• March 16, 2017
    5:45 pm - 7:00 pm

Event Phone: +61 2 9239 0700

Using ADR to assist land dispute negotiations in NSW

Following ADC’s highly successful Land Rights seminar in 2016, Australia’s leading experts take claimants, practitioners and government agencies the next step in discussing the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of using mediation in effectively resolving Land Rights claims.

  • What is the importance of designing an appropriate dispute resolution process that suits the parties and the dispute?
  • What factors need to be considered?
  • Who should participate in dispute resolution and why?
  • When is a dispute ripe for resolution?
  • What is the breadth of negotiations under s. 36AA of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (it’s not just Land Councils and the Crown)?
  • The tips and traps for parties and their advisors in dispute resolution.

Helen Shurven

Helen Shurven is one of four Members of the National Native Title Tribunal, appointed by the Governor General of Australia. Helen is an accredited mediator under the Australian National Mediation Standards and has conducted hundreds of hours of face to face and telephone mediation in native title matters. She conducts Tribunal mediations to assist parties make agreements toward resolution of future act matters, as well as indigenous land use agreements. She has also made over 300 arbitral decisions under the Native Title Act 1993.

Stephen Wright

Stephen Wright has recently commenced as the Chief Operation Officer at the Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council (DLALC), one of the largest private landowners in Western Sydney. He is a graduate in politics and law from Macquarie University and was the Registrar of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (ALRA) for 18 years before commencing his new role. Prior to entering public service as the Registrar of the ALRA he worked for the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council prosecuting the cause of land rights under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983. Stephen has more than 20 years’ experience as a mediator and conciliator.

ADC’s Evening Seminars are designed to bring thought leaders and ADR practitioners together to discuss topics of current interest. They offer the opportunity for practitioners to stay-up-to date with recent developments and topics of thinking in discussion with industry experts. The seminars also provide a welcome opportunity for peers to network over drinks and nibbles.

Our evening seminars are a convenient, cost effective and enjoyable way to meet your CLE and National Mediator Accreditation Standards’ CPD requirements and maintain your professional currency. Participants are eligible for one-point per CPD seminar.


1 Castlereagh Street, Level 16, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia

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