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Postgraduate Study Programme Alternative Dispute Resolution

About the Study Programme

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The interdisciplinary postgraduate study programme in Alternative Dispute Resolution offers graduates of various fields the possibility to upgrade their existing knowledge. The new theoretical and practical study programme covers the entire spectrum of conflict and dispute resolution, especially mediation, arbitration and similar procedures. The programme is also intended for all who are interested in this field and who recognise its potential for new and additional knowledge, which will undoubtedly become increasingly sought after and valuable in the future, as conflicts are an unavoidable part of our daily life. This study programme teaches students how to use conflicts in order to upgrade personal and business relations. The programme does not ‘compete’ with litigation and administrative proceedings. Instead, it opens up possibilities for clients to find the best possible solution to a dispute.

The postgraduate study programme lasts two years or four semesters and is equivalent to 120 credits. The first three semesters are intended for attending lectures, seminars and study workshops. The fourth semester is allocated for a methodological seminar and the preparation and defence of the Master’s thesis, which is worth 20 credits.

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Professional Title

After fulfilling the requirements for the completion of postgraduate study programme Alternative Dispute Resolution the graduate student acquires the title Master of Alternative Dispute Resolution (behind the name and surname).

Abbreviated Title: LL.M. in in Alternative Dispute Resolution

Study Mode

The postgraduate study programme in Alternative dispute resolution is implemented part-time (without concession) study. Lectures are organised in the afternoon in Ljubljana. Studies at the European Faculty of Law are primarily focused on ensuring high-quality expertise and applicable knowledge and skills that serve graduates and employers alike as added value in the labour market and in employment.

Following the model of renowned international universities, the Faculty introduced e-learning, where the student does not come to the teacher but instead the teacher comes to the student. This study mode represents an exceptional opportunity for people who do not feel comfortable with the conventional study mode. The main advantages of e-learning are the flexibility of the study process and the possibility to adapt it to the individual’s needs. It is suitable for students who find it difficult to attend lectures due to distance to the place of study and for employed students and students with special needs. 

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Enrolment criteria and continuation of studies in accordance with transfer criteria

Enrolment in the first year of the postgraduate study programme in Alternative Dispute Resolution is available to candidates who have completed:

a. a first cycle study programme in the relevant professional field(Social Sciences (31) and Law (38));

b. a first cycle study programme in other professional fields (Humanities (22) and Business and Administration (34)) and have acquired at least 180 credits and completed additional study obligations worth 14 credits. The candidates can complete the additional study obligations during their first-cycle study or, prior to enrolling in this postgraduate study programme, by passing the exams for the following courses: Introduction to Jurisprudence (8 credits) and Peaceful DisputeResolution (6 credits);

c. a first cycle study programme in other professional fields (all other ISCED fields)and have acquired at least 180 credits and completed additional study obligations worth 18 credits. The candidates can complete the additional study obligations during their first-cycle study or, prior to enrolling in this postgraduate study programme, by passing the exams for the following courses: Introduction to Jurisprudence (8 credits), Peaceful Dispute Resolution (6 credits) and Mediation and Arbitration – Alternative Dispute Resolution (4 credits);

d. a study programme leading to a higher education degree in relevant professional fields (Social Sciences (31) and Law (38)) that was adopted between 1 January 1994 and 11 June 2004;

e. a study programme leading to a higher education degree in other professional fields (Humanities (22) and Business and Administration (34)) that was adopted between 1 January 1994 and 11 June 2004 and have completed additional study obligations worth 14 credits. The candidates can complete the additional study obligations during their first-cycle study or, prior to enrolling in this postgraduate study programme, by passing the exams for the following courses: Introduction to Jurisprudence (8 credits) and Peaceful Dispute Resolution (6 credits);

f. a study programme leading to a higher education degree in other professional fields (all other ISCED fields) that was adopted between 1 January 1994 and 11 June 2004 and have completed additional study obligations worth 18 credits. The candidates can complete the additional study obligations during their first-cycle study or, prior to enrolling in this postgraduate study programme, by passing the exams for the following courses: Introduction to Jurisprudence (8 credits), Peaceful Dispute Resolution (6 credits) and Mediation and Arbitration – Alternative Dispute Resolution (4 credits).

Enrolment requirements are also met by candidates who have completed an equivalent study abroad.

If a decision on limited enrolment is adopted, candidates will be chosen with regard to:

• the average grade of undergraduate studies – up to 60% of points (every one tenth of the candidate’s average grade above 5.0 represents one point);
• the grade for the diploma thesis – up to 40% of points (every grade above 5.0 represents one point).
This is subject to the decision of the Study Affairs Committee.


The Faculty also enables the continuation of studies and enrolment in chosen study programmes in accordance with transfer criteria. Information on the continuation of studies in accordance with transfer criteria is available to candidates at the Faculty.

Postgraduate study programme Alternative Dispute Resolution

Valid for all generations of students enrolled up to including academic year 2017/2018


1st year



Course Credits
Conflict and crisis management: how to manage diversity and protect minorities -2017 8
Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution 8
Basics on Mediation 8
Elective course 1 6
Processes and Stages of Conflict 8
Practices, Techniques and Skils of Dispute Settlement 8
Dispute Resolution in Public Sector and Social Dialogue 8
Elective course 2 6
Total 60

2nd year


Course ECTS
Arbitration, Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Commercial Disputes 8
Alternative Resolution of Civil and Labour-Law Disputes 8
Resolution of Family, Social Security and Health Protection Disputes 8
Elective course 3 6
Methodological seminar 10
Preparation and Defence of the Master’s Thesis 20
Total 60

Elective courses


Course ECTS
Academic forum (ARS2, elective) 6
Case Studies and Role Playing 6
Settlement of International Disputes 6
Conflicts in History and Culture: Violence, Mediation and Peace 6
Legal and Alternative Resolution of Disputes over Domain Names in the Era of Internet Globalisation 6
Theory and Practice of Negotiation 6


Curriculum
Valid for all generations of students enrolled until including academic year 2016/2017



Curriculum 1st Year


Subject ECTS
Introduction to Conflict Resolution 6
Social Dialogie and Disputes Among Social Partners 6
Arbitration, Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Commercial Disputes 6
Elementary Mediation and Peaceful Dispute Treatment 6
Theory and Practice of Negotiation 6
Ligitation and Alternative Dispute Resolution 6
Resolution of International Disputes 6
Origins of Conflicts in History and Culture 6
Processes and Phases of Conflict Resolution 6
Skills of Negotiatiators and Mediators 6
Total 60

Curriculum 2nd Year


Subject ECTS
Management of Differences and Protection of Minorities 6
Practices and Techniques of Dispute Resolution 6
Elective Course 1 6
Elective Course 2 6
Elective Course 3 6
Individual Research Work 10
Preparation and Defense of Master's Thesis 20
Total 60


Elective Courses


Subject ECTS
Alternative and Judicial Dispute Resolution in Public Sector 6
Alternative Resolution of Civil Law and Work Related Legal Disputes 6
History and Social–Psychology of Mediation 6
The Yugoslav Crisis – A Recent Case of (Un)successful Resolution of a Geostrategic Conflict 6
Independent and Alternative Institutions for the Control of Public Sector 6
Legal and Alternative Resolution of Domain Disputes in the Era of Internet Globalization 6
Ethics of Alternative Dispute Resolution 6
Slovenia in the systems of the amicable settlement of international disputes 6
Resolution of Ecology Related Disputes on Local, National and Global Level 6
Family Disputes and Disputes Related to Social and Health Security 6
Case Studies and Role Playing with Reference to Personality Development 6
   


The abbreviations in the curriculum:

ECTS - credit points accorgind to European credit points system (1 point equals 25 student's hours)