WHAT I’VE BEEN READING: Dispute Resolution in Australia: Cases, Commentaries and Materials, 5th Ed. By David Spencer, Lisa Barry and Lola Akin Ojelabi

This recently released 5th Edition is an enormous book – 881 pages in total! That in itself is a compliment to the field of dispute resolution, in that it demonstrates the wealth of resources that are now available to inform and support our practice.

Chapters cover topics including understanding conflict, conflict resolution processes (negotiation, mediation, arbitration, dispute boards, partnering, conciliation, neutral evaluation and conflict coaching), contexts (criminal law, family law, the workplace, online). There are also chapters considering the interaction between dispute resolution and the State, culture and the law. Final chapters cover ethics and standards, and the future of dispute resolution.

This book continues to be an excellent resource that compiles the latest research on all things relevant to dispute resolution. It provides extracts of important publications, along with accessible commentary, to make keeping up to date with current developments easier for practitioners and researchers alike. This book is an essential resource for anyone in the field of dispute resolution, and especially students. It’s not the kind of book you’d read cover to cover, but rather something you’d dip into to find an overview of recent resources on a topic of interest.

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