Playing the Mediation Language Game

Jonathan Crowe

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This post presents an overview of a paper by myself and Rachael Field which I presented at the recent ADR Research Network Roundtable, entitled ‘Learning to Play the Language Game: Confronting the Hidden Challenges of Family Mediation’.

Mediation is becoming more and more prominent as a mode of dispute resolution in family law matters. There are many benefits that can be claimed for mediation as a mode of resolving family disputes, including its informality, flexibility and less confrontational nature. These benefits make mediation a potentially suitable method for resolving many types of post-separation issues. However, even while offering parties the opportunity of consensual, non-adversarial dispute resolution, mediation can also present them with significant challenges.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAustralian Dispute Resolution Research Network Blog
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sept 2015


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