PhD Scholarship: A Relational Theory of Procedural Justice, Macquarie University

17 03 2017

Macquarie University is seeking a PhD candidate to join an interdisciplinary research project in law and philosophy.

The project is concerned with procedural justice in the context of resolving legal disputes. Its overall aim is to develop a theory of procedural justice that builds on relational theory in philosophy by incorporating relational concerns in the moral evaluation of legal procedures.

The theory will be used to evaluate the procedural practices of a designated legal institution (the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal).  A case study will investigate the extent to which the theory explains, justifies or provides reasons for revising the procedural practices of the NCAT.

The PhD candidate will either work on the normative aspect or the institutional legal aspects of the project, depending on their qualifications and background.

More information can be found at (click on ‘Faculty of Arts’, then ‘Philosophy/Macquarie Law School’).

International Women’s Day 2017

16 03 2017

Last week, Wednesday 8th March was International Women’s Day. The 2017 theme is: Be Bold For Change (#BeBoldForChange). Many events were held around Australia to celebrate and educate on the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. CMR Lecturer Claire Holland attended an International Women’s Day Breakfast at the Ville in Townsville. The Programme theme was: UNITE to end Domestic Violence. Speakers highlighted the important work of Beyond Blue and Lifeline.  

Claire attended with JCU Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Health Ethics, Law and Education in the Tropics, Nikola Stepanov, Manager of Research Education at the Townsville Hospital, Sue Jenkins-Marsh, and Executive Support Officer of the Centre for Health Ethics, Law and Education in the Tropics, Kelly Parker.

Kelly Parker, Sue Jenkins-Marsh, Claire Holland and Nikola Stepanov

Director of the CMR program, Judith Herrmann, attended an Internatinoal Women’s Day lunch at the Salt House in Cairns, with Leanne Mackaness. The event was a fundraiser for the Australian “Send Hope Not Flowers” charity.  The charity focuses on helping mothers survive childbirth across the developing world, including in PNG, Timor Leste, the Solomon Islands and Indonesia.

Judith Herrmann and Leanne Mackaness


Send Hope Not Flowers has an upcoming event in October at the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino, Cairns. Please see the invitation below for further information.

2017 JCU Graduation – Townsville

14 03 2017


Congratulations to CMR students Noor Khan, Charmain Leuci and Amaya Mo who graduated in the Townsville Graduation Ceremony on the 9th March, 2017.

Further congratulations to Amaya who was awarded an Academic Medal for outstanding achievement in coursework at a Masters Level.

JCU Academic Medal Masters Coursework

The CMR team wishes you all the best for your future endeavors.

Congratulations to graduates Charmain Leuci, Amaya Mo and Noor Khan, with CMR Lecturer Claire Holland


Amaya and Charmain attending the JCU Townsville Graduation Ceremony


Webinar: Child Family Community Australia

6 03 2017


Webinar invitation

Supporting young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds:
Good practice and measuring settlement outcomes

Nadine Liddy, Heather Stewart and John De Maio

Thursday 23 March 2017, 1.30pm – 2.30pm AEDT. Find your time zone.

This webinar will bring together research, policy and practice perspectives to discuss how to best support young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

Young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds have enormous potential, but face a range of particular challenges. Recognising this, MYAN Australia launched the National Youth Settlement Framework in 2016 to facilitate a targeted approach to supporting and measuring good practice with young people in the settlement context.

This webinar will discuss the implementation of the Framework, and provide examples of community based initiatives and practical strategies for supporting young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Recent findings from Building a New Life in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants will also be presented.

Please take a moment to read the Webinar Frequently Asked Questions.

Register to attend the webinar

Webinar: Addressing conflict in apartment living: the benefits of skilled mediation

6 03 2017

Resolution Institute

Thursday, 16 March 2017 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Sydney time (AEDT) | Zoom Webinar


Apartment living is booming in Australia and New Zealand. With this increase in vertical living comes many challenges including significant conflict.

Disputes arise because residents are living in close proximity and managing shared assets.  Apartment blocks and other developments such as town house and master planned estate developments may require shared infrastructure and will often include jointly owned assets such as swimming pools and gyms. The legal entity that holds the shared assets may be known as an owners corporation, a body corporate or some other similar title. A committee of management often employs a manager who may informally mediate the conflict. There is scope within legislation to regulate conflict more effectively which would result in residents feeling more satisfied in the process.

This presentation will analyse data from a mixed method study that included managers and owners corporation committees and will discuss conflict resolution strategies, including employing a professional mediator, that may assist with dispute resolution to meet residents’ needs.

Need help REGISTERING >>? Please contact the Resolution Institute Sydney office on (02) 9251 3366 or Freecall 1800 651 650 or our NZ office on (04) 470 0110 or Freecall 0800 453 237 or email

About Dr Kathy Douglas (RMIT University)

Associate Professor Kathy Douglas is Deputy Head, Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT University.  She researches and teaches about conflict and dispute resolution in the Juris Doctor at RMIT. She has published widely regarding mediator practice and education and conflict in planning. She has over 20 years experience as a mediator and teacher.

Request for Mediators

20 02 2017


The Office of the Franchising Mediation Adviser, Oilcode Dispute Resolution Adviser and the Horticulture Mediation Adviser are funded by the Commonwealth Government to assist with the resolution of disputes.

The Office maintains a panel of mediators who are available for appointment to assist with the mediation of horticulture disputes in every Australian State and Territory. It is a requirement that mediators appointed to the panel have been accredited by an RMAB as Nationally Accredited Mediators.

All accredited mediators are invited to apply for appointment. All mediators who register by 28 February 2017 will be invited to make a formal application for appointment.

The Officer of the Franchising Mediation Adviser: click here

The Office of the Oilcode Dispute Resolution Adviser: click here

The Office of the Horticulture Mediation Adviser: click here

Mediation Essay Competition

7 02 2017


CIIM Essay Competition 2017


The SIMI mediation essay competition for 2017 is now open! Titled “Contemporary Issues In Mediation (CIIM)“, the competition seeks to encourage greater awareness and interest in the study and research of mediation among tertiary students. The Competition is open to all students enrolled in a tertiary institute during the Competition period, whether located in Singapore or otherwise.

This is an annual competition and is typically held during the first half of each year. There are no entry fees to participate.

This is the 3rd year that CIIM Essay Competition has been held. Winners of the first CIIM Essay Competition have had their works published in a book “CIIM Vol 1” and is available for purchase here. “CIIM Vol 2″is currently under editing and will be published later this year.

Closing Date

2 April 2017

Essay Format

Entries should be written in Microsoft Word format and adhere to the following:

  • Total length should be between 2700 – 3300 words, not including citations and references.
  • Font type Arial, size 12, double-spaced, normal margin.
  • All essays should be written in English.
  • All citations and references to be put in footnotes.
  • The essay should use the citation guide adopted by the Singapore Academy of Law. The guide can be found here.

Submitting Entries

Entries should be submitted via e-mail to, with the subject “SIMI CIIM ESSAY SUBMISSION”. The body of the email should contain the following information:

  • Full name (as in NRIC or Passport) of the participant
  • Educational Institution & Country of Residence
  • Course of Study
  • Title of Essay

Participation is FREE. 


The top two essays will receive book vouchers each, while the top 10 essays will be compiled and published by SIMI into a book.

Download the competition rules below. Terms & conditions apply.

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