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Mediation in Australia

Mediation in Australia

Boulle, L; Field, R, 2018

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A comprehensive treatment of the theory, principles and practice of mediation


Format: Paperback


Mediation in Australia focuses on key themes and issues that are essential knowledge for effective mediation practice, including the established place of mediation in the contemporary practice of law; the core values and theories that underlie mediation; mediation procedure and the roles of those involved; the elements of modern mediation practice in Australia; and the laws and court decisions that regulate aspects of the mediation process. Attention is also given to the important issues of quality, standards and accountability in mediation, the future directions of mediation practice and relevant comparative developments in the field.

As author of three editions of the ground-breaking work Mediation Principles, Process, Practice Laurence Boulle brings to this new work more than 20 years of experience in mediation and dispute resolution practice, scholarship and analysis. Rachael Field, a prolific scholar, joins the author team, contributing to a revised and refreshed treatment of mediation in Australia and abroad. The work builds on the foundations of its predecessors in a new, more concise format.

This book has been written for teachers and students of mediation, those who practise in the field, and judges, lawyers and other law officials involved in considering the many legal facets of mediation practice. It complements Boulle and Alexander’s LexisNexis Skills Series — Mediation Skills and Techniques.



• Provides key information to support mediation practice
• Authoritative author team
• Aligns with mediation standards to support the accreditation process
• Develops up-to-date understanding of practice issues


Related Titles

Alexander, Howieson & Fox, Negotiation: Strategy Style Skills, 3rd ed, 2015
Boulle & Alexander, LexisNexis Skills Series: Mediation ‒ Skills and Techniques, 2nd ed, 2012
Boulle & Field, Australian Dispute Resolution: Law and Practice, 2017
Condliffe, Conflict Management: A Practical Guide, 5th ed, 2016
Holmes & Brown, The International Arbitration Act 1974: A Commentary, 2nd ed,
Legg (ed), Resolving Civil Disputes, 2017


Laurence Boulle AM is Adjunct Professor at Bond University and ACU, Sydney, and Bell Wiese Professor of Legal Ethics at Newcastle Law School. He is a practising mediator and FDRP, co-chair of the Australian Dispute Resolution Association, Chair of the National Mediation Conference Board and past chair of NADRAC and the Mediator Standards Board.

Rachael Field Rachael is a Professor in the Law School at Bond University, co-director of the Bond Dispute Resolution Centre, a member of the Executive of the Centre for Professional Legal Education and co-founder of the Australian Dispute Resolution Research Network. She is an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the 2013 Queensland Woman Lawyer of the Year.

Table of Contents

Ch 1 Identifying Mediation
Ch 2 Values and Objectives of Mediation
Ch 3 Mediation Procedures
Ch 4 Roles and Functions in Mediation
Ch 5 Comparative Perspectives on Mediation
Ch 6 Expanding the Mediation Knowledge Base
Ch 7 Mediation, Justice and the Legal System
Ch 8 Mediation Quality and Ethics: Training, Standards and Accreditation
Ch 9 Mediation in Courts and Tribunals
Ch 10 Confidentiality, Privacy and Privilege in Mediation
Ch 11 Mediator Liability and Immunity
Ch 12 Authors Unplugged

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