This course introduces students to a range of issues surrounding the dynamics of disputes and to the advanced models of negotiation and mediation designed to aid in their resolution. The focus of the course, which draws on insights from a range of academic disciplines including law, anthropology, psychology and economics, is on looking at contemporary dispute resolution theories across a range of settings. An important feature of the course is the way in which it examines the interface between theory and practice.
The course syllabus includes:
The evolution of disputes
Third party roles in dispute resolution
Negotiation models and tactics
The uses of negotiation and ‘Getting to yes’
Evaluative, facilitative, transformative and transactional models of mediation
Mediation and negotiation role play.
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
Critically evaluate on-going developments in academic debates relating to alternative dispute resolution
Discuss the socio-legal dynamics of disputes and the reasons why people embark on and pursue grievances
Understand the distinctions between different types of dispute resolution processes
Appreciate how negotiation and mediation theories offer insights to the analysis and resolution of disputes
Explain how negotiation and mediation theories can be used in practical situations
Demonstrate improved personal skills through exposure to the everyday dynamics of negotiation and mediation.
World-class LSE teaching
LSE Law has excelled once again in the UK's nationwide assessment of research quality, impact and environment. The Research Excellence Framework results published in December 2014 show that LSE Law is the UK's number one law school for legal research.
The 2015 QS World University faculty rankings for Law also place the LSE in the world's top ten for the subject, making it London's best Law School.
On this three week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE’s law faculty. LL300 course lecturer, Professor Linda Mulcahy, teaches on a number of our undergraduate and graduate law modules, including The Theory and Practice of Dispute Resolution, Socio-Legal Theory and Practice, and Advanced Mediation.
Students are asked to buy a copy of the following books in advance of the course:
Henry Brown and Arthur Marriot, (2012) ADR: Principles and Practice, London: Sweet and Maxwell;
Genn, Hazel, (2009) Judging Civil Justice (The Hamlyn Lectures) Cambridge, Cambridge University Press and
Roger Fisher and William Ury (2012) Getting to Yes: Negotiating an Agreement Without Giving In, Random House.
The course readings also include journal articles and working papers, almost all of which can be accessed electronically. A course pack of key articles is provided.
*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme
**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice