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ADC First Nations’ Panel Launch

Innovation in Cross-cultural Dispute Resolution The ADC’s First Nations Panel was launched in Sydney on 10 August 2018. In celebration of the new Panel, we were honoured by the Welcome to Country extended by Nathan Moran, CEO, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council. To mark the Panel’s launch and its significance, Aboriginal Elder and a Board Member of Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council, Graham Davis-King, also generously extended his congratulations and engaged attendees in song and ceremony. Mr Moran later presented [...]

ADC First Nations’ Panel Launch2019-09-21T11:34:02+10:00

Dispute resolution and civil justice – thriving through innovation

Professor Peta Spender, Deputy Dean of ANU Law School Statistically, more people will go to their health or welfare advisers than a private lawyer for legal advice.1 As Professor Peta Spender, Deputy Dean of ANU Law School, pointed out in her presentation at ADC’s Innovate, Mediate and Thrive! Symposium, this certainly raises doubts about the accessibility of the civil justice system currently. Highlighting a number of key innovations in the civil ADR space, Professor Spender’s presentation left no doubts as [...]

Dispute resolution and civil justice – thriving through innovation2019-09-21T11:34:02+10:00

The Australian Disputes Centre Announces First Nations’ Mediation Panel

  The Australian Disputes Centre announces the launch of its First Nations’ Mediation Panel. “This Panel of specialist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dispute resolvers builds on ADC’s work within the community and brings additional focus and resources to the significant opportunities for culturally appropriate dispute resolution” says CEO, Deborah Lockhart. In assisting disputing parties to resolve their issues, the Australian Disputes Centre has been appointing arbitrators, mediators and experts from its independent Panels over many decades, and more recently [...]

The Australian Disputes Centre Announces First Nations’ Mediation Panel2019-09-21T11:34:03+10:00

Global Pound Conference

The Global Data Trends and Regional Differences preliminary report from the Global Pound Conference (GPC) Series has something to say about Australia: it’s ripe for an alternative dispute resolution revolution. The report drew input from a global cast of stakeholders in international dispute resolution. In the aggregate, its results were not surprising, highlighting a global focus on efficiency, collaboration, and pre-dispute and mixed-mode dispute resolution protocols. Within the report, Oceania, consisting of Australia and New Zealand, stood out. The report [...]

Global Pound Conference2019-09-21T11:34:03+10:00

60th Anniversary of the New York Convention

Back to the Future of Cross-Border Contracts: What 60 years of the New York Convention means for the commerce of today and the conflicts of tomorrow. The New York Convention is a global instrument, but its effects are felt on a local level, and its scope of operation is defined by the flows of international trade. ACICA’s Symposium on Underwriting Cross-Border Contracts, celebrated the New York Convention’s 60th birthday by addressing the domestic and international role of the Convention. The [...]

60th Anniversary of the New York Convention2019-09-21T11:34:03+10:00

VALE – Sir Laurence Street

  Dear Friends and Colleagues, I would like to add the voice of the Australian Disputes Centre to the many tributes made to Sir Laurence Street over the past week. After a stellar legal career, Sir Laurence opted to use his knowledge of the law, his connections and his authority to help the early years of ADR in this country. What is now a commonplace approach to the management of commercial disputes, was at the time regarded as revolutionary, and [...]

VALE – Sir Laurence Street2019-09-21T11:34:03+10:00

Reasonableness – a fundamental aspect of a lawyers’ duty to the court and the administration of justice.

The Hon. Justice Robert McClelland 8 February 2018 Firstly I’d like to begin by acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet today. I would also like to pay my respects to Elders past and present. Secondly, I would like to thank the ADC for inviting me to speak here today on the topic of reasonableness and how reasonableness is a fundamental aspect of a lawyers’ duty to the court and the administration of justice. Speaking at [...]

Reasonableness – a fundamental aspect of a lawyers’ duty to the court and the administration of justice.2019-09-21T11:34:03+10:00

ADR Address 2018: Alternative Dispute Resolution – A Misnomer?

The Hon. Chief Justice Wayne Martin I am greatly honoured to have been invited to give the inaugural annual ADR address, which I understand is to be presented annually by the Australian Disputes Centre. I thank Deborah Lockhart, the CEO of the Centre, and her team, for the considerable effort that they have put into the organisation of this event. The national approach and operation of the Centre is evident in its choice of Perth as the venue for this [...]

ADR Address 2018: Alternative Dispute Resolution – A Misnomer?2019-09-21T11:34:03+10:00

The use of expert conclaves

By Vicky Ioannides  (Business Development Director, DTI) and Leopold Lucas (Business Development Representative, DTI) Joint conferences, or expert conclaves, are increasingly being used to ensure the “just, quick and cheap resolution of disputes” in accordance with the Civil Procedures Act 2010. These reports are often integral to the success or failure of a trial. The basis of the process is to gather together all the experts in one place and allow them to discuss the matters for consideration prior to the [...]

The use of expert conclaves2019-09-21T11:34:05+10:00

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      November 28, 2020 - November 29, 2020
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      December 5, 2020
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    This one day programme is intended for candidates preparing for accreditation or re-accreditation, mediators seeking to complete their CPD requirements and those seeking an opportunity…

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      December 6, 2020
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    Essential Accreditation/s for today’s Mediators  ADC’s ‘Online Mediation Accreditation’ Industry Approved Pathway to Australian National Mediation Accreditation (NMAS) Internationally Approved by the Chartered Institute of…

  • 35th Anniversary Mediation Course - January 2021
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      January 13, 2021 - January 15, 2021
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      January 18, 2021 - January 19, 2021
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    Mediator Accreditation ADC’s trained mediators, seeking recognition under the Australian National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS), may undertake its 1-day Accreditation program. Please register separately for the Accreditation…

  • Online - Conflict Resolution & ADR
    • Conflict Resolution & ADR Training
      January 13, 2021
      9:30 am - 4:30 pm

    Have you ever thought ‘I could have managed that conflict situation better’? Or even better still, avoided it before it began! Conflict can occur in any contractual and personal…

  • Mediation Refresher Training - Online
    • One day Mediation Refresher Training
      January 18, 2021
      9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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      January 19, 2021
      9:30 am - 4:30 pm

    This one day programme is intended for candidates preparing for accreditation or re-accreditation, mediators seeking to complete their CPD requirements and those seeking an opportunity…

  • Online Mediation Accreditation Day
    • Online Mediation Accreditation Day
      January 20, 2021
      9:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Essential Accreditation/s for today’s Mediators  ADC’s ‘Online Mediation Accreditation’ Industry Approved Pathway to Australian National Mediation Accreditation (NMAS) Internationally Approved by the Chartered Institute of…

  • 35th Anniversary Mediation Course #2 - January 2021
    • Days 1 - 3
      January 20, 2021 - January 22, 2021
      9:30 am - 4:30 pm
    • Days 4 - 5
      January 27, 2021 - January 28, 2021
      9:30 am - 4:30 pm

    Mediator Accreditation ADC’s trained mediators, seeking recognition under the Australian National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS), may undertake its 1-day Accreditation program. Please register separately for the Accreditation…

  • Online - Conflict Resolution & ADR
    • Conflict Resolution & ADR Training
      January 20, 2021
      9:30 am - 4:30 pm

    Have you ever thought ‘I could have managed that conflict situation better’? Or even better still, avoided it before it began! Conflict can occur in any contractual and personal…

  • Mediation Refresher Training - Online
    • One day Mediation Refresher Training
      January 27, 2021
      9:30 am - 4:30 pm
    • One day Mediation Refresher Training
      January 28, 2021
      9:30 am - 4:30 pm

    This one day programme is intended for candidates preparing for accreditation or re-accreditation, mediators seeking to complete their CPD requirements and those seeking an opportunity…