Dr. Julie Macfarlane is Distinguished Professor and Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Windsor. She is an active mediator, and consults regularly on conflict resolution interventions, training, program evaluation and systems design for a range of public and private sector clients. Over the past 25 years, she has provided conflict intervention training for legal practitioners, law students, civil servants, union and management groups, aboriginal council members, legal aid workers and health care professionals.
Julie has received a number of professional honours in the course of her career, including the David Mundell Medal for Legal Writing (2016), two Canadian Law Blog Awards (CLAWBIEs, 2015 and 2016 for her Access to Justice blog), the Institute for Social Policy Understanding Scholar of the Year Award (2012), Creative Scholar of the Year, University of Windsor (2008), and the International Academy of Mediators Award of Excellence (2005).
Julie has researched and written extensively on dispute resolution and in particular the role of lawyers. Her bestselling 2008 book The New Lawyer: How Settlement is Transforming the Practice of Law (University of British Colombia Press) is based on hundreds of personal interviews with lawyers and their lawyers. It has been the focus of dozens of workshops conducted by Julie in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia. A fully revised and updated 2nd edition (The New Lawyer: How Clients are Transforming the Practice of Law) will be published in August 2017. Julie is also the editor of Dispute Resolution: Readings and Case Studies (Emond Montgomery) a student text used widely in ADR courses in Canadian and US law schools, published in its 4th edition in 2015.
In 2011, Julie completed a four-year empirical research project examining the use of Islamic family law principles and values in divorce processes conducted by third parties in North American mosques. Islamic Divorce in North America: Choosing a Shari’a Path in a Secular Society was published by Oxford University Press in April 2012. This work has been featured in numerous media reports on shari’a law. Julie’s current research, writing and advocacy focuses on the experiences of the very large numbers of self-represented litigants in family and civil courts in Canada (The National Self-Represented Litigants Research Project), following the publication of an influential national study in 2013.
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