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Postgraduate Course: Dispute Resolution Methods (LAWS11270)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will offer a unique and practical introduction to dispute resolution methods and will equip students with both theoretical and practical understandings of a topic of growing domestic and international significance.

In an increasingly globalised world resorting to courts is not always experienced as a fast and effective way of resolving disputes. The parties may wish to maintain a good working relationship over many years to come, or they may simply not want to commit to a potentially costly, time and resource intensive litigation process with an uncertain outcome. Even more so, if their counterparty is based abroad, the questions of international jurisdiction and enforcement arise and add another layer of difficulty. Alternatively they may be interested in long term projects to preserve cash-flow by finding a fast resolution, even if interim.

In response to the need for cost-efficient, timely and appropriate dispute resolution, several methods have been developed taking proceedings outside the usual setting of the courtroom. Parties and their advisers ought to be aware of the array of dispute resolution mechanisms, their potential application and features in order to be able to select the tool best suited to their needs. Certain industries, such as the construction industry, use tools, specifically developed to cater for the particularities and needs of the industry. Online dispute resolution has been developed both for the unique online setting but also to aid a speedy and cheap resolution of off-line disputes.

This course offers an introduction to a range of dispute resolution mechanisms, their potential application and features and their domestic and international legal framework.
Course description Week 1: Introduction to dispute resolution methods
Week 2: Arbitration I: the arbitration proceedings
Week 3: Arbitration II: finality of awards and recognition & enforcement of awards
Week 4: Adjudication - construction adjudication
Week 5: Co-operation, conflict and mediation
Week 6: Expert determination
Week 7: Mixed/hybrid and other non-mediation ADR processes
Week 8: Online dispute resolution I: e-commerce and online ODR
Week 9: Online dispute resolution II: Computer assisted ODR - solving offline disputes online??
Week 10: Escalation clauses (multi-tier dispute resolution clauses)

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Please contact the online learning team at
Additional Costs Students should have regular and reliable access to the Internet.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One essay of up to 4,000 words (80%) and one multiple choice test (20%).

Requirements for all module assessments will be outlined to students at the start of each semester.
Feedback Students will have the opportunity to obtain formative feedback over the course of the semester. The feedback provided will assist students in their preparation for the summative assessment.

Details of the School's feedback policy will be available at the start of the course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. A sound understanding of the domestic and international legal instruments used to regulate and deliver dispute resolution.
  2. A firm substantive and practical understanding of dispute resolution methods.
  3. Developed written and oral skills, including the clear succinct expression of ideas.
  4. Developed research skills and techniques in the field of international arbitration.
Reading List
A detailed list of key resources will be available at the start of the course.
There is no set textbook for the course. Instead the reading consists of cases, articles and book chapters available online.
Additional Information
Course URL
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will develop their skills and abilities in:

1. Research and enquiry, through e.g. selecting and deploying appropriate research techniques;
2. Personal and intellectual autonomy, e.g. developing the ability to independently assess the relevance and importance of primary and secondary sources;
3. Communication, e.g. skills in summarising and communicating information and ideas effectively in written form;
4. Personal effectiveness, e.g. working constructively as a member of an online community;
5. Students will also develop their technical/practical skills, throughout the course, e.g. in articulating, evidencing and sustaining a line of argument, and engaging in a convincing critique of another's arguments.
Special Arrangements This course is taught by online learning.
Additional Class Delivery Information This course is taught by online learning.
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Course organiserDr Simone Lamont-Black
Tel: (0131 6)50 2060
Course secretaryMs Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 9704
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