Professor John Wade

Professor John Wade

Emeritus Professor of Law, Bond University

Current Positions: Emeritus Professor of Law, Bond University; Law Foundation visitor, College of Law, Saskatchewan, 2013-2014.

Qualifications: LLB (Sydney); Diploma of Jurisprudence (Sydney) LLM (1st Hons; University of British Columbia); Trained Mediator, Boulder, Colorado 1987; Admitted as a Solicitor in NSW in 1970 and in Queensland in 1990; legal practising certificate in Queensland (1990-2013). University teaching positions at Osgoode Hall, Manitoba, Calgary, Sydney, Pepperdine, Vermont, Cardozo, SMU.

Committees: Family Law Council on Mediation (1988-1992); Australian Law Reform Commission on the “Adversary System” (1997-98); Chair, Family Law Council (2007-2010); Qld Law Society ADR Committee (2008-2014)

Panels: Queensland and New South Wales Supreme Court mediation panels; accredited commercial mediator nationally in Australia; and under the Family Law Act.

Mediation Experience: 1990-2014. Over 6,500 hours of mediations in private practice relating to intra organisational disputes; family property; insurance; de facto couples property; parenting; commercial; State Cabinet and indigenous community disputes.

Training Experience: 1990-2021. Led over 300 three and four day mediation and arbitration training courses as part of Bond University Dispute Resolution Centre, and also individually, for over 6,000 legal practitioners, judges and other professionals in Australia, UK, France; Hong Kong, Indonesia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.

Organised and taught mediation and negotiation courses for: Australian Tax Office; Comcare; Fairwork Australia; Queensland Law Society; Queensland Legal Aid; Queensland and Victorian Bar; Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators; Victoria Workcover; Westpac Bank (NSW and Qld); Brookfields (Auckland); Family Court judges in New Zealand; Relationships Australia (Perth); Residential Tenancies Authority; Pepperdine University, Los Angeles; Jones Law School, Alabama; Vermont Law School; SMU, Texas; Judicial Training College, Alabama; Cardozo Law School, New York; Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators; Jakarta Initiative, Indonesia; CEDR, London; and law firms around Australia (Blakes, Bakers, Freehills) and in London; Vancouver; Canada.

Awards for best university law teacher at Sydney University (1989); Bond University (1990); and in Australia (1998). International Bar Association Award (2011) as one of the top ten mediators in Australia.

Publications: Over one hundred published journal articles and books on mediation, family law and legal education.      

Addresses: Email:

Canadian address -1916 West 11th Ave, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6J-2C6; phone 0011-1-604-565-6294; cell 778-988-1148

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