Tag Archives: negotiation

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 […]

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 […]

Tim Gunn: fashion consultant, television personality, actor, and mediator?

One of my favourite “reality” TV shows – in fact one of the few I watch – is Project Runway. Filmed in New York, the show pits aspiring designers against each other with seemingly impossible sewing challenges, with each episode culminating in a runway show and elimination. Like many such shows, the contestants are housed […]

Defining the dispute

I was recently asked my opinion on a dispute between members of a local association, who were unhappy about past committee decisions; and the association’s current committee members. As I asked questions about the dispute – how it arose, what they wanted to achieve from the mediation process, and who would participate – it became […]