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Mediation in the Construction Industry

An International Review, 1st Edition

Edited by Penny Brooker, Suzanne Wilkinson


224 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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The application of construction dispute procedures has changed dramatically in the last decade. This has resulted in an increased use of Alternative Dispute Resolution in many countries, and mediation in particular. Construction is one of the major industries using mediation, in the UK and in many other countries such as the US, China, Australia and New Zealand. This expansion in mediation has been helped by encouragement from governments, although it takes diverse forms in different legal jurisdictions, for example: court rules to encourage this use (as in the US and UK); the courts’ own mediation schemes or programmes, or legislation-backed programmes; or the use of industry driven mediation clauses in standard form contracts.

These developments have taken place extremely rapidly. They represent significant changes to the legal environment within which the international construction industry conducts its business but, to date, there has been little research on their impact. All these initiatives have inevitably led to a developing legal jurisprudence concerned with the validity of contract clauses or with providing statutory interpretation of the rules requiring or governing practice. This has important consequences for the construction industry because legal uncertainty increases the likelihood of dispute, which is not only costly for the disputants but can be damaging to national and global economies.

This book identifies the emerging international practices within construction mediation, and seeks solutions to the many legal and commercial challenges which they pose. It presents an international collection of reviews by experts, and allows a comparative commentary on the practice of construction mediation and the legal challenges facing its development.


"…a useful addition to construction and legal libraries in providing a basis for understanding dispute resolution in several jurisdictions. In particular, it is a useful reference for legal aspects of mediation, especially in the UK, and so, very helpful for students undertaking courses on construction and the built environment."

-Construction Management and Economics

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: International Review of Construction Mediation

Chapter 2: Construction Mediation in Australia

Chapter 3: Construction Mediation in Germany

Chapter 4: Construction Mediation in Hong Kong

Chapter 5: Construction Mediation in Malaysia

Chapter 6: Construction Mediation in New Zealand

Chapter 7: Construction Mediation in South Africa

Chapter 8: Construction Mediation in Turkey

Chapter 9: Construction Mediation in UK (England and Wales)

Chapter 10: Conclusion: Review of International Mediation Practises and Key Legal Challenges

About the Editors

Penny Brooker is a Reader in Alternative Dispute Resolution and mediation at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. Suzanne Wilkinson is Associate Professor at The University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Jointly, they are coordinators of TG 68, the international task group for construction mediation of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB), part of CIB’s Working Commission W113 on Law and Dispute Resolution.

About the Series


This series consists of a carefully selection of state-of-the-art research books derived from CIB activities.

CIB, the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, was established in 1953 to stimulate and facilitate international cooperation and information exchange between governmental research institutes in the building and construction sector, with an emphasis on those institutes engaged in technical fields of research.

CIB has since developed into a world-wide network of over 5000 experts from about 500 member organisations active in the research community, in industry or in education, who cooperate and exchange information in over 50 CIB Commissions and Task Groups covering all fields in building and construction related research and innovation.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Construction
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General