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The Honourable Robert French AC
The Honourable Robert French ACPatron
Robert Shenton French AC served as the twelfth Chief Justice of Australia from 2008 to 2017. Mr French was born in Perth, Western Australia and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1972. He was appointed to the Federal Court in 1986, serving as a justice on that court until his elevation to the High Court on 1 September 2008. In July 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd named Mr French as Chief Justice, becoming the first Chief Justice from Western Australia.

Mr French has held a long standing interest in ADR processes. As a Judge of the Federal Court Justice French was passionate about the use of court-annexed mediation as a way of encouraging more, and earlier settlements or at least narrowing the issues in dispute. He was also interested in the use of serving judges as mediators in Court Proceedings on the basis that a mediating judge would not have anything to do with hearing the case if mediation did not effect a settlement. It was these key areas of interest that drew him to his patronage of the Australia Disputes Centre in late 2017. Since that time, Mr French has been keenly involved in the important work of the ADC in advancing the uptake and best-practice of ADR.

Upcoming Events

  • Mediation Training - Adelaide
    • Days 1 - 3
      February 26, 2020 - February 28, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    • Days 4 - 5
      March 2, 2020 - March 3, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

      Multidisciplinary Participation ADC’s mediation training is suitable for participants from a broad range of professions and sectors including: business; government; law; tertiary academics and…

  • Conflict Resolution & ADR - Adelaide
    • February 26, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 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 - Adelaide
    • One day Mediation Refresher Training
      March 2, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    • One day Mediation Refresher Training
      March 3, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 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…

  • Mediation Accreditation Day - Adelaide
    • March 4, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Industry Approved Pathway to Australian National Mediation Accreditation Internationally approved by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 1-Day Accreditation Program ADC’s 5-day mediation course participants who…

  • Mediation Training - Sydney
    • Days 1 - 3
      March 4, 2020 - March 6, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    • Days 4 - 5
      March 9, 2020 - March 10, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Your Mediation Training: choose the ADC difference How do you become a nationally accredited mediator, a more effective negotiator, a ‘mediation-skilled’ legal adviser, a more effective…

  • Conflict Resolution & ADR - Sydney
    • March 4, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 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 - Sydney
    • One day Mediation Refresher Training
      March 9, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    • One day Mediation Refresher Training
      March 10, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 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…

  • Mediation Accreditation Day - Sydney
    • March 11, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Industry Approved Pathway to Australian National Mediation Accreditation Internationally approved by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 1-Day Accreditation Program ADC’s 5-day mediation course participants who…

  • Dispute Resolution and the Abrahamic Faiths
    • Commencing 5.45pm AEDT - State & Territory Time Zones Apply
      March 19, 2020
      5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Mediating in the Headlights of Litigation and Arbitration
    • 1 Day - Commercial Mediation Masterclass & Networking Cocktail Party (Eligible for 8+ CPD Points)
      March 25, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    • All 3 Days - Advanced Commercial Mediation Accreditation (Eligible for 25+ CPD Points)
      March 25, 2020 - March 27, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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