What is a Mediator?


A mediator is a person who assists parties with their negotiations by managing and guiding the negotiation process.

Those negotiations usually relate to a conflict or dispute.

The mediator is neutral and independent of the parties.

The mediator is not the advocate for any party but is appointed for the joint benefit of the parties.

Generally, the mediator does not tell the parties what agreement they should reach. The mediator is usually content that the parties reach whatever agreement they see fit.

The mediator has no power to impose an outcome on the parties, although may sometimes recommend one.

It is generally expected that the mediator will have been trained in mediation theory and practice. It is also expected that the mediator be accredited by a mediation professional body.

The mediator is expected to adhere to high ethical and professional standards. For example, the mediator must be honest and fair, and scrupulously adhere to the rules applicable to the mediation concerned.

Mediators use varying models or styles of mediation, depending on their training, personal attributes and preferences, and the subject matter of the mediation at hand.

Some mediators work full time as mediators, but many are part time, devoting the remainder of their professional lives to other occupational pursuits.

See also:

What is mediation?

The benefits of mediation

Is mediation suited to your dispute?

What is the difference between mediation and arbitration?

What is the difference between mediation and facilitation?

Family Dispute Resolution (FDR)

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