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Mediation Ethics Articles


Proposal for Standard Explanation in Mediation

(6/11/21)John Lande

Since writing my recent short article, Courts Should Make Mediations Good Samaritans Not Frankensteins, I have been thinking about how to maximize the substantial benefits of court-connected mediation while minimizing the risks of coercion.

Mediation and the 4 Agreements

(6/11/21)Rafeena Bacchus

The Four Agreements is based on ancient Toltec wisdom which is said to embody the essential unity of truth and described as a way of life. I believe that if we adopt these Four Agreements they will create enough personal power to change the way we mediate and resolve conflict, leading to better and more satisfying settlements for everyone.

Changing Standards

(6/08/21)Clare Fowler

Mediate.com has been around for over 25 years! During this time we have published thousands of articles, and watched the mediation field grow in numerous unforeseen ways. We have also seen certain mediation standards change and improve.

How to Help Parties With Disabilities Without Discriminating

(6/07/21)Dan Berstein

When we perceive that someone may have a disability, it is common to think about ways to help that person. But assuming that someone needs help is paternalism, and it can be a form of discrimination.

A Mediator’s Take on: Thinking in Bets, by Annie Duke

(6/04/21)Richard Lutringer

I recently came across a 2019 book about poker that has given me new insights into how I can help parties make good decisions in mediation

Diversity at the Mediation Table – How Do We Get There?

(6/04/21)Maria Apostolidou, Melanie Koch

What do you think? Should there be quotas for training courses, universities, or even mediation sessions?

How Can We Understand Everything?

(5/24/21)Cinnie Noble

Miles Davis once said, “If you understood everything I said, you’d be me.”

Full Video Now Posted of Forum on Experiential Training and Mentoring

(5/17/21)Tricia Jones, Forrest (Woody) Mosten

How do we best integrate online mediation and online mediation training with conflict & life coaching, collaborative practice, mentorship, clinics, simulations and video feedback?

Full Video Now Posted of Forum on Standards, Ethics & New Technologies for Online Mediation

(5/08/21)Colin Rule

Join colleagues from around the world for Mediate's Forum on Standards, Ethics & New Technologies for Online Mediation. Among the featured presenters are Colin Rule, Leah Wing, Dan Rainey and Melissa Kucinski.

Diversity and Inclusion: Where Process Equals Purpose

(4/30/21)Kim Keenan

For many, campuses of higher education institutions are where students will develop their identities.

An Alternative to Litigation – Mediation and the Impact of Non-Verbal Communication

(4/30/21)Agnes Kaufman

A skilled mediator will rely on his/her professional expertise to evaluate each mediation's participants and then proceed with the appropriate approach for each mediation session.

Consensus Instrument for Work Relationships

(4/23/21)Celeida Maria Celentano Laporta

In view of this article’s theme, which concerns the management of labor conflicts, we will focus in particular on the legal institute of mediation and its effectiveness.

Full Video Posted of Forum on the Global Growth of Mediation

(4/19/21)Jim Melamed, Forrest (Woody) Mosten

How do we best support the growth of mediation around the world?  This Forum shared the perspectives of panelists from Nigeria, Argentina, Russia and India who compared and contrasted their experiences with online mediation and online training in developing mediation cultures. 

Preparing the Next Generation of Professors of Environmental Studies

(4/16/21)Larry Susskind

This article identifies four approaches to environmental policy-making or problem-solving.

The History of Mediation and Why It Is Still in Use Today

(4/16/21)Jakob Vinther, Thomas Todd

To understand mediation, you must examine the reason behind having a mediator.

20 Ways to Improve UNFCCC Meetings and Climate Change Negotiations

(4/02/21)Kenneth Cloke

In preparation for the next international meeting on climate change in Glasgow in November 2021, it is important to begin thinking together, not only about outcomes, but ways of improving the process of meeting, discussing, and negotiating agreements on climate change.

The Muddy Time

(4/01/21)Elle Rave

Some of us call it the muddy time. It’s the time in between the decision to divorce and when the actual divorce is made final.

A Short Story: How My Friend Destroyed Their Bullies

(3/25/21)Minson Vo

When a friend told me how he overcame a bully, my curiosity peaked, and I asked him to show me how he defused a situation like that.

Peace is Possible

(3/19/21)Daniel Dana

This is a haiku supporting the workers in Hungary as they work toward establishing peace.

ADR Principles and Clergy-Congregation Relations

(3/19/21)Martin Rosenfeld

It is likely that a large majority of clergy who serve congregations are hired, re-hired or terminated by the vote of the individual congregation.

Managing Expectations to Avoid Conflict

(3/19/21)Kathleen Kauth

Expectations are part of living as a human being. If we are in a relationship, we expect to be treated a certain way.

Temporary or Partial Impracticability and Frustration of Purpose and Pandemic Affected Contracts and Leases

(3/19/21)Frank Burke

When the circumstances giving rise to the impracticality or frustration cease to exist, then Section 269 affords a party a reasonable time to resume performance.

Evolution of the Mediation Field: Monthly Conversation Series with Field Leaders

(3/10/21)Colin Rule

As an ongoing Mediate.com Premium Membership benefit, Mediate is now hosting, on a monthly basis, an ongoing series of live online conversations with top mediators and conflict resolvers from around the world.  Here is detailed description of the first 9 live conversations.

Mediating Workplace Sexual Harassment: The Road Less Taken

(3/08/21)Bhavya Mahajan

This piece on mediating workplace sexual harassment cases provides an overview of what the mediation process would entail, the advantages of mediating such cases, and a brief discussion about the Indian perspective as regards workplace sexual harassment.

Domestic Harmony For Better Future Of Our Children

(3/08/21)Veera Mahajan

I remember standing by the wall with my brothers and crying while my father was beating my mother.

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