What Is Mediation?

Mediation, a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR),
also refers to appropriate dispute resolution, and aims to
assist two (or more) disputants in reaching an agreement.
The disputes may involve states, organizations,
communities, individuals or other representatives with a
vested interest in the outcome.

It is a non-adversarial approach to conflict resolution. The
role of the mediator is to facilitate communication between
the parties, assist them in focusing on the real issues of the dispute, and generate options that meet
the interests or needs of all relevant parties in an effort to resolve the conflict.

Mediators use appropriate techniques and/or skills to open and/or improve dialogue between
disputants, aiming to help the parties reach an agreement (with concrete effects) on the disputed
matter. Normally, all parties must view the mediator as impartial.

Disputants may use mediation in a variety of disputes, such as commercial, legal, diplomatic,
workplace, community and family matters.