2015, Here Comes the Sun

The year is almost finished and it is the season for reflection and resolution. Here at the ADR Network, we thought it would be a great time to collect information on forthcoming dispute resolution conferences, meetings and workshops for 2015.

Our plans for this blog are to continue with more regular posts throughout 2015. You will see more from dispute resolution academics and practitioners with high quality, critical perspectives on dispute resolution. We are introducing guest posts to provide an even broader range of views. If you would like to follow the discussion between top Australian ADR scholars on the issues raised in the posts, make sure you read the comments sections. And of course, we welcome your own comments and feedback. If you follow our Twitter and Facebook accounts, you will see even more frequent ADR news from us.

Australasian ADR Events

Dispute Resolution Research Roundtable, Sydney, September 12-13
The ADR Research Network has decided to host our first ever Dispute Resolution Research Roundtable on 12-13 September 2015 at the University of NSW, Sydney. In running this small roundtable we aim to provide a collegiate and supportive environment to enable dispute resolution scholars to receive constructive feedback from other participants. Higher degree by research (including honours, masters and PhD students) are especially encouraged to apply. A limited number of papers will be accepted to allow time for high quality discussion of work presented at the Roundtable. We will provide further information via this blog early in 2015, so please follow this blog/ subscribe.

Aotearoa Conference on Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Auckland, 3-4 Sept
The 2015 Aotearoa Conference on Therapeutic Jurisprudence will be held at the University of Auckland, New Zeland on the 3rd and 4th of September 2015. Therapeutic jurisprudence is an approach which aims to reduces the psychological harm caused by law and increase psychological wellbeing through law. Therapeutic jurisprudence shares with ADR a concerns to address all aspects, including non-legal aspects of a problem. TJ is also expressly multidisciplinary. The call for papers is open until 30 April 2015.

Restorative Practices International Conference, Hobart, 23-25 March
The Restorative Practices International Conference will be of interest for dispute resolution practitioners. There are many commonalities between restorative processes and dispute resolution, especially the importance of understanding the broader context, the commitment self determination and outcomes built through negotiated partnerships. The conference is being held on 23 – 25 March in Hobart, Tasmania. The aim of the conference is to discuss and support the development of restorative practice in schools, prisons, workplaces, organisations, families and communities. The conference theme is building restorative communities – in education, justice, cities, families, faith groups, neighbourhoods, defence and workplaces. The call for papers closed in December however early bird registrations are open until 23 January.

The 2016 National Mediation Conference, Gold Coast, September 2016
Australia’s National Mediation Conference will be held in September 2016 on the Gold Coast, Queensland. http://www.mediationconference.com.au/files/NMC%202016%20Announcement%20slideshow.pdf

ADR Events Further Afield

American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section Spring Conference, 15-18 April , Seattle, Washington
American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section Spring Conference, 15-18 April 2015, Seattle, Washington, USA. The largest conference for dispute resolution professionals in the world. Legal Educators Colloquium is being held on Saturday April 18 from 8.00am-4.00pm where American dispute resolution academics get together to discuss sector approaches.

Mediators Beyond Borders congress, April 23-25 2015, Bucharest, Romania
If you are interested in peace building and mediating large-scale conflict, the Mediators Beyond Borders biennial congress is being held on April 23-25 2015 in Bucharest, Romania. Desmond Tutu is the opening keynote speaker who will appear by video link. The Conference presentations and workshops will focus on the following themes:

Peacebuilding processes and women
Historical conflicts and divisions
Emerging conflicts and tensions
Climate change related conflicts
Opportunities and challenges for conflict transformation through trauma informed peacebuilding and restorative justice practices.

The call for papers has closed and early bird registrations are open until 14 February 2015.

XXXIVth International Congress of Law and Mental Health, Vienna, 12-17 July
XXXIVth International Congress of Law and Mental Health is being held in Vienna, Austria from 12-17 July, 2015. This is a very large biennial conference involving psychologists, psychiatrists and psychotherapists who work in forensic and legal settings. The conference runs a dedicated ‘therapeutic jurisprudence stream which is highly interdisciplinary and international. The call for papers is closed and there is a discount registration rate for students.

Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Conference, October 7-10 in Reno, Nevada, USA
The ACR Conference is on October 7-10 in Reno, Nevada, USA. ACR aims to improve the practice of dispute resolution in the US as well as to enhance public understanding of dispute resolution. This is a large practitioner oriented conference with around 600 attendees and 50 workshops. The call for papers has closed and registrations will open in 2015. Slides from the 2014 conference are available.

ADR Institute of Canada Conference, Calgary, Alberta, 29-30 October
The ADR Institute of Canada is holding its annual national conference in Calgary, Alberta on 29-30 October 2015. The ADR Institute is the professional regulatory body for dispute resolution practitioners in Canada. The conference is practitioner oriented, covering arbitration, mediation and other forms of dispute resolution. If you’d like to get a sense of the conference, the Institute has its own YouTube Chanel where you can watch past conference keynotes.

Are there any other dispute resolution events in 2015 we’ve missed?

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About Associate Professor Becky Batagol

Dr Becky Batagol is an Associate Professor of law at the Faculty of Law, Monash University and at Monash Sustainable Development Institute. She is a researcher and teacher with a focus on family law, family violence, non-adversarial justice, dispute resolution, gender, child protection and constitutional law. Becky is the co-author of Non-Adversarial Justice (2nd ed, 2014), Bargaining in the Shadow of the Law? The Case of Family Mediation (2011) and the author of many academic articles. Becky is the chief-editor of the ADR Research Network blog and tweets regularly under the handle @BeckyBatagol. Becky is the Chief Editor of the Australian Dispute Resolution Research Network blog. In 2017 Becky was the President of the Australian Dispute Resolution Research Network.

1 thought on “2015, Here Comes the Sun

  1. and October looks like being the time for what has been billed as the Second Pound Conference – starting at the Opera House and joining participants in other international venues. Still in the planning stages. Watch this space for more details.


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