New insight into Dispute Resolution Law

Professor David Spencer, Associate Dean of La Trobe University’s Faculty of Law and Management is Australia’s leading writer on the development of the law of dispute resolution in Australia. His eighth book, Principles of Dispute Resolution is his most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the fundamentals of dispute resolution law.

Prof David Spencer Providing an up-to-date commentary on the development of the law arising from the increasing use of dispute resolution in both the law and in business, Principles of Dispute Resolution focuses on the new and amended legislation in both State and federal jurisdictions, along with the developing case law on dispute resolution.

Principles of Dispute Resolution is a clear and concise guide to understanding the principles of dispute resolution which explains the theory, philosophy and practice of dispute resolution in Australia.’ says Prof Spencer.

Principles of Dispute Resolution expertly covers the topics of negotiation, mediation, arbitration as well as other dispute resolution processes such as partnering, dispute review boards and collaborative law. It also explores court annexed dispute resolution, ethics, standards and accreditation, legal issues and online dispute resolution and the future of dispute resolution in a straight-forward, easy to understand manner.’ he adds.

Written simply and succinctly, this text is a valuable guide to help students and practitioners alike understand the fundamentals of dispute resolution law.

Principles of Dispute Resolution is available now through Thomson Reuters and academic book stores.

About Professor David Spencer

Appointed Associate Dean (Academic) of the Faculty of Law and Management in July 2008, Professor David Spencer had previously been Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) for the Faculty of Law Macquarie University. Prior to him entering academia in 1996 David was a lawyer practising commercial law in Sydney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Macquarie University, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney and a Master of Laws (Hons) by research from the University of Technology Sydney. 

David’s previous role as Dispute Resolution Adviser at the Australian Commercial Disputes Centre saw him conducting mediations, facilitations, and consultations to the public and private sectors on the implementation of dispute management and resolution systems. He conducted mediation training for organisations such as the NSW Bar Association, the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Telstra and the NSW Department of Education. In 1995, David attended the 29th Program of Instruction for Lawyers at Harvard University Law School where he studied the art of negotiation from Professor Roger Fisher (the author of Getting to Yes). 

David is on the Editorial Boards of the Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal (Lawbook Co) where he also writes the journal's quarterly case notes, ADR Bulletin (Bond University) and is an author of the Laws of Australia (Lawbook Co). He is also the Series Editor for the Pearson Law Briefs series as well as having written the contract law text contribution to the series.

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