COLLECTIONS / Ethics in ADR

"Understanding fairness and neutrality is central to success in mediation and negotiation, whether you’re an ADR provider or someone involved in a dispute. That’s because we all have a real need for fairness."
"Fairness & Neutrality in Mediation" by Scott van Soye

Issues of ethics are basic to ADR -- of course, there are conduct standards. But ethics also affect acceptable resolutions. Some negotiators happily deceive, people often refuse free money  if they feel the distribution isn’t fair, and almost everyone will cheat – but not too much. Trust increases with a handshake, and while confidentiality is inherent in mediation, even it has limits.