Advanced Negotiation and Mediation

  • Summer schools
  • Department of Law
  • Application code SS-LL300
  • Starting 2022
  • Short course: Open
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

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 course also considers adjudicative forms of dispute resolution (litigation and arbitration), and discusses how these relate to mediation and negotiation.

The focus of the course, which draws on insights from a range of academic disciplines including law, anthropology, psychology and economics, is on contemporary dispute resolution theories across a range of settings, including community, commercial, and retail/consumer. An important feature of the course is the way in which it examines the interface between theory and practice. The course aims to assist students in using theories of dispute resolution to understand and address contemporary debates as to how various methods should be used to settle claims in different contexts.

The course will cover the dynamics of disputes, the forms of dispute resolution available - litigation, arbitration, negotiated settlement, and mediation - and how to determine the best choice of resolution system for your client.

Practical case studies, across a range of different sectors and legal practice areas, will help students to practice, apply, and consolidate their learning of theory. The course will also help students to evaluate dispute resolution mechanisms from a public policy perspective, and so will appeal to students working across a wide range of areas.

Session: Two
Dates: 11 July - 29 July 2022
Lecturer: Dr Joseph Spooner 


Programme details

Key facts

Level: 300 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees:  Please see Fees and payments

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: One examination and one essay

Typical credit**: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

*Assessment is optional

**You will need to check with your home institution

For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment


Introduction to legal methods or equivalent.

Programme structure

  • The dynamics of disputes: What do you need to know to understand a dispute?

  • What forms of dispute resolution are available and how can they be distinguished?

  • Litigation, the trial, and shifts towards negotiated settlement and mediation

  • Negotiating risk: How to determine the best choice of resolution system for your client

  • Theories of negotiation and operationalising theory – getting to yes

  • Mediation: form, anatomy, and critique

  • Arbitration and its relationship with court litigation

  • Case studies on dispute resolution

Course outcomes

  • Critically evaluate on-going developments in academic and policy 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 dispute resolution


LSE’s Law Department is one of the world’s best. In the UK, it was ranked first for research outputs in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) and in the top 5 law departments overall by The Complete University Guide in 2018. In the 2017 QS World University rankings, the Department was ranked seventh (out of 200 departments worldwide).

Many important subjects were first taught and examined systematically from an academic perspective in LSE’s Department of Law. We pioneered the study of banking law, taxation law, civil litigation, company law, labour law, family law, aspects of welfare law, and studies of the legal system and the legal profession, and continue to be the leading thinkers in our field.

On this three-week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE’s law faculty.

Reading materials

A sample of course reading materials includes:

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;

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

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