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Athabasca University

Archie Zariski

Professor, Legal Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences



  • B.A. (Alberta)
  • LL.B. (Alberta)
  • LL.M. (York University)
  • Grad. Dip. Higher Education (University of New South Wales)


After receiving my law degree I practiced litigation in Edmonton as an associate and partner for 15 years. In 1989 I returned to university and obtained a Masters in Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. My thesis concerned theoretical and practical aspects of dispute resolution. In 1991 I joined the faculty of Murdoch University Law School in Perth, Western Australia where I taught in the Law and Legal Studies programs. At Murdoch I designed and coordinated courses in the dispute resolution area including Negotiation and Mediation. I was trained as a mediator in Australia and Canada and mediated for the Citizens Advice Bureau in Perth. I also trained mediators for the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia. After returning to Canada in 2005 I have acted as a volunteer mediator for the Mediation and Restorative Justice Centre in Edmonton and was appointed in 2012 as a part time member of the Federal Public Service Staffing Tribunal. My research interests are in the area of mediation and conflict resolution.

Updated February 25 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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