About Dr Becky Batagol

Dr Becky Batagol is a senior lecturer in law at the Faculty of Law, Monash University. In 2017, she is the President of the Australian Dispute Resolution Research Network. 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.

More Perfect Podcast series

Readers of this blog may be interested in The “More Perfect” podcast series and a particular episode on reconciliation and apology. This was brought to our attention by Monash University academic and The Outer Sanctum podcaster extraodinaire, Dr Kate Seear.

The More Perfect podcast series (produced by Radiolab) has just returned for a second season. They examine important cases from the US Supreme Court and the first episode of the new series is about the Dredd Scott case, a case about slavery and citizenship.

It takes a bit of an unexpected turn, though, as it deals with issues about reconciliation and apologies. Readers might  be interested in it from a dispute resolution or non-adversarial justice perspective, just because it raises some interesting questions about how to reconcile past wrongs (and whether this is possible).

The relevant episode is here, and it is called “American Pendulum 2”. It might be useful for teaching, too.

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Application process now open to join the VSBC Mediation Panel 

The Victorian Small Business Commission is now accepting applications for appointments to its Mediation Panel. 
Applicants should have:

· National mediator accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS) by a Recognised Mediator Accreditation Body (RMAB);

· Relevant experience;

· Indicated relevant jurisdictional capability and knowledge;

· Agreed to comply / demonstrated compliance with the administrative requirements of the VSBC; and

· Confirmed their ability to undertake mediation appointments if offered. 

Panel Members will be appointed for a two year duration. The application process is open until midnight Friday 29 September. 

You can find out more at the VSBC website.

Research Participants Wanted Positive post-separation parenting: What works for Australian parents?

 

This post is authored by Dr Kris Natalier and Dr Priscilla Dunk West, Flinders University. Priscilla and Kris study how people make sense of intimate and family relationships. This is research that we believe is important, well-conceived and worth participating in. 

 

Do you have a good relationship with your former partner?

We would like to hear about your experiences, to find out what works in building good relationships between separated parents.

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Photo: Nick Kenrick Creative Commons

We are interested in surveying and interviewing parents – men and women – who are 18 years or older and who have good relationships with their former partners.  We are interested in hearing about how you define ‘good relationships’ and how you build and maintain a good relationship with your former partner and other important people in your life: what works, what’s easy, what’s hard?

The study involves a survey and, if you wish two confidential, one-on-one, in-depth interviews: one where you tell us about your relationship with your former partner and one, around four months later, where you tell us if anything has changed.  We expect the interviews will last approximately one hour. We can interview you on the phone, by Skype, or if you live in Adelaide, in a place that suits you.

If you are interested in completing the survey, you can find it here.

If you are interested in being interviewed, or hearing more about the study please contact Priscilla [Priscilla.dunkwest@flinders.edu.au         08 8 8201 5288] or Kris kris.natalier@flinders.edu.au              08 8201 3391]

The study is conducted by Dr Priscilla Dunk West and Dr Kristin Natalier, researchers at Flinders University. Priscilla and Kris study how people make sense of intimate and family relationships. We are not employed by any service to conduct this study.

Taking part in this study is voluntary. Your decision to participate or not will not impact upon your access to any services or organisations.

To foster workplace collaboration, first manage the conflict: Dr Sam Hardy

This post from In The Black on workplace conflict features and interview with our Dr Sam Hardy.

“When conflict escalates to a point where parties are not communicating with each other, and worse – when they start talking very negatively to colleagues and friends about the other person, the situation becomes unproductive for the people in conflict and those around them,” says Samantha Hardy, principal at Conflict Coaching International and an expert on conflict management and resolution.

Read more in the 1 August piece.

Academic job opportunity in dispute resolution: Monash University

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My law faculty at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) is currently recruiting for an Associate Professor or Senior Lecturer that would suit senior academics working in the dispute resolution field. The job advertisement reads

The Faculty of Law seeks to appoint high performing academics who have expertise within the Legal Profession and Practice disciplines such as legal ethics, clinical legal education, family law, disruptive legal practice, AI in the law, litigation & dispute resolution, justice system innovation and law firm leadership to contribute to the Faculty’s teaching and engagement in these areas. These positions would be suited to applicants who have a passion and focus on innovative legal education practices and an understanding of what makes a work ready graduate.

Applications close 1 August. Full ad is here.

Call for Abstracts: Monash Courts and Tribunals Research Roundtable

The Australian Centre for Justice Innovation at Monash University is pleased to host the Monash Courts and Tribunal Research Roundtable on 18 September. The Roundtable will focus on empirical civil justice research on courts and tribunals, and will be held at Monash University Law Chambers in the Melbourne CBD.

Topics of interest may include (but are not limited to):

  • examining civil justice activity in courts and tribunals
  • evaluating law reforms or innovations in case management, and
  • research methods, techniques and challenges in court and tribunal settings.

The roundtable will be an opportunity for researchers and policy makers in this field to share insights, practices and findings in connection with empirical civil justice research in court and tribunal settings. Works in progress are appropriate.  Early career and PhD researchers are particularly welcome, and bursaries to fund attendance will be offered to up to three early-career or PhD participants.

Abstract submission

Please send the title of your presentation and a short abstract (up to 250 words) by 21 July to ellen.hays@monash.edu.

You can view the PDF version of the Call for Abstracts here.

 

Responding to the litigant in person challenge: Where to from here?

Additionally, ACJI has an interesting event relating to civil justice which ADR Research Network blog subscribers in Melbourne may be interested in … 
Presented by Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin and Justice Kevin Bell AM

The Australian Centre for Justice Innovation is delighted to host a public lecture about future directions for policy and practice regarding self-represented litigants.

The rise of self-represented litigants has been recognised as a phenomenon across the common law world. The last decade has seen increasing attention given to the issue by policy makers, researchers, lawyers and the judiciary. This discussion will consider the evidence base and responses developed to date and ask, “where should we go from here”? This question will be considered in terms of future directions for research, policy, and practice, with particular reference to Justice Bell’s decision in Matsoukatidou v Yarra Ranges Council [2017] VSC 61.

Date: Tuesday 19 September 2017
Time: 5:30-7pm
Venue: Monash Law Chambers,
555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Registrations for this event will open in August.

Asia Pacific Mediation Forum: Call for Papers

8th Asia Pacific Mediation Forum conference in Vietnam, November 2017

The 8th Asia Pacific Mediation Forum (APMF) three-day conference will be held in Da Nang, Vietnam from 11th to 13th November 2017.

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Dragon or Budha? Photo credit Syromania, Creative Commons

The conference will be convened by Thomas G. Giglione and a Conference Organising Committee in cooperation with the Asia Pacific Mediation Forum, an international organization which aims to promote effective ways to bring peace and cross-cultural understanding to the Asia Pacific region by holding bi-annual conferences in different countries in the region.

The call for papers is now open.

Topics to be covered include the approaches to and management of conflicts and disputes in courts, families, communities, workplaces, education and human resource management, e-commerce and online dispute resolution, cross-cultural dispute resolution, environmental conflicts and land disputes.

To register for this conference or to submit a proposal to present a paper, poster or workshop, please visit the conference website: https://apmf2017.mediation.vn

Early bird registration of USD$286 is available until July 31st 2017 and will then increase to USD $386.

 

About the Asia Pacific Mediation Forum

The Asia-Pacific Mediation Forum (APMF) was formed in 2001. It is a not-for-profit regional association of individuals, organizations, and institutions interested in promoting peace through mediation and other dispute resolution processes wherever conflicts threaten the well-being of individuals, organizations, communities and local, state or national governments in the region. The main objective of the APMF is to facilitate the exchange and development of knowledge, values, and skills of mediation and other dispute resolution processes, in any form, including intercultural, interpersonal, inter-institutional and international, within and between the diverse countries and cultures in the Asia-Pacific region. To fulfill this objective, conferences are held in the region every two years, with a different country taking responsibility for hosting each conference. To date, successful conferences have been held in Australia, Singapore, Fiji, Malaysia, Thailand, The Philippines and Indonesia. For more information about the APMF go to http://www.asiapacificmediationforum.org

  

Contact

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Email: support@mediation.vn / thomas@mediation.vn

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