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Journal of Mediation Theory and Practice Back Issues: 2017-1

Journal of Mediation Theory and Practice Back Issues: 2017-1

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The back issue(s) for the year above for the Journal - Mediation Theory and Practice.

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Contents for 2017-1

Research Article: The gatekeepers: The role of lawyers in the New Zealand commercial mediation marketGrant Morris, Victoria University of Wellington. Mediation is one form of dispute resolution used in resolving commercial disputes in New Zealand. Lawyers play a key role as gatekeepers to commercial mediation. This article explores the role that these gatekeepers are playing in the New Zealand private commercial mediation market. The findings are based on a survey and interviews carried out in late 2015 and early 2016. Prior to this study there was no comprehensive information on the attitude of New Zealand commercial lawyers to mediation. The evidence reported in this article suggests that lawyers are very aware of commercial mediation, and support it, but largely on their own terms. They are not undermining it. In fact, lawyers believe they are contributing positively to the mediation process. Clients have a more limited knowledge of mediation but usually follow their lawyer’s recommendations. Thus lawyers play a key role as gatekeepers to commercial mediation. The main reason lawyers recommend mediation is cost (i.e. it is cheaper than litigation). Lawyers prefer legally trained mediators with experience and a good reputation. Lawyers report high mediation settlement rates and high overall quality of mediations. Overall, the ‘gatekeepers’ are generally happy with the standard of commercial mediation in New Zealand. However, mediation exists to serve the clients, not the gatekeepers. The views of actual users are necessary to complete the picture of the New Zealand commercial mediation market.

Mediation through an intercultural communication lens  by Siobhan Brownlie, University of Manchester. The article examines intercultural communication theory for the purpose of considering to what extent this theory may be useful to mediation practitioners and researchers. Early theory associated with Edward T. Hall and Geert Hofstede, which posits cultural differences associated with national groups, has been very influential in intercultural training, including training for mediators. A second area of theorisation is prescriptive. This includes two very different but related approaches: theorisation about intercultural competence, and social justice approaches. The uses and drawbacks of Hofstedian and prescriptive approaches for mediators are considered. Two further intercultural communication theories are explored. ‘Small culture’, as theorized by Adrian Holliday, is about the developing norms and practices in a possibly ephemeral group. Intercultural discursive practice, of which a major exponent is Zhu Hua, comprises two key areas: examining how participants in an interaction ascribe cultural categories to one another, and how they negotiate cultural matters. It is proposed that ‘small culture’ and intercultural discursive approaches could be productive for culture-focused mediation researchers as well as useful for trainers and practitioners.

Practice ArticleMeditation skills for the mediation process: Complementary practices and epistemological considerations Jerry E. Gale, University of Georgia. This paper presents how meditation practices can be used throughout the mediation process. Skills for both mediators and disputants are presented. Additionally, different epistemological frameworks for mediation and meditation are provided and discussed. A postmodern critique of neoliberal ideals of individuals as objective and stable units independent of social context is presented. An approach of mediation and relational meditation is offered that acknowledges and incorporates cultural, historical, racial, gendered and other discourses as critical aspects to consider as the mediator facilitates alternative narratives and new relational positions for the participants. Regardless of one’s epistemological frameworks, this paper presents skills for all participants in the mediation process to practice deep listening, respectful communication, mindfulness and flexibility for achieving new resolutions.

Policy Article: Regulating civil mediation in England and Wales: Towards a ‘win–win’ outcome by Mike Whitehouse, University of HullCivil mediation in Britain has rapidly moved away from being an option, for private choice, to becoming increasingly a compulsory or near-compulsory part of the public justice system. But regulation of the mediation industry remains minimal, and undertaken on an essentially private, self-regulatory basis. This raises a perception or actuality of risk that mediation and its regulation may better serve the interests of stakeholders in the mediation industry than the individual citizen who may come to mediation as a one-off player with no available alternative dispute resolution mechanism. This article argues that there are ‘public interest’ values and expectations of a constitutional and democratic nature at stake here which require recognition and protection via an effective and credible regulatory regime. It concludes that such a solution may in reality serve the interests both of the mediation industry and those individuals who may come into contact with it, offering a ‘win–win’ outcome.

Note: Complete Sets of Back Issues for the Journal up to 2023 are available here (8 issues).

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