Civil Dispute Resolution

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Essex Law School
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
02 July 2024


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Module description

Are there alternatives to going to court? How can parties to a dispute settle their issues without the expense of a lengthy court battle? In this module we will introduce students to the theoretical, practical and ethical aspects of Civil Dispute Resolution as they apply in England and Wales. The module focuses on key aspects of dispute resolution in the civil law field and covers diverse topics, such as the merits of bringing a claim, negotiating with clients, alternative forms of dispute resolution including mediation, negotiation, and arbitration, ethical considerations, as well as the key practical issues that arise when bringing or defending a civil claim.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To introduce students to key theoretical and practical aspects of civil dispute resolution in England and Wales.

  • To provide students with the opportunity to practise the skills relevant to the conduct of civil dispute resolution.

  • To introduce students to the various ethical dimensions relevant to the conduct of civil dispute resolution.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate practical skills relevant to civil dispute resolution.

  2. Understand the ethical dimensions of conducting civil dispute resolution.

  3. Understand the distinction between contentious and non-contentious dispute resolution.

  4. Critically engage with relevant legal concepts, values, principles, tactical and procedural steps, explaining the relationship between these concepts in a number of areas.

Module information

Syllabus information

The module will examine a range of procedures and stages in civil dispute resolution, including such aspects as forms of civil dispute resolution and the various ethical principles involved, the difference between non-contentious dispute resolution and dispute avoidance, initiating and defending a civil claim, evidence, negotiation, advocacy, costs, and appeals and remedies.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • One 2-hour lecture per week
  • One 2-hour seminar every fortnight

Students are expected to undertake the reading before classes and be prepared to engage in discussion.



Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Lee Hansen, email: l.hansen@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Lee Hansen
The Law Education Admin Team - lawschoolug@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
Essex Law School

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