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Mediation & International Commercial Dispute Resolution - ONLINE
Postgraduate certificate

Study part time over 1 year
Applications Are Now Open for September 2024

Learn career-building skills with credentials to back them up

"I already knew before starting an LLM that, as a mature student with work and family commitments, the online environment would offer me flexibility and convenience to fit in study around my life.  I worked as a corporate lawyer for many years before starting my own business. I was ready to challenge myself, wanted an academic study, was very interested in mediation and felt I had relevant experience. I was drawn to this course as I thought the balance between academic and practical study would suit me.  
One term in and my expectations have been exceeded."

- Naomi Little-Smith

"This outstanding LLM in mediation and international commercial dispute resolution at Newcastle Law School is such a flagship programme that combines theory with real-life practice. Not only are you expected to engage fully in real-time with your classmates around the world and practise your mediation skills every now and then, you are also challenged to form your own scholarly ideas over core mediation issues including the socio-legal perspectives and ethics of mandatory mediation or whether mediation as an appropriate dispute resolution means facilitates access to justice.

- Dr Kelvin Ling
Hong Kong

Programme Information

1 Year Part Time - Online and Flexible

A unique opportunity to study with a Russell Group University. Newcastle University is ranked in the top 150 of global universities in the QS world rankings and offers an outstanding teaching and learning experience.


Postgraduate Certificate
Mediation and International Commercial Dispute Resolution

An innovative and elegant programme design makes your lessons engaging. Interactive case study simulations blend theory with the reality of commercial practice.


Fees £5,000
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Home and International students pay the same fees.


About this Postgraduate Certificate

This online PG Cert will put you on a track for a high growth career in dispute resolution. You will gain in-depth knowledge of a rapidly growing area of dispute resolution and acquire the commercial skills to work across international practice.

The rapid growth in commercial mediation has been largely driven by new laws and regulation, a deluge of pandemic-related commercial disputes and process innovation.

International commercial dispute resolution is not only a core element of every legal practitioner’s workload, but an exciting and expanding practice area in its own right.

Why This Programme

This online programme integrates an advanced level of legal and theoretical study with real-life practice. When you graduate from this programme you will be able to diagnose and intervene in disputes, select appropriate processes and advise and support your clients on the path to resolution.


Be Your Best

Study at a Russell Group University, ranked in the World’s top 150 universities in the latest QS World University Rankings.

Online and in-person

Study Your Way

With flexible online learning, organise your studies to suit your life and commitments.

Live online sessions

Reflect and Apply

Know why you do what you do by applying theory to practice.

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Be Inspired

Learn from global industry leaders and those at the business end of dispute resolution practice.

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Study cutting edge innovation in the field of dispute resolution and influence future practice.

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Hit the ground running

Be ready for the reality of practice through experiential and project-based learning.

How It Works

Immersive Learning

One-year full time online interactive course, scheduled to work for you.
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Learn and connect with your fellow students from around the world
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Plan your learning around your schedule with self-directed lessons.
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Assessmeent and Further Study

Ongoing assessment and the opportunity to progress onto a Postgraduate Diploma or onto the LLM.
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Live Sessions

Live faculty-led small group tutorials and workshops
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Support and Connection

Tutor, pastoral, administrative and academic support.
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Immersive and interactive online lessons.
Approximately 10-20 effort hours per week.
Live online small group sessions and coaching.
A variety of assessment methods.
Meet and work with a global cohort of learners.
Academic, practical and IT support.

Programme Highlights

When you have graduated from this course, you will have gained knowledge, competence and confidence in the following areas:

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The law of international dispute resolution, including recent developments in regulating practice, such as the Singapore Convention on Mediation and the rapid increase in national mediation laws globally.

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Theories of conflict and dispute resolution and what commercial disputants need from their advisers and the process.

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New and developing areas of practice such as investor-State mediation, multi-tiered processes and online dispute resolution.

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The skills and strategies of mediation advocacy and dispute resolution practice, including communication and negotiation skills, drafting documentation, managing clients and working with other professionals.

Thought leadership

The increased role technology plays in all aspects of dispute resolution, and the big challenges for the future such as ensuring access to justice, early intervention strategies and dispute system design.

Programme Curriculum

Module #1

Dispute Resolution and Conflict Studies

This class deals with the historical origins of mediation and where mediation fits within the hierarchy of dispute resolution processes.  It examines the causes of commercial law disputes before analysing issues relating to dispute prevention, conflict analysis and individual conflict styles. It also examines issues in neuroscience that may impact on dispute resolution.

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Mediation Practice and Skills

This class explores the attributes of successful mediators and of lawyers working in mediation. It covers choice of process and forum, mediation representation and advocacy skills. It also addresses preparation for, and paperwork in mediation – including mediation briefs, agreements to mediate and drafting settlement agreements.

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mediation theory

This class will explore the interaction between dispute resolution and different forms of justice including procedural and substantive norms and ethical concerns. It will address fundamental values such as confidentiality, voluntariness, neutrality and party empowerment, and theoretical issues relevant to mediation in the commercial context. It also examines mediation models and styles and the role and influence of culture within mediation processes.

World Renowned Faculty

Programme Director

Bryan Clark

Professor of Law & Civil Justice, Newcastle University

Programme Designer

Sabine Walsh

Co-founder & Head of Learning, Mediator Academy

International Expert Faculty

Bill Wood KC

Mediator, Maxwell Mediators, Singapore

Ranked #1 Mediation Silk in the UK

Jane Player

Mediator, Jane Player Mediation - UK

Corporate Livewire Commercial Mediator of the Year

Geoff Sharp

Mediator, Maxwell Mediators - Singapore

Who's Who Legal Global Top 5 Mediator

nadja alexander

Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy

Global Elite Thought Leader, Who's Who Legal, 2022

shannon salter

Deputy Attorney General for British Columbia

Former chair of Civil Resolution Tribunal, Canada

Tat Lim

Mediator, Maxwell Mediators, Singapore

'The best in Singapore' Who's Who Legal

Sue Prevezer KC

Mediator, Brick Court Chambers, UK

‘just fearsomely bright’ Legal 500

Simon Nightingale

Consultant Neurologist (Retired)

Special interest in the neuroscience of conflict

Dr Erin Dyer Saxon

Mediator, Conflict Resolution Scholar

Specialist in conflict communication

Dr Julio-César Betancourt

Author, Academic & ADR Practitioner

Lawyer, Arbitrator & Mediator

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Newcastle University is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings of 2022) and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of the UK’s leading research intensive universities.  

The Law School is committed to pursuing academic excellence and fostering an intellectually challenging and supportive environment in which their students can excel. It maintains the very best research, outstanding teaching and learning experience and their academic staff are at the forefront of research.

Mediator Academy 

We are a digital education company with a mission to prepare learners with the skills and knowledge to tackle the big challenges of the 21st Century. Our pioneering learning design, collaboration with global industry leaders alongside university partnerships enable us to bring career-focused education to learners anywhere. You can read more about us here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Duration and Structure?

There is a Part Time (PT) option which is spread over one year making this programme ideal for working professionals. You will cover three modules and complete a practical assessment to gain additonal IMI accreditation.

What do you mean by fully online?

Combination of interactive asynchronous modules so you study in your own time, and live online workshops and tutorials with faculty. Online access to programme director, tutor, dissertation supervisor, support staff and also classmates and extra-curricular activities.

How will I access the course?

All learning will be delivered through the university LMS, including library and other resources. A laptop or desktop provide the best learning experience but you can also learn using a tablet or smartphone.

Do I have to be a law graduate?

No, a primary degree can be in another discipline.

What is the time commitment and what does the timetable look like?

The programme is intended to be part time over the course of one year, so there is greater flexibility to schedule study as it works for you around family work and other commitments. Live sessions will be timetabled well in advance to allow you to plan for them and recordings of all live sessions will also be available.

How is it assessed?

Each module includes assessment of different types; essay, practical, MCQ, capstone project.

Can I practice as a Commercial Mediator after this programme?

Yes, absolutely. Another unique feature of this PG Certificate is the professional accreditation that comes with your degree. If you successfully complete the course and pass the assessments you can practice as an International Mediation Institute (IMI) Qualified Mediator.

Are there any scholarships available for this programme?

No, there are however a number of scholarships for the Law Masters (LLM) programme.

Are there payment plans available to spread the course fees over 1 year?

Yes, there are payment plans available. Further information on these options can be found on the university website.

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