Mediation: the terminological debate

Date of this Version

January 1994

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Interim status: Citation only

Wade, John (1994). Mediation: the terminological debate. Australian Dispute Resolution Journal , Vol. 5, Iss. 3, pp. 204-209.

The Australian Dispute Resolution Journal is now titled the Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal.


‘Mediation’ is a slippery concept – a feature it shares in common with many conceptual and behavioural categories including lawyering and psychology. Repetitive debates rage over what are the features of real, pure, classical or sound mediation and what are the hybrid add-ons. This article briefly addresses the multiple meanings of the concept of ‘mediation’ and some reasons for the continued interest in terminology.

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