Dr Rosemary Howell

LLB, Melbourne University 

Doctor of Judicial Science, University of Technology Sydey 

Accredited Administrator, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

NMAS Nationally Accredited Mediator 

Dr. Howell has over 30 years of experience as a lawyer, strategic planner, educator and CEO. She is admitted to practice as a solicitor in Victoria and NSW and has served a term as the Secretary-General of the Law Council of Australia. Rosemary's professional expertise in strategic planning, facilitation and tertiary education has focused on enhancing the quality of professional and legal services through leadership roles in the legal profession's governing bodies, professional engagement in alternative dispute resolution techniques and engagement in higher education.

Since 1985 Rosemary's company, Strategic Action, has provided consulting services on planning, facilitation and training to State and Federal government departments and businesses in Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, China and South Africa. Her clientele includes in-house counsel, major corporate entities and a large range of professional service businesses including architects, law firms, engineers and accountants. Strategic Action was named the top Australia-Pacific mediation practice in 2018 by International Who's Who of Commercial Mediation. 

In 2005, Rosemary was awarded her Doctorate of Judicial Science (SJD) for her work on Negotiating with Lawyers, a qualitative study of the experiences of those for whom, and with whom, lawyers negotiate. This research allowed Rosemary to give theoretical voice to the professional skills and multi-disciplinary perspectives acquired through programs such as those she had taken and taught at Harvard University. It is these skills and perspectives that Rosemary hopes to pass on to Australia's future legal practitioners through her courses at UNSW.

Rosemary currently teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution at undergraduate level and Principled (Interest-based) Negotiation at postgraduate level at UNSW. In 2009, Rosemary proposed the development of a Master of Dispute Resolution and a Graduate Diploma of Dispute Resolution, which have been offered since 2010 and have now been rolled into the combined LLM program as a specialty. She also teaches mediation in the University of Melbourne's LLM program. 

In 2011 she was appointed a Visiting Professor at Catholica University in Lisbon where she led the first ADR program delivered in the Master's Program.

Rosemary is a nationally accredited mediator and has appeared in the International Who's Who of Mediation since 2013. She was ranked (via peer evaluation) by Who's Who in Australia in the top 4 mediators in the country. Rosemary has also appeared in the 2015 Who's Who in Business in Australia. In 2019 Rosemary was recognised as one of the most influential Australians and was published in Who's Who in Australia 2020, Australia's most iconic biographical publication.

Rosemary currently coaches the UNSW team in the invitation only ICC Mediation Competition Paris. She has coached UNSW teams since 2006 to the present, during which UNSW has reached the final rounds in all but 2 years and were winners in 2016 and 2018 from a field of 65 international competitors. 


Memberships, Appointments and Board Positions 


2010 -       Member of the ICC International Mediation Competition Rules Committee 

Law Society of NSW

2002 -       Director, Board of QL Inc. delivering Law 9000

1997-02   Director, New South Wales Board of QIL (Quality in Law)

1993-96   Chairman, Marketing Committee

1992-96   Professional Development and Practice Management Committee, member

                  Professional Development and Practice Management (Quality sub-committee), member

Legal Services Commission

2006        Committee on Conflicts in the Legal Profession 


1981-83   Faculty of Law, Monash University (Board member)


20013-     Member of LEADR, now Resolution Institute 

1986-87  Chairman, General Practice Section, Law Council of Australia 

1980-83  Secretary-General, Law Council of Australia

1980-83  Attorney-General's Committee on Legal Information Retrieval

1980-83  Managing Editor, Australian Law News, the Journal of the Law Council of Australia

1981 (May) Secondment to assist the Auckland District Law Society to establish its Management Advisory Service


1982-91  Board Member, Council of Adult Education, Victoria and Chairman of Committee on Staff Conditions

1980-83  Member, Computerised Legal Information Committee, Victoria Law Foundation

1980-83  Member, Council of Legal Education Victoria

1980-81  Member, Association of Conference Executives

Journal articles

Howell R, 2004, 'Spot the difference...if you can', Australian Journal of Management

Howell R, 1999, 'The quality journey: discovering what’s best for your practice', Law Society Journal

Howell R, 1994, 'The business plan', Corporate Management

Howell R, 1993, 'Practitioners are realising the advantages of quality management - quality assurance (QA) - total quality management (TQM) - Quality in Law Inc (QIL), Managing and Motivating Staff', Law Society Journal

Howell R, 1985, 'A Six Step Process to providing a Comprehensive Continuing Legal Education Programme for Administrators', Journal of Professional Legal Education

Howell R, 1985, 'CLE: Educational Techniques, Technology and Equipment', Journal of Professional Legal Education

Howell R, 1985, 'CLE: Course Planning and Design', Journal of Professional Legal Education

Book Chapters

Howell RJ, 2012, 'Mediation Process: Preliminary Conferences and Position/Interest Papers', in Legg M (ed.), The Future of Dispute Resolution, Lexis Nexis Butterworths, Australia, pp. 131 - 142


Howell R, 2020, Kindergarten and conflict – Pre-school leadership in conflict resolution, http://mediationblog.kluwerarbitration.com/2020/01/22/kindergarten-and-conflict-pre-school-leadership-in-conflict-resolution/

Howell R, 2019, It’s not cricket! – But it is a lesson about why apologies matter, http://mediationblog.kluwerarbitration.com/2019/01/22/its-not-cricket-but-it-is-a-lesson-about-why-apologies-matter/

Howell R, 2019, Welcome To The Future: Showcasing The Next Generation of Mediators Stepping Up And Stepping Out, http://mediationblog.kluwerarbitration.com/2019/03/22/welcome-to-the-future-showcasing-the-next-generation-of-mediators-stepping-up-and-stepping-out/

Howell R, 2019, Mining Frank Sander’s Legacy – Triage And More In A Bold Australian Experiment, http://mediationblog.kluwerarbitration.com/2019/05/22/mining-frank-sanders-legacy-triage-and-more-in-a-bold-australian-experiment/

Howell R, 2019, All You Need is Love – More Lessons from the Beatles and from Indigenous Australians, http://mediationblog.kluwerarbitration.com/2019/07/22/all-you-need-is-love-more-lessons-from-the-beatles-and-from-indigenous-australians/

Howell R, 2019, Early intervention – an encouraging case study, http://mediationblog.kluwerarbitration.com/2019/09/22/early-intervention-an-encouraging-case-study/

Howell R, 2019, Embracing the Magic of Conflict, http://mediationblog.kluwerarbitration.com/2019/11/22/embracing-the-magic-of-conflict/

Howell R, 2018, The 13th ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition – Reflections On What It Takes To Be A Winner, http://mediationblog.kluwerarbitration.com/2018/02/22/13th-icc-international-commercial-mediation-competition-reflections-takes-winner/

Howell R, 2018, A Mediation Masterclass With A Difference, http://mediationblog.kluwerarbitration.com/2018/05/22/mediation-masterclass-difference/

Howell R, 2018, Is Mediation Really Like Fruit? – Does The Conflict Have To Be Ripe?, http://mediationblog.kluwerarbitration.com/2018/07/31/mediation-really-like-fruit-conflict-ripe/

Howell R, 2018, Reconnecting with the Power of Symbolism, http://mediationblog.kluwerarbitration.com/2018/09/22/reconnecting-power-symbolism/

Howell R, 2018, Triggering The Narrative – The Power Of Narrative Hooks, http://mediationblog.kluwerarbitration.com/2018/11/22/triggering-the-narrative-the-power-of-narrative-hooks/

UNSW Law Staff Award 'in recognition of [her] significant contribution towards developing, enabling and supporting community and collegiality at the Law School' - 2013

The inaugural LEADR award for 'significant contribution to ADR' - 2013 

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, Negotiation, Facilitation

Teaching Activity

Alternative Dispute Resolution (LAWS3314)

Principled Negotiation (LAWS8980/JURD7480)