Some of you may already have seen a copy of my new ebook, in which I propose a new paradigm for resolving complex, multi-party environmental disputes. It relies on mediation — not as it has been compromised and incorporated into standard litigation procedures — but as a true and superior alternative to litigation.
Why did I write it?
I wrote it because of what is going on in the world today. Because there is an urgent need for a neutral forum and a fair process in which to investigate, discuss and remedy some of the myriad problems that have adversely affected our natural resources and our quality of living. I wrote it because I’ve seen first hand, over the last 25 years, how environmental mediation provides the participants with greater control over their own destinies and a route to achieve settlement outcomes that are more scientifically sound, more cost effective and which can be reached in a more timely fashion compared to tort style legal adjudication, and which are designed to better the environment.
I wrote it to show how mediation provides a unique opportunity to bring together the parties involved in an environmental problem, their representatives, including scientific experts and environmental regulatory agencies, to intelligently assess the conflict, agree on the testing required, agree on the most effective and least costly remedy, and make informed decisions about a fair and equitable allocation of actual costs of investigation and cleanup among the parties.
The e-book describes the general methodology I’ve developed as well as key steps and issues raised along the way, from initiation to final resolution of environment disputes. It includes the presentation of a basic financial model to illustrate the significant financial benefits to be realized through a mediated process instead of proceeding via traditional litigation. I believe strongly that this new paradigm is much better suited to the culture and concerns endemic to environmental regulation and the related dispute resolution needs—current and future. I also believe that many of the ideas discussed here are directly relevant to other types of complex, multi-party commercial disputes, so the potential advantages and benefits of mediation are far from limited to the environmental field. If you are interested in reading it please fill out the form below in order to download a complimentary copy.