Author Archives: Rebecca Carroll-Bell

Mediation, a love story

My name is Rebecca Carroll-Bell; I call myself the Everyday Mediator because a lot of what I do, and the tools and techniques I teach, are just as useful in everyday life as in formal mediation and conflict resolution scenarios. I have always been a peace maker. I am always the one to try to […]

Creating a model for “structured peer-based reflection on mediation cases” in practice

  Introduction On 1 July 2015 the revised National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS) came into effect. The revised NMAS replaced the Practice Standards and the Approval Standards previously in effect, and referred to collectively as the Australian National Mediator Standards (ANMS). One difference between the ANMS and the revised MNAS was the ongoing education and […]

Vaccination and the law – resolving disputes over medical treatments.

Did you know that Australian courts can order that a child be vaccinated or given other medical treatments, overruling the consent of one or both parents, and even overruling the child’s own refusal? Last week ABC’s Law Report host Damian Carrick and his guest, Professor Cameron Stewart of University of Sydney Law School looked at […]

Play Ball! Houston Astros, Rockets and CSN in mediation.

Earlier this month officers of the Houston Astros baseball team, Houston Rockets basketball team, and cable TV network Comcast SportsNet (CSN) gathered for their third mediation session within several weeks. The mediator, US District Court Judge Lynn Hughes, is working with the parties to untangle financial and media rights disputes which were brought to a […]

The importance of being impartial

Last week I was struck by a headline stating a mediator had “sided with” a party in a dispute. Of course, it turned out that the mediator in question was actually acting as a Special Magistrate; however, the idea of a partial mediator was unsettling. The National Mediation Accreditation Standards require a mediator to “conduct […]

That’s not mediation!

“Mediator appears to side with teachers union in contract impasse”   This recent headline from a Florida newspaper caught my eye and got me thinking – “Why is the mediator taking sides? S/he should withdraw from the process and have a neutral mediator appointed immediately!” The “mediator” is Scott Milinski, a member of the US […]

5 mediation myths busted

Why mediate? What stops businesses from mediating disputes? These were some of the questions posed to an expert panel at the ICC Mediation Rules Launch last week. The most obvious reason to mediate is because it is efficient. Over 74% of matters filed with the ICC ADR program reach settlement once a mediator has been engaged. […]