On 16 March 2017, the Australian Disputes Centre was delighted to host two of Australia’s leading experts in Aboriginal Land Rights and Native Title. As a follow on to the ADC’s highly successful Land Rights seminar in 2016, Ms Helen Shurven of the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) and Mr Stephen Wright of the Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council (DLALC) returned to the ADC to conduct a seminar on the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Land Rights disputes. During the seminar, Ms Shurven and Mr Wright shared their insights on the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of using ADR in this important area. The speakers gave an overview of Native Title and Land Rights claims in New South Wales (NSW), spoke of the appropriateness of ADR in resolving these disputes and the importance of implementing a tailored and appropriate ADR process.

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Special Rapporteur: Edward Basha is a fifth year Law Student at Macquarie University and an intern at the Australian Disputes Centre.