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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 - Hobart
    • Days 1 - 3
      November 20, 2019 - November 22, 2019
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    • Days 4 - 5
      November 25, 2019 - November 26, 2019
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    About the ADC Mediation Course An ADR industry leader, ADC has been at the forefront of providing mediation training courses since 1986. Recognised nationally and…

  • Conflict Resolution & ADR - Hobart
    • November 20, 2019
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Ever wished you could manage conflict better? Better still, even avoid it before it begins? Conflict happens in all organisations and communities. Discover how to minimise…

  • Beyond Googlies & Cricket: India and Australia Trade, Investment, and Successful Dispute Resolution
    • Commencing 4.15pm AEDT - Australian and Indian Times Zones Apply
      November 20, 2019
      4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

    City Hosts Register below for your city Brisbane At 4:15pm AEST Level Twenty Seven Chambers Level 27, 239 George St, Brisbane Sydney (Now at HWL)…

  • Mediation Refresher Training - Hobart
    • One day Mediation Refresher Training
      November 25, 2019
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    • One day Mediation Refresher Training
      November 26, 2019
      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 Training - Sydney
    • Days 1 - 3
      November 27, 2019 - November 29, 2019
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    • Days 4 - 5
      December 2, 2019 - December 3, 2019
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    About the ADC Mediation Course An ADR industry leader, ADC has been at the forefront of providing mediation training courses since 1986. Recognised nationally and…

  • Mediation Accreditation Day - Hobart
    • November 27, 2019
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Mediation course participants seeking formal recognition of their skills are eligible to enrol in ADC’s accreditation program. ADC’s Mediation Training meets the requirements set out…

  • Conflict Resolution & ADR - Sydney
    • November 27, 2019
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Ever wished you could manage conflict better? Better still, even avoid it before it begins? Conflict happens in all organisations and communities. Discover how to minimise…

  • Mediation Refresher Training - Sydney
    • One day Mediation Refresher Training
      December 2, 2019
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    • One day Mediation Refresher Training
      December 3, 2019
      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
    • December 4, 2019
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Mediation course participants seeking formal recognition of their skills are eligible to enrol in ADC’s accreditation program. ADC’s Mediation Training meets the requirements set out…

  • Mediation Training - Melbourne
    • Days 1 - 3
      December 11, 2019 - December 13, 2019
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    • Days 4 - 5
      December 16, 2019 - December 17, 2019
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

      About the ADC Mediation Course An ADR industry leader, ADC has been at the forefront of providing mediation training courses since 1986. Recognised nationally…

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