HR PROFESSIONALS may soon have access
to a host of new skills after the University of
NSW launched an alternative dispute resolu
tion (ADR) masters program for lawyers and
The launch of the postgraduate program
meets the growing popularity of ADR, as well
as calls from NSW Attorney-General John
Hatzistergos for greater emphasis on ADR
training across the professions.
In the first such program to be launched
by one of Australia’s largest universities, grad
uates of the Master of Dispute Resolution will
receive a qualification in dispute resolution
theory and practice.
Course co-ordinator Dr Rosemary Howell
said the program would help both lawyers and
non-lawyers meet increased demands for
ADR skills, and could be extremely valuable
to HR professionals.
“We often say that a good work relation
ship is an ability to deal well with differences,”
she says. “HR managers are really grappling
with managing the challenges of diversity with
in their businesses.”
The course may also meet business needs
to curb the unproductive and costly nature of
conflict. “Even when there is no litigation, con
flict is costly, it’s distractive, it stops people
working together effectively,” says Howell.