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The Discourses of Dispute Resolution


Edited By Vijay K. Bhatia, Christopher N. Candlin and Maurizio Gotti

This volume presents some of the findings from a project on various aspects of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), including conciliation, mediation, and arbitration. To study the discursive practices of ADR today, an international initiative has been undertaken by a group of specialists in discourse analysis, law, and arbitration from more than twenty countries. The chapters in this volume draw on discourse-based data (narrative, documentary and interactional) to investigate the extent to which the ‘integrity’ of ADR principles is maintained in practice, and to what extent there is an increasing level of influence from litigative processes and procedures. The primary evidence for such practices comes from textual and discourse-based studies, ethnographic observations, and narratives of experience on the part of experts in the field, as well as on the part of some of the major corporate stakeholders drawn from commercial sectors.


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Notes on Contributors PATRIZIA ANESA is a doctoral student at the Department of English Studies, University of Verona, Italy. Her research interests lie mostly in the area of specialised discourse, with particular reference to legal language and courtroom communication. She is currently focusing on the exploration of spoken interaction in jury trials as well as in arbitra- tion practices. She is also particularly interested in the applications of Critical Discourse Analysis and Conversation Analysis to LSP. VIJAY BHATIA is a Visiting Professor in the Department of English at the City University of Hong Kong. Some of his recent research pro- jects include Analyzing Genre-bending in Corporate Disclosure Do- cuments, and International Arbitration Practice: A Discourse Analy- tical Study, in which he leads research teams from more than 20 coun- tries. His research interests are: Genre Analysis of academic and pro- fessional discourses, including, legal, business, newspaper, adver- tising, genres; ESP and Professional Communication; simplification of legal and other public documents; cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary variations in professional genres. His publications include internation- al journal articles, edited books, individually written books, two of which, Analysing Genre: Language Use in Professional Settings and Worlds of Written Discourse: A Genre-based View, are widely used in genre theory and practice. CHRISTOPHER N. CANDLIN is Senior Research Professor in the De- partment of Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney. His research interests encompass discourse analysis and pragmatics, and their ap- plication to workplace and professional-client communication in the fields of law, dispute resolution, medicine and healthcare, and...

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