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Principled (Interest Based) Negotiation - LAWS8980
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Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  Faculty of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: Academic Program must be either 9200, 9210, 5740, 9230, 9235, 5235, 9231 or 5231
Excluded: JURD7480
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 3 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


An effective professional needs to be skilful in negotiating, joint decision-making and joint problem-solving. This workshop helps participants improve these skills by careful analysis of the processes of negotiation and learning from experience, in the context of simulated negotiation exercises developed by the Harvard Negotiation Project.

LLM Specialisations

Recommended Prior Knowledge


Course Objectives

To provide participants with a principled negotiation framework which:
  • Is reliable, systematic and produces consistent results
  • Provides guidance for the planning, conduct and evaluation of negotiations of all kinds
  • Provides the opportunity to enhance the outcomes of all negotiation processes
And to enable participants with the opportunity to:
  • Identify the elements of a good outcome to a negotiation
  • Apply those elements in preparing for a negotiation
  • Identify the steps to be taken, prior to and during negotiation, to develop and enhance effective working relationships
  • Identify and apply evaluation procedures for reviewing a completed negotiation so as to enhance future performance
  • Practise these processes in a safe, encouraging environment

Main Topics

  • Preliminary thoughts about negotiation
  • Developing an effective preparation process
  • Thinking strategically about negotiation
  • Revisiting the elements of a good outcome
  • The role of power in negotiation
  • A range of experiential learning exercises will be undertaken


Class participation Preparation and engagement in class 20%
Group presentation Presentation and delivery 20%
Seminar paper 5,000 words 60%

Course Texts


Ury, W., Fisher, R., and Patton B., Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without giving in, 2ED, Arrow Business Books, London, 1997

Any additional materials such as handouts or articles will be made available to download from Blackboard.


Astor, H and Chinkin, C., Dispute Resolution in Australia, Butterworths, 2nd edition.


The course outline is available on along with a bibliography containing suggested websites and articles.

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