n African Journal on Conflict Resolution - A Theory of Mediators’ Ethics: Foundations, rationale, and application - book review

Volume 19 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1562-6997


A Theory of Mediators’ Ethics is Omer Shapira’s attempt at rectifying, in his view, a lack of clear and updated ethical guidance for mediators and theoreticians. Shapira, therefore, assumes the ambitious task of providing various codes of conduct and a guide for how to identify, and understand the content and scope of mediation norms. The author divides the book into three parts with a total of 16 chapters and two appendix sections. The first part, entitled ‘A theory of professional ethics’, expounds on the ethical principles undergirding professionalism which apply to the practice of mediation. The second, ‘A theory of mediators’ ethics’, delves into the content and meaning of the norms of mediators’ ethics. The third and final part, ‘Dealing with ethical problems’, demonstrates the ways in which the theory of mediators’ ethics applies to ethical scenarios mediators confront in their practice.

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