Medical Negligence Dispute Resolution: A Role for Facilitative Mediation and Principled Negotiation?
The University of Sydney Law School
Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, Vol. 20, No. 2, pp. 77-87, 2009
This article critically examines the potential of using facilitative mediation and principled negotiation to resolve medical negligence disputes. It argues that such methods of dispute resolution are a better means of resolving these complex disputes, in contrast to the conventional use of settlement negotiations, positional bargaining and litigation, since they are inherently capable of addressing the non-financial needs and interests of the parties directly involved in the dispute. However, the article also recognizes there can be problems with using these methods of dispute resolution due to the complex power relations between the parties involved. Nevertheless, it ultimately concludes that the benefits of using facilitative mediation and principled negotiation outweigh their possible limitations in the medical negligence arena.
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Date posted: May 26, 2010 ; Last revised: September 14, 2011