n South African Medical Journal - Mediation - an alternative to litigation in medical malpractice : guest editorial

Volume 104, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Interestingly, by the end of the communist era in China there were only 10 000 lawyers serving the needs of that entire nation. But that did not mean people were without justice. Confucius said a lot of things, and his take on the legal side of life was spot on. Adherence to Confucianism, with the core values of 'perfect virtue, middle ground and authority admiration [respect]', is still part of Chinese culture today. Positioned in every community were people whose task it was to resolve conflict as it arose. Reportedly, there was one counsellor for every 100 souls throughout the country. While one can speculate as to how these disputes were resolved, what is interesting is that the community developed a system that essentially ensured justice for all.

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