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Unit Overview


This unit introduces students to the principles of interest-based negotiation and mediation. The overall objectives are to give students familiarity with the processes of interest-based negotiation and mediation, fundamental skills in using them and an understanding of how to apply the skills in practice. The unit is conducted using lectures and experiential exercises to give students an understanding of the theory of negotiation and mediation, and to give them an opportunity to learn and practice the skills of each process.

6 points
Not available in 2023UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an advanced and integrated knowledge of the theories of interest-based negotiation and facilitative mediation; (2) demonstrate the ability to conduct themselves ethically and professionally in a dispute resolution scenario with mock clients; (3) demonstrate the ability to (a) understand causes and dynamics of conflict; (b) identify the utility of different applied techniques in negotiation and mediation; and (c) develop and apply professional skills in conducting negotiation and facilitative mediation as lawyers and as mediators; (4) demonstrate (a) the ability to function in a group setting; (b) critical reflection skills; and (c) working with specific skills in mock negotiation and mediation; and (5) demonstrate an ability to work with autonomy and professionalism.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) daily journal entries and concluding summary; (2) daily participation and preparation; (3) negotiation preparation; (4) mediator's opening statement; (5) mediation skills and participation (preparation and role-playing); and (6) professional conduct. Further information is available in the unit outline.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Jill Howieson
Unit rules
Enrolment in
20820 Juris Doctor
and LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering
and LAWS5109 Dispute Resolution
and 54 points LAWS4102 Criminal Law
, LAWS4103 Contract
, LAWS4104 Property
, LAWS4106 Torts
, LAWS4107 Land Law
, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law and ( LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
or LAWS4110 Interpretation

, LAWS5101 Constitutional Law
, LAWS5103 Equity and Trusts
, LAWS5104 Corporations Law
, LAWS5105 Remedies )
Approved quota: 42—first come-first served basis; priority to final year students.
ONLY students who have completed LAWS5109 Dispute Resolution prior to 2022 will be entitled to take this unit. For all other students, the unit is now incorporated into LAWS5109.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.