Australian Universities in Court: The Causes, Costs and Consequences of Increasing Litigation
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law
November 2, 2008
Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 156-169, 2008
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/133
Concerns have been burgeoning about the increasing number and complexity of disputes involving Australian universities, their extensive monetary costs and the damage they cause to the reputation of those universities. However there is very little empirical data about disputes in universities to show whether or not these concerns are well founded and, if they are, to suggest what may be causing the increase. In the absence of data we do not know whether there is a problem or, if there is, how to remedy it. This article reports results from a survey of litigation involving Australian universities from 1985-2006. It demonstrates that litigation involving universities has indeed increased significantly; reveals who litigates with universities; confirms the assertion that many of these cases are very complex. It discusses the factors that appear to have contributed to the increase.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 20
Keywords: disputes, universities, litigation, dispute resolution
JEL Classification: K10, K30, K40, K41
Date posted: November 4, 2008
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