|Prerequisites for Module|
None in addition to SCQF 11 entry requirement or equivalent.
Aims of Module
To enable students to understand the main methods of dispute resolution available. To provide students with an understanding of the principal factors relevant to making a choice of dispute resolution method. To impart an understanding of the importance of negotiation as a key non-formal method of dispute resolution. To allow students to understand the essentials of more formal methods of dispute resolution in the UK, such as mediation and arbitration, and to contrast these with litigation. To describe some of the main pitfalls in the resolution of a dispute with an international dimension and to develop an understanding of the essentials of drafting an effective dispute resolution clause in a contract.
Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
Indicative Module Content
Types of dispute; choice of resolution method; importance of negotiation; theories and approaches to negotiation; practical negotiation tips; forms of mediation; the procedure in a typical mediation; legal issues in mediation; advantages and disadvantages of mediation over arbitration and litigation; the statutory framework for arbitration in the UK; issues of jurisdiction and basic arbitral procedure; advantages and disadvantages of arbitration over mediation and litigation; basic cross-border dispute resolution issues such as choice of law and jurisdiction; drafting a good dispute resolution clause.
Indicative Student Workload
Mode of Delivery
Seminars, problem solving, case studies, presentations and role play
practical exercise/role play
In addition to the texts in the indicative bibliography, the student will be required to purchase the course materials.