Sam is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Conflict Management and Resolution Program at James Cook University.

She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Bond University, sessional staff at the University of New South Wales, Adjunct Professor at Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Tasmania, Affiliate Scholar at the Center for the Study of Narrative and Conflict Resolution within the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, and Faculty at the Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy.  

Sam has a consultancy practice in creative conflict engagement and education, and is a Principal of Conflict Coaching International. She is an experienced conflict coach and the founder of the REAL Conflict Coaching System.

Sam is a Nationally Accredited Mediator under the Australian Standards and a Certified Transformative Mediator by the US Institute of Conflict Transformation. 

  • LB5518: Advanced Mediation (Level 5; TSV)
  • LB5527: Conflict Coaching (Level 5; TCC)
  • Conflict management and resolution
  • Reflective practice
  • Conflict narratives and storytelling
  • Peace and conflict education
  • Mediation
  • Advanced mediation
  • Conflict coaching
  • 2012 to present - Adjunct Professor, Hong Kong Shue Yan University (Hong Kong)
  • 2011 to present - Affiliate Scholar, Center for the Study of Narrative and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University (Washington DC, USA)
  • 2011 to present - Adjunct Associate Professor, Bond University (Gold Coast, Australia)
  • 2015 to 2016 - Student Ombudsman, University of Wollongong (New South Wales)
  • 2007 to 2010 - Director of Conflict Resolution and Practice, Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 2007 - Senior Lecturer in Conflict Resolution, La Trobe University (Melbourne)
  • 2000 to 2006 - Lecturer, University of Tasmania (Hobart)
  • 2000 to 2006 - Board Member and President (2006), Tasmanian Council for AIDS, Hepatitis and Related Diseases (Hobart)
  • 1999 to 2000 - Associate Lecturer, Griffith University (Brisbane)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2007 - Honorary Life Membership, Tasmanian Council for AIDS, Hepatitis and Related Diseases
  • 2007 - La Trobe University Learning and Teaching Fellowship
  • 2006 - National Citation for an Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2005 - University of Tasmania EDGE Teaching Fellow
  • 2003 - Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2003 - University of Tasmania Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2014 - JCU Excellence Award for Learning and Teaching
  • 2010 - Rotary Peace Fellow
  • 2006 - Fellow of the Higher Education Research and Development Association of Australia
  • 2013 - Editoral Board, Narrative and Conflict: Explorations in Theory and Practice
  • 2012 - Member of the Steering Committee, North Queensland Family Law Pathways Network
  • 2011 - Member of the Editorial Board, James Cook University Law Review
  • 2009 - Member of the Queensland Law Society ADR Section
  • 2008 to 2009 - Editor in Chief, Legal Education Review
  • 2008 to 2009 - Member of the National Mediator Accreditation Committee, Practice and Compliance Group
  • 2007 to 2009 - Member of the Executive, Australasian Law Teachers Association
  • 2005 to 2009 - Member of the Editorial Committee, Legal Education Review
  • 2005 to 2007 - Convenor, Legal Education Interest Group, Australasian Law Teachers Association
  • 2002 to 2005 - Founding Secretary, Tasmanian Association of Dispute Resolution Practitioners
  • Certified Transformative Mediator, Institute of Conflict Transformation
  • Accredited Mediator under the Australian National Mediator Accreditation Standards
  • Solicitor of the High Court of Australia, The Federal Court of Australia and The Supreme Court of Queensland

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles
Book Chapters
  • Spencer D and Hardy S (2014) Dispute resolution in the workplace. In: Dispute Resolution in Australia: cases, commentary and materials. Thomson Reuters, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 585-647
  • Spencer D and Hardy S (2014) Dispute resolution in criminal law. In: Dispute Resolution in Australia: cases, commentary and materials. Thomson Reuters, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 428-473
  • Spencer D and Hardy S (2014) Conflict coaching. In: Dispute Resolution in Australia: cases, commentary and materials. Thomson Reuters, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 265-295
Conference Papers

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 20+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Samantha Hardy Lawson from 2007 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • A Critical Analysis of the Needs of Female Survivors of Sexual Violence and their Experiences with Transitional Justice - the Case of Rwandan Gacaca. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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