ACCT635-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Special Topic

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


Special Topic


This course involves a study of the various processes available to disputing commercial parties to resolve conflict, with a particular emphasis on the legal and regulatory issues concerning the commercial mediation process.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the completion of the course, students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the various options available to parties to resolve commercial conflict;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal implications of mediation as a mechanism to settle commercial disputes including the enforcement of agreements to mediate and settlement agreements, the confidentiality of the process; costs sanctions as an instrument to encourage parties to mediate and the legal limits of the process.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the pertinent regulatory issues relating to the process including the regulation of both lawyers and mediators within the process.
  • Engage with dispute resolution processes in a practical way through a Problem Based Learning (PBL) exercise. Through PBL, students will engage with a commercial dispute similar to the type of dispute experienced in practice, where they will assess the appropriate means of resolution in light of the factual circumstances presented in the case, and outline the possible outcomes should each of the various dispute resolution options be employed. Students will demonstrate their learning from the exercise by completing a reflective narrative/diary, documenting and discussing their experience.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department

Course Coordinator

Ronan Feehily


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Problem Based Learning (PBL) Exercise 20%
Reflection Narrative/Report on PBL Exercise 60%
Contribution and discussion at seminars 20%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Ronan Feehily; International Commercial Mediation: Law and Regulation in Comparative Context ; Cambridge University Press, 2022.



ACCT152 or LAWS101 and LAWS110, ACCT252 or LAWS203, ACCT256 or LAWS204

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,037.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 5 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Department of Accounting and Information Systems .

All ACCT635 Occurrences

  • ACCT635-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023