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Dr. Julie Macfarlane

Dr. Julie Macfarlane is Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Windsor and Professor of the Practice at the Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame.

She 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. 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 which was published in its 3rd edition in 2010.

In 2012 Julie published Islamic Divorce in North America : Choosing a Shari’a Path in a Secular Society (Oxford University Press) based on four years of empirical research.

Julie’s most recent research project is with self-represented litigants in family and civil court in three Canadian provinces (The National Self-Represented Litigants Research Study; Final Report May 2013 available at

This work is continuing as the National Self-Represented Litigants Project with a mandate for continuing research, resource development and promoting dialogue and collaboration among all justice system actors and users in response to the enormous rise in the number of people representing themselves. The new site is about to go “live” and can be accessed at

Julie has won numerous awards for her work including the International Academy of Mediators’ Award of Excellence (2005) Scholar of the Year at the University of Windsor (2011), and the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding Scholar of the Year (2011).

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