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 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 will cover the dynamics of disputes, the forms of dispute resolution available, litigation, negotiated settlement and mediation, and how to determine the best choice of resolution system for your client. Practical case studies including a dispute resolution in retail financial markets, and low-income litigants and the privatisation of personal insolvency law, will help students to practice and consolidate their learning of the theories.

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


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 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

Course outcomes

  • 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


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

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

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