In this section, you will find some background information about mediation and when it is used. Please navigate using the menu at the top or in the side-bar.
New to Mediation?
One of the best official definitions of mediation is in the US Uniform Mediation Act:
“Mediation means any process in which a mediator facilitates communication and negotiation between parties to assist them in reaching a voluntary agreement…”
Mediation is often referred to as part of “ADR” – alternative dispute resolution.
To find out more about mediation, click on the following explanatory links to some leading non-profit bodies:
- ABA Section of Dispute Resolution (North America)http://www.abanet.org/dispute/flash/abadr_gettingtoknowmediation.html
- ADR Community (Hosted by the American Arbitration Association)
- National ADR Advisory Council (Australia)
- Civil Mediation Council UK
- National Mediation Helpline UK
- ‘Making Better Use of Mediation to Resolve Disputes and Manage Difficult Issues‘ by John Sturrock
- ‘The Business Owner’s Dilemma: Arbitration Or Mediation‘ by Jeff Murphy
- ‘FAQ mediation‘by Jean Mirimanoff and Francine Courvoisier (Source: The State of Geneva)
Deciding to Mediate
Mediation is flexible and adaptable. The following links help to understand how and why it works and assist you in making a decision to mediate and finding the right mediator.