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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2059: Alternative Dispute Resolution

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Sue Prince (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes in the civil justice system has grown rapidly since the introduction of the Civil Procedure Rules 1998. This is because it is recognised that litigation is often not the most appropriate method of resolving disputes and there are advantages to litigants to consider other means by which to resolve disputes. This module will explore alternative methods to the adversarial legal system of resolving disputes, especially mediation within the civil justice system and in other wider contexts, as well as considering the use of ADR in criminal law (restorative justice). You will be introduced to the concepts and theories underpinning ADR processes, and to practical issues in using and applying ADR methods both within and outside the courts.

Module created

March 2012

Last revised