This is not to argue against core principles. There is, I think, a consensus on these: responsible and fair dealing, disclosure of personal conflicts, good faith, diligence, impartiality, confidentiality, and, certainly, honesty and integrity. I take these ethical requirements to be the sine qua non of professional mediation practice; the primary representations to be made prior to, and, indeed, to be adhered to in the course of mediation. SPIDR attempted to codify these values in its Ethical Standards of Professional Responsibility, which were adopted by the SPIDR Board in 1986 and confirmed in 1991. What we in mediation practice are debating are program goals and priorities on the one hand and critical process qualities on the other, including the fundamental quality of mediation as a process responsive to, and driven by, the parties involved
Easier Said than Done: Resolving Ethical Dilemmas in Policy and Practice,
1994 J. Disp. Resol.
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