Future directions of dispute resolution

The future shape of dispute resolution including the role of the judge and lawyer will be the topic of a major international conference at UNSW (1-2 December).

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Conference convenor, Michael Legg

Federal Attorney General Robert McClelland to open major international conference at UNSW

The future shape of dispute resolution including the role of the judge and lawyer will be the topic of a major international conference at the University of New South Wales next week (1-2 December).

Dispute Resolution in the Next 40 Years – Repertoire or Revolution will be officially launched by Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland. The conference features key-note addresses by Lord Justice Jackson, UK Court of Appeal and the Hon TJ Bathurst, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of NSW.

Dispute Resolution is adapting and developing in response to the demands of Australian society and the global community. A greater range of dispute resolution mechanisms has developed and courts have sought to improve and streamline their procedures.

Yet many questions remain unanswered including: the future role of the judge; matching dispute resolution processes with disputes; the provision of access to justice to multiple claimants through class actions; the role of lawyers in alternative dispute resolution processes; the future options for international dispute resolution; and reform of civil procedure through international comparisons.

Speakers include:

Lord Justice Jackson, Lord Justice of Appeal, UK Court of Appeal

The Hon TJ Bathurst, Chief Justice,Supreme Court of NSW

The Hon James Allsop, President NSW Court of Appeal

The Hon Anna Katzmann, Federal Court of Australia

The Hon Arthur Emmett, Federal Court of Australia

The Hon John Basten, Court of Appeal, NSW

The Hon Patricia Bergin, Supreme Court of NSW

The Hon Ronald Sackville, Court of Appeal, NSW

The Hon Peter McClellan, Supreme Court of NSW

The Hon Sir Anthony Mason, former Chief Justice, High Court of Australia

The conference is hosted by UNSW Law as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations. For more details and a full speakers’ list go to the Faculty of Law website.

What:  Dispute Resolution in the Next 40 Years – Repertoire or Revolution

When: Thursday 1 & Friday 2 December 2011

Where:  Faculty of Law Building UNSW Kensington Campus

Media contact: Steve Offner, UNSW Media Office | 02 9385 8107 | 0424 580 208