Transformative Mediation: A Critique

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Charlie Irvine

University of Strathclyde – Law School

Date Written: 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.

Keywords: mediation, transformative mediation, conflict transformation

JEL Classification: K40

Suggested Citation

Irvine, Charlie, Transformative Mediation: A Critique (September 1, 2007). Available at SSRN: or

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