LEGAL306-20D (HAM)

Dispute Resolution

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
Te Piringa - Faculty of Law


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Paper Description

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An introduction to current and developing dispute resolution techniques. Students are exposed to the theory, general principles and practical dimensions and application of client interviewing, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, advocacy, adjudication and witness examination.
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Paper Structure

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This is a full year course. The teaching component comprises one (1) two hour lecture per week in Semester A and B. In addition there will be six weeks, commencing in Week 2 of Semester A, in which students must attend the two hour allocated workshop. The weeks of the workshops are:

Workshop 1: Advocacy - week starting Monday 9 March 2020

Workshop 2: Advocacy - week starting Monday 16 March 2020

Workshop 3: Negotiation - week starting Monday 30 March 2020

Workshop 4: Negotiation - week starting Monday 6 April 2020

TUTORIAL : Tutorial - week starting Monday 27 July 2020 - on Mediation

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate and instruct a mock client on some of the wide range of processes available to resolve legal disputes;
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  • Demonstrate an understanding of the practical skills in client interviewing, negotiation and advocacy;
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  • Assess and problem solve in a practical legal context;
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  • Show an understanding of the theoretical dimensions of dispute resolution processes;
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  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Maori dispute resolution processes.
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  • Practically demonstrate an understanding of the application of dispute resolution process in legal practice
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For the practical assessments of Client Interviewing, Negotiation and Advocacy, students must sign up prior to the commencement of the particular assessment. Students who do not sign up by the required date may forfeit their mark for that assessment. Sign up instructions will be provided at the lecture and by notice uploaded to Moodle.

If you wish to record any of the above practical assessments, you may do so by bringing your own recording device provided you obtain the consent of the other students participating in the assessment. For the purposes of a review of mark, you must be able to provide evidence as to the time, date and place of the recording you are submitting. It will not be possible to conduct a review of any practical assessment unless it has been recorded and such evidence is provided.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. ADVOCACY (mooting)
  • Hand-in: Assignment Box (Law Reception)
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. ONLINE TEST - Mediation
18 Aug 2020
4:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
13 Oct 2020
3:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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All law students are required to purchase, for use in all law papers, a copy of Coppard, McLay, Murray and Orpin-Dowell, New Zealand Law Style Guide, 3rd edition, Thomson Reuters (2018). This is available from Bennetts, at an approximate price of $37 including GST.

NB The New Zealand Law Style Guide has launched a blog which you can visit here: The blog is run by the Style Guide’s editorial team. It aims to provide posts that are helpful for Style Guide users. It will include news and updates as well as clarifications, corrections and examples. The blog includes a form to submit for topics and questions. Access to the Style Guide is available through the link via the contents page and/or the index.

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Recommended Readings

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NB There are no required readings for this course, but the below highly recommended readings will help you gain a significant edge in your practical assessments and end of year test, should you choose to read them. The bolded reading (Getting to Yes) has been particularly helpful to previous national and international competition winners in Negotiation, so if you are struggling with that topic, please consider picking this book up.

Highly Recommended Reading

  1. Peter Spiller (ed) Dispute Resolution in New Zealand (2nd ed)(Oxford University Press, Auckland, 2007)
  2. Ray Fells Effective Negotiation from research to results (3rd ed Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 2016)
  3. L Boulle, V. Goldblatt & P. Green Mediation Skills and Strategies (LexisNexis, Wellington, 2015)
  4. Fisher, R. Ury, W. & Patton, B. Getting to Yes: Negotiating an agreement without giving in (3rd ed) (Penguin Group, USA, 2011)
  5. Sir Bruce Robertson (Ed) Introduction to Advocacy (3rd ed New Zealand Law Society, Wellington, 2014)
  6. Phillip Green (ed) Green & Hunt on Arbitration Law & Practice (looseleaf ed)(Thomson Brookers, Wellington, 2006)
  7. Arbitration Act 1996

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Other Resources

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Other resources are provided via Moodle and handouts.
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Online Support

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Online support for this paper is provided via Moodle.

If you require assistance with Moodle, or encounter any problems, please contact the Help Desk. You can send a message to Help Desk by using the instant message service in your paper (from the participants list within the People block). Alternatively, you can email them directly at or call 838 4008.

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Students should expect to spend 150 hours in total on this paper. In addition to lecture and workshop attendance, significant time will need to be spent on background and complementary reading. Students should allow for periods of more-focused preparation and practice time prior to undergoing the practical assessments and test.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Pre-requisite for LAWS.449 – Mediation: Law Principles and Practice

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Restricted papers: LAWS306

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