This Special Issue of the Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal features a selection of papers from the National Mediation Conference 2016 on the theme of “Thought, Innovation and Creativity: The Next Decade”, and includes the following articles: “Solution-focused Family Dispute Resolution” – Fredrike P Bannink; “The Essential Nature of a Collaborative Practice Group for Successful Collaborative Lawyers” – Pauline Collins and Marilyn Scott; “Whose Role is it to Support the Child’s Right to Culture in Australia?” – Bethaina Dababneh; “Beyond Resolution – Conceptualising the Shift from Resolution to Defusion in FDR” – Andi Doerr; “Working with Trans or Gender Diverse, Intersex and/or Non-heterosexual Clients: Advice for Mediators” – Samantha Hardy, Olivia Rundle and Damien W Riggs; “Co-creating Mediation Models: Adapting Mediation Practices when Working across Cultures” – Judith Herrmann and Claire Holland; “Before Mediation: Designing Processes for the Next Decade – Matching Process with the Purpose” – Jill Howieson and Lisanne Iriks; “Voluntas: Volunteer Conflict Management for the Volunteering Sector” – Stephen Lancken and Jay Qin; and “Cutting Edge … Cutting the Cost: The Business Case for Conflict Coaching in a Government Workplace” – Noelene Salmon. It also contains an Editorial: “National Mediation Conference Overview” – Mieke Brandon and Callum Campbell.
The latest Part of the Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal includes the following articles: “Will ADR improve the Australian Taxation Office’s dispute resolution processes?” – Christopher Budd; “Accommodating common mental health issues in mediation” – Rebekah M Doley; “Mediation in the coal-seam gas industry: Improvements made for local stakeholders to grant a social licence” – Danelle Gagliardi; “Was that said with a smile? Factors influencing effective online negotiations” – Claire Holland and Dr Donnalee Taylor; “Should you “lay bare your soul”? The shifting landscape of mediation privilege in New Zealand” – Nina Khouri; “Competing dispute resolution clauses: Arbitration over litigation in Singapore?” – Jasmine Sze Hui Low; and “ADR in VCAT’s guardianship and residential tenancies lists: Room for improvement?” – Claire Thurstans. It also contains Case Notes: “Suing your mediator for negligence; and mediation media watch” – David Spencer.