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Besaiso, H, Fenn, P and Emsley, M (2016) Alternative dispute resolution in Palestine: the myth and dilemma of construction mediation. International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, 8(03), 269-86.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: adjudication; construction disputes; dispute resolution; expert evaluation; mediation; Palestine
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  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLBE-12-2015-0021
  • Abstract:
    Purpose This paper aims to investigate the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques in the Palestinian construction industry. It also seeks to identify some of the drivers and barriers to the greater use of particular ADR techniques. Design/methodology/approach In this study, 12 semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with senior ADR practitioners comprising nine construction professionals, two eminent lawyers and a retired judge. Findings This research has explored the practices of mediation, adjudication and expert evaluation in the Palestinian construction industry and has identified deficiencies in implementation and the roles that the cultural and legal contexts play in this. The research findings cast some doubt on the results of previous studies asserting the widespread use of construction mediation. Originality/value This paper contributes to knowledge by bringing new insight into the practice of particular ADR techniques in the Palestinian construction industry and in identifying challenges to the more widespread adoption of these ADR techniques. This paper exposes the myth of the popularity of construction mediation and the dilemma to the use of mediation brought by the social construction and conceptualisation of the mediator’s role.