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Assembled from Dispute Resolution Journal - the flagship publication of the American Arbitration Association - the chapters in the Handbook have all, where necessary, been revised and updated prior to publication. The book is succinct, comprehensive and a practical introduction to the use of mediation, written by leading practitioners and scholars. The Handbook begins with a thorough introduction into the practice of mediation and offers advice and strategies in preparing for and conducting successful mediations. It explores the use of mediator evaluations, (i.e. opinions as to the likely outcome or value of legal claims), reframing (i.e. restating or rephrasing statements of conflict), risk analysis, the underlying psychology and bridging of cultural gaps, among many other areas included to assist mediators in achieving the best results.
Attorneys are provided with guidance on establishing a mediation practice, preparing clients for mediation, negotiation tactics, and how to answer a client’s questions regarding the process of mediation. It discusses confidentiality and ethics in mediation and also addresses the use of mediation in specific types of disputes, such as business to business matters, construction, medical malpractice, governmental agencies including environmental agencies, and in the workplace. Lastly, it touches on various mediation issues as they arise in the legal system.
The chapters were selected from an extensive body of writings and, in the main, represent world-class assessments of mediation. All the major facets of the field are addressed and provide the reader with comprehensive and accurate information, lucid evaluations, and an indication of future developments. They not only acquaint, but also ground the reader in the field.