Mediation – Seven fundamental questions

Date of this Version

January 2001

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

This document has been peer reviewed.

Wade, John (2001) Mediation – Seven fundamental questions. Svensk Jurist Tidning, Hafte 7, pp. 571-577 (Sweden).

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In parts of many countries, mediation is a commonly used process for managing and resolving conflict. In many other places, mediation is virtually unknown in both practice and theory. People confuse mediation with meditation or medication. Why do these interesting anthropological variations exist? Why are the various forms of mediation relatively uncommon in Sweden?

A vast and growing literature is available on conflict management and mediation. This short comment will outline seven fundamental and recurring questions about mediation. Similar questions can be asked helpfully about every profession, including lawyering, plumbing and judging. Every lawyer should be able to answer these seven basic questions from enquiring clients, or from other lawyers.

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