Category Creating lasting agreements

Local Miner lashes out.

Positions and Interests: mediation in WA over mining plant and equipment  Image from vanadiuminvestingnews.com Resource investment group Atlantic Ltd and Australian based mining company Mineral Resources Ltd (MRL) are headed for “contractual mediation” in relation to the “crushing, milling and beneficiation (CMB) plant” at Windimurra, WA. According to Atlantic, it has spent over $20 million […]

3 tips to prepare for mediation – not just for family law disputes!

Mediation is not just for divorcing couples and warring parents. From fencing disputes to workplace conflict, mediation is used to resolve disputes in almost any area of the law or human relations. You do not need to have filed court proceedings or engaged lawyers to have a mediator facilitate your discussions; in fact, many people […]

Fostering trust in mediation

US Secretary of State John Kerry has been dispatched to Jerusalem to mediate the ongoing conflicts between Israel and the Palestinian Authority; but over half the Israelis polled earlier this month do not trust Kerry to act as an impartial mediator (source: FOCUS News Agency). I have written before about the importance of truthfulness in mediation […]

Responses to the Indonesian phone-tapping scandal; what Abbott could learn from mediation

Parties to a mediation tend to come in to the process with deeply entrenched positions. In the context of mediation, ‘positions’ means things the party wants, demands, insists upon doing or refuses to do. Positions are usually concrete and absolute. By focusing on positions, the party starts with a solution rather than an exploration of […]

Can mediation help change kids’ behaviour?

Brandon Mayhue, 15, talks with his math teacher, Wendy Winston, at Alger Middle School on Monday, October 28, 2013. Alger is one of three Grand Rapids Public Schools which will pilot a restorative justice program, in which disciplinary issues will be mediated instead of students being suspended. The other schools in the pilot are Campus […]

Barriers to mediation: keeping secrets

image via wikipedia At the start of a mediation the parties and mediator establish the “ground rules” for the mediation process. One of the most important rules is truthfulness – being truthful with each other and the mediator and disclosing all matters relevant to the dispute. Sometimes it can be hard to know what matters are […]