The Mediation Techniques Subcommittee of the International Bar Association was established to offer mediators from around the world the opportunity to share their practical expertise. It was felt that this would be particularly attractive to mediators from smaller jurisdictions where training may be offered by a limited number of providers and accordingly practice may be developing an undesirable uniformity of style. We have also started to invite high profile academics to the IBA Annual Conference to give a wider number of practitioners the opportunity of learning from them.
We decided to put together a book because although there are many books about mediation most of them concentrate on a single topic or have a bias towards the theoretical or philosophical. We felt that there was a need for a practical collection of tips from and for practising mediators of different styles facing different sorts of issues. We wanted it to be usable by mediators at an early stage in their career but to contain sufficient variety to still be interesting to more experienced mediators. (...)