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Mediation Ethics Articles


Worry About Hornets

(11/08/19)Ronald S. Kraybill

On September 11, 2019, President Trump warned about what America would do if attacked again.

Have Faith in Another’s Honesty!

(11/08/19)Phyllis Pollack

In any given mediation, I am often asked whether I think the other party is telling the “truth”, can she be “trusted”?

Mediation and the Principle of Emergence

(11/08/19)Greg Rooney

Charlie Irvine in his recent Kluwer blog (Mediation Values: Still Searching) suggested it is our values that determine what we do or say in a mediation rather than any techniques we learn as mediators.

ACR Taskforce on Safety: Recommended Guidelines -- Part 1 in Series

(11/07/19)Stephen Kotev

The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Taskforce on Safety in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has drafted the ADR Safety Planning to promote the safety of practitioners and participants in ADR processes. This is part 1 in the series--discussing the ideology and process approach of the Taskforce.

Arbitration Jurisprudence Takes Strange Turn

(10/25/19)F. Peter Phillips

The twisted course of arbitration jurisprudence in New Jersey has taken yet another peculiar detour.

California’s Yolo Superior Court Launches New Online Dispute Resolution Program

(10/25/19)Nicole Wilmet

California’s Yolo County Superior Court has launched a new online dispute resolution (ODR) program to resolve debt and money due cases.

Can We Ever Deal With Unconscious Bias?

(10/25/19)Arran Heal

Having mature, self-aware conversations takes a good level of skills – what we call Conversational Intelligence.

New California Law Prohibits Pre-Dispute Employment Arbitration Agreements

(10/18/19)Andrew Garcia

California last week enacted a new law that prohibits employers from requiring job applicants, or any existing employee, to enter into pre-dispute arbitration agreements as a condition of employment.

Message Gleaned About Conflict From a Tweet

(10/11/19)Cinnie Noble

A few months ago, I posted a quote on Twitter that a colleague sent me because she thought I’d like it. And I do.

7 Benefits of Mediation Programs in Higher Education Institutions

(10/10/19)Kayla Matthews

There are many forms of mediation and environments in which they occur, but a place that proves extremely beneficial for mediation takes place in an educational setting.

Transforming the Healer-I

(10/04/19)Ronald S. Kraybill

How can we assist the healing of a broken world when we ourselves are far from healed?

What I Wished I Had Known: Lessons from Mediation and Life

(10/03/19)Susan Raines

After more than 16,500 mediations inside and outside of the court system, dozens of organizational interventions, executive coaching, and overall collaborative problem solving, I have learned some hard lessons about what works and what doesn’t.

The Roots of Intolerance and Opposition to Compromise: The Effects of Absolutism on Political Attitudes

(10/01/19)Noah Shaw

With increasing political polarization in the United States, political absolutists are halting the practice of compromise and collaboration for their Congressional representatives.

Why Mediation, Why Me?

(9/30/19)Steven Goldman

Why should I choose mediation to deal with conflict?

Mediation in Domestic Violence Case: Whether to Use or Not to Use? – An Indian Perspective

(9/21/19)Sandeep Bhalothia

In this article, I aim to identify two opposite interests associated with the settlement of domestic violence cases, and look at the Indian law to see how those two interests are equitably balanced, therefore, providing a recommended way forward, not necessarily a perfect one, to handle cases related to domestic violence.

Culture Differences

(9/20/19)Phyllis Pollack

During a recent discussion of ethics, I asked whether it would be proper to hide information.

A Dent in the Universe

(9/16/19)Bruce Edwards

What have we learned from the mediators working tirelessly to promote the institutional and cultural changes necessary to implement mediation within their home countries?

Pouring a Little Psychological Cold Water on ODR

(9/12/19)Beth Graham

In her scholarly work, Professor Sternlight looks at the potential good and bad aspects of online dispute resolution (“ODR”).

The African Promise

(9/12/19)Hiro Aragaki

Diversity in ADR is an important topic of late.

How to Really Stop Discrimination by Class

(9/12/19)Arran Heal

Discrimination is a tightening net of issues and demands around HR.

India’s Internet Citizens Can Finally Settle Online!

(9/07/19)Jonathan Rodrigues

This millennial generation demands quick, accessible and tech-ridden supply of solutions to all its needs. How, then, does this generation remain indifferent and accommodating of the traditionally inefficient court system?

Minding Your Tongue: How to Recover from a Slip and Fail

(9/06/19)Jacqueline Burnett-Brown

Whether it is a minor slip of the tongue or an entire foot in the mouth, either can lead to some uncomfortable moments followed by the instinct to explain what was “really meant.”

Divorce Done Differently!

(9/06/19)Denise French

As soon as you begin to contemplate divorce, the nauseating, panic-attack-inducing realization of losing half of your net worth kicks in and you find yourself wondering if it’s even worth it to consider leaving if you’re just going to end up broke and starving.

Conflict: Blown Out of Proportion

(8/30/19)Cinnie Noble

It happens, at times, that our conflicts get blown out of proportion.

Educating the Next Generation in Resolving Social Media Disputes

(8/05/19)Gregg Relyea

Educating the next generation about conflict resolution skills--early in life--is essential on many levels.

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