The idea of a neutral mediator persists as a critical concept in how we define the mediation process, and yet it has long been acknowledged as a controversial and flawed notion. Efforts to address the theoretical and practical dilemmas that neutrality creates have failed to make a lasting impression. Neutrality remains an unsatisfactory concept that mediation cannot seem to do without. This article argues that a possible way forward for the mediation community can be found in enforceable professional ethics for mediators. This position is grounded in the argument that the legitimacy of mediation should rest on a strong ethical paradigm, rather than on an unworkable concept such as mediator neutrality.
"Ethics for a mediation ‘profession’: an answer to the neutrality dilemma?,"
ADR Bulletin: Vol. 10
, Article 2.
Available at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/adr/vol10/iss2/2