University of Aberdeen: Dispute Resolution

InstitutionUniversity of Aberdeen View institution profile
Department School of Law
Telephone 01224 272090
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Unlike many other programmes on dispute resolution, this programme does not seek to combine a substantive subject with dispute processes; it focuses only on those methods best placed to resolve disputes. It is dedicated to dispute resolution methodology. The non-court dispute resolution industry is vibrant and growing as organisations and individuals seek to resolve their disputes outside the often adversarial, public, slow and expensive litigation process.

The programme is fully online with the exception of Advanced Mediation Practice. Students taking this course require to attend the university in Aberdeen for a three day period in late March. This is an online programme for professionals who wish to enhance their non-court dispute resolution skills. The learning pace is flexible, allowing you to choose each semester how many courses you wish to take. You can study full time over 12 months or part time taking up to 36 months. The courses provide a comprehensive grounding in essential dispute resolution techniques and theories.

The quality of the programme is evidenced by its recognition by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb): certain courses may exempt you from CIArb’s Membership or Fellowship examinations.

The negotiation course will help anyone who has to negotiate disputes on behalf of a client, for themselves or for an employer. The mediation courses will equip those who wish to become mediators (or who refer clients to mediation services) with the skills and techniques to do so. Employers and managers often find that mediation techniques help them to better handle staff disagreements and difficult discussions.

Arbitration, whether domestic or international, is an important option, especially in commercial cases. Although it is an adjudicative process, leading to a binding decision, it differs significantly from litigation; in its flexibility, its use of decision-maker expertise and its confidentiality. This programme highlights those differences, enabling students to learn how to prepare for arbitration hearings, how to present cases in an arbitral tribunal and even how, as an arbitrator, to take case through to a decision. The programme is structured to allow you to tailor your study across the disciplines depending on your learning needs, ensuring you focus on the aspects of dispute resolution most relevant to you.

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