Mary Walker


Mary has been at the forefront of ADR in Australia for the last 20 years. During this period, as a member of an independent Bar, Mary has arbitrated, mediated, facilitated multi-party and community disputes, designed dispute resolution systems and provided expert appraisal and ombudsman services in respect to thousands of disputes referred by solicitors, industry and government bodies and corporations both domestic and international. Mary is Chair of the ADR Committee of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section and previously of the International Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, is a member of the Supreme Court of New South Wales ADR Committee, a member of the International Mediation Institute Standards Commission and International Mediation Institute Independent Standards Commission Quality Group amongst other bodies.

Mary has also lectured and published extensively in ADR. For example, she wrote the chapter in the Laws of Australia on Expert Determination and the ADR chapter in the Bar Association of NSW, Centenary Essays, No Mere Mouthpiece. She was sponsored by Harvard University to teach mediation with Professor Frank Sander in 1995, appointed Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at Bond University in 2007 to lecture and work with Professor Laurence Boulle, she was a lecturer in Commercial Mediation in the Masters of Law Degree at the University of Sydney (2009), in Mass Torts and Dispute System Design at Stanford University in the United States (April 2012) and lectured in dispute resolution as a member of the Law Faculty of the University of Technology (2014-2015).

Mary was invited by The Hague Institute for Global Justice to join an expert meeting on resolving complex disputes, cross border disputes and the case management of mass disputes (November 2012). Mary is a member of the NSW Bar Council (2011-2016) and a recipient of an Australian Women Leadership Scholarship 2015. Mary is internationally accredited as a mediator and mediator advocate by the International Mediation Institute.