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Authors

Richard Birke

Abstract

Extract:

Mediation in the United States has changed dramatically over the past 50 years. Mediators have proliferated and mediation is provided by large private organisations, court systems and by a vast array of private providers. The process is used to resolve tax disputes, criminal disputes, civil disputes, family law disputes, and corporate disputes, among others. The population of mediators and the use of mediation in new areas is growing, as are the variations in approach and the urge to regulate the field. Of particular importance is the variation in approaches to mediation confidentiality.

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