Helen Bishop


This is the first part of a two-part article adapted from a research paper. The author’s research looked at the question: could ADR processes be used to assist Indigenous Australians overcome abject disadvantage and solve problems concerning themselves? She identified five themes from her research to construct a picture of how Indigenous people might be more involved in decisions concerning their own lives: (1) natural justice; (2) alternative dispute resolution; (3) culturally effective communication; (4) policy framework; and (5) moving forward.

Part 1 of this article discusses themes (1) to (4). In Part 2 she suggests how Indigenous Australians might be able to overcome their problems. It will appear in a future issue of the ADR Bulletin.