concepts, Research and Writing for CJC, depending on the choice of electives a student wishes to undertake (that is, whether he or she wishes to focus on commercial dispute resolution or dispute resolution in criminal context).
*LLB graduates and those holding a current Practising Certificate for any Australian or closely aligned jurisdiction (such as New Zealand) will be exempt from this subject on request but may enrol in it if they wish to do so. If an exemption is granted, another 6 unit of credit subject would need to be selected as a replacement.
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