Contents this month
The Office of the Public Mediator
The Brent Spar, the giant oil storage buoy that in 1996
was at the centre of a row between its owners Royal Dutch Shell
and Greenpeace, led to a dialogue process that is now seen as the
coming of age of stakeholder dialogue.
In the current issue of the journal of the Chartered Institute
of Arbitrators Andrew Acland, who was involved in the Brent Spar
dialogue process, discusses the resolution of disputes in its
various settings: legal, commercial and public. He looks at how
these relate to conventional public consultation processes and
argues for a more official role for mediators in the UK.
We are reproducing this compelling article in full as a PDF file
that you can download
here and would welcome your comments.