Mediation

Do you ever find yourself returning again and again to a favourite saying? A phrase that just seems to capture the heart of the matter so perfectly that it works for many similar situations?    A turn of phrase is a way of expressing something, in...

Dispute resolution is not restricted to the human world. We have heard the expression "it's a dog eat dog world". In fact, this phrase originates from a Latin phrase which translates to "dogs do not eat dogs". This implies that only people driven by survival...

Imagine a world free from bias? It would likely be a world without humans. Like it or not, cognitive biases are very much a part of humanity. As much as we may tell ourselves that we will enter negotiations with an open mind and evaluate offers...

Originally published as a paper, read in full [PDF]. All too frequently, I attend mediations and I am asked by one side or the other or both to “work your magic”. It is my theory that neither magic acts nor miracles occur at mediation. Magic acts...

I have been mulling over this paper in my mind for some time. One of my colleagues is very much opposed to the expression “compromise” as she believes it has negative connotations. This led me to go to the source of all wisdom, the Internet,...

“I’ll see you in court!” How many times have you heard that line on television shows or in movies as a set-up to a climactic courtroom showdown between two sides in a legal dispute? In reality, most lawsuits and civil actions are settled prior to...

Cooper Mediation