Learning & events

PDG event | Researching lawyers’ engagement with mediation

with Dr. John Woodward

Tuesday 12 November 2019 | Newcastle and Hunter region

A presentation of research around the issues which occur when mediation meets the legal establishment: the coercive power of the courts vs the collaborative practice of mediation.


About the presenter

Dr. John Woodward was involved in the administration of justice in the Local Courts from 1974 to 1987. Upon admission to practice as a solicitor John became involved in the practice of commercial litigation. He has been involved in insolvency practice with an emphasis on the building and construction industry since about 1990, in the aftermath of the Newcastle earthquake. He also has extensive experience in the insurance law sector, having acted for a national commercial motor vehicle insurer for more than twenty years.

He is an accredited mediator and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is an arbitrator of the Local Court of New South Wales appointed under the Civil Procedure Act, 2005, a practicing mediator and the Dispute Resolution Officer for the Northern NSW Soccer Federation. He was awarded a PhD in law in 2019, for which he completed research into court-connected mediation with particular reference to the involvement of lawyers and the question of disputant direct participation in the mediation process. He is presently engaged as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Newcastle Law School.