This course embraces a wide range of public, private and domestic issues relevant to the prevention and resolution of conflicts and disputes, including the roles of laws, decisions, risks and justice. The course includes (but is not restricted to) negotiation and arbitration, and also the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes such as mediation and conciliation.
You will be able to mix with students on other Masters courses at Westminster Law School. Classes are usually small, allowing for an interactive approach to learning. The course combines academic and practical approaches to teaching and learning.
The course aims to provide an opportunity for in-depth study of the issues and the practices involved in the field of conflict prevention and dispute resolution, including the mechanisms of prevention, emergence, avoidance, management, resolution and regulation.
The course content is not explicitly concerned with 'peace studies', but the processes of prevention and the processes of resolution embrace the concepts of securing and maintaining peaceful cooperation.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
Core modules -PERSPECTIVES ON CONFLICTS AND DISPUTES -POSTGRADUATE DISSERTATION -RESEARCH THEORY AND PRACTICE
Option modules -CONFLICT RESOLUTION: NEGOTIATION -INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION -INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW -INTERNATIONAL LAW AND DEVELOPMENT -MEDIATION: CONCEPTS, EVOLUTION AND PRACTICE -NEGOTIATION: THEORY, CONTEXTS AND PRACTICE -RESTORATIVE JUSTICE: CULTURES, INTEGRATION AND LAW
This course is designed to benefit a wide range of individuals, including graduates progressing towards a PhD programme, practising lawyers wanting to further their knowledge and skills, other graduates and practitioners (such as arbitrators, civil servants, insurers, journalists, judges, linguists and mediators), and anyone managing people and risks. The course is also ideal if you are on a gap year between career stages, and for those from the European Union and other countries who want to improve their English for personal and career purposes.