Resistance to the teaching of ADR in the legal academy

Collins, Pauline (2015) Resistance to the teaching of ADR in the legal academy. Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 26 (2). pp. 64-74. ISSN 1441-7847


The use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms are now obliged in some cases and encouraged in others by legislation. Despite this, courses in ADR are not part of the Priestley 11 nor offered in most Australian law degrees other than as elective courses. The 2014 Productivity Commission Report on access to justice arrangements strongly advocates for a redressing of this situation. This article considers possible reasons why the legal academy has been slow to bring law curricula in line with the acknowledged practical realities of a law practice, and documents academic resistance to change as one likely obstacle.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice
Date Deposited: 04 May 2016 05:50
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2016 02:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: ADR, legal education; Priestly
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180121 Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1899 Other Law and Legal Studies > 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified

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