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The City Law School, in conjunction with The ADR Forum of the Centre for the Study of Legal Professional Practice present Professor Susan Blake's inaugural lecture, “The contractual basis for Alternative Dispute Resolution: a platform for party autonomy or the privatisation of justice?”
The use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is growing rapidly. Based on the principles of contract law, options such as arbitration and mediation allow parties to control the process through which a civil dispute is resolved in a flexible way. Party autonomy is highly valued, not only in relation to resolving commercial disputes, but across a range of legal areas. In the modern world there may be attractions in shifting from an adversarial system towards one that gives more control to those who are involved in disputes, and contractual principles provide a sound basis for this.
However, problems with the shift towards ADR have been identified by a range of commentators, for example as regards the need to protect the public development of precedent in the common law system. This lecture raises further questions about the interface between litigation and ADR – how can we best balance party autonomy and the development of an effective framework of legal rights as we move towards a world where legal disputes may increasingly be resolved online, while higher value disputes may be settled by private agreement?
Professor Susan Blake is Associate Dean (Education) at The City Law School. Her writing and research focus on Civil Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, and she teaches primarily on the Bar Professional Training Course (the BPTC) and the LLM (Master of Laws).
Having practised as a barrister, Susan joined The City Law School and took part in designing the BPTC (initially called the Bar Vocational Course), becoming the Programme Director from 1989 -1998. She went on to play a role in developing the Legal Practice Course and Master’s programmes at The City Law School, most recently co-ordinating the setting up of the Centre for the Study of Legal Professional Practice at the School.
Susan is the author of A Practical Approach to Effective Litigation (8th edition, 2015) and a co-author (with Julie Browne and Professor Stuart Sime) of A Practical Approach to Alternative Dispute Resolution (4th edition, 2016) and The Jackson ADR Handbook (2nd edition, 2016), all published by Oxford University Press.
6:00pm - Registration
6:30pm - Lecture and Q&A
7:30pm - Reception
8:30pm - Close