Transformative Mediation: A Critique

Charlie Irvine

University of Strathclyde – Law School

September 1, 2007

This article was written shortly after the publication of the Second edition of ‘The Promise of Mediation’. The article examines the book and its ideas from the perspective of a UK mediation practitioner. It considers the contribution the book has made to the development of mediation, both as a critical evaluation of existing practice and as an inspiration for practitioners, including the author. It describes three major critiques of The Promise of Mediation before turning to the question: does Transformative Mediation provide a coherent theory of mediation? In answering the question, the article considers what the urge for such a theory tells us about the stage of development of the mediation profession.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 37

Keywords: mediation, transformative mediation, conflict transformation

JEL Classification: K40

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Date posted: October 13, 2010  

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Irvine, Charlie, Transformative Mediation: A Critique (September 1, 2007). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1691847 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1691847

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Charlie Irvine (Contact Author)
University of Strathclyde – Law School ( email )
Graham Hills Building
50 George Street
Glasgow, Scotland G1 1QE
United Kingdom
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