The History of Lawyers and Mediation

  • Bryan Clark


This chapter sets out the historical development of modern mediation as well as the factors which fuelled its emergence from the ADR movement in 1970s USA. It reviews the key role of lawyers in developing mediation along with the early linking of mediation’s promise to the needs of civil court systems and subsequent growth of the process through court annexation. The chapter then maps out the development of lawyers’ interactions with mediation across a range of jurisdictions including through, for example, the introduction of lawyer-led mediation bodies, legal training and educational initiatives in mediation and growing lawyer activity in the mediation field. A snap shot of historical developments in a number of jurisdictions such as the USA, the Common Law world (including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Hong Kong) and Continental Europe (including France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands) is provided. Recent initiatives in mediation introduced by the European Union are also examined.


Dispute Resolution Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediation Programme Family Mediation Civil Dispute 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Strathclyde Law SchoolGlasgowUK

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