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Ethics

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Department
Peace and Conflict Studies
Course
PACS 202
Professor
Betty Pries
Semester
Summer

Description
Intervention Ethics Ethics • What does the term “ethics” mean? • What is meant by intervener ethics? • What ethical issues might be raised by… • One of the mediation models (transformative, settlement, facilitative…)? • Arbitration? • Adjudication? Ethics and Intervention  Many intervention situations raise ethical issues for intervener (mediator, arbitrator...)  Ethical codes seek to set guidelines to minimize ethics-infractions  They typically do not tell you what steps to take once you determine that there is an ethical issue  Guidelines o Set standards o Protect public from unsavoury practitioners What’s in a code?  Principle of Self-Determination o Professional advice  Independence and impartiality  Conflict of Interest  Confidentiality and its limits o Caucus o Storage of records  Quality of Process  Advertising  Fees  Agreement to proceed  Termination or Suspension of process  Other Conduct Obligations  Concluding process o Draft up a contract of the end  May also include: o Training o Relationship with other professionals o Commentary on client’s ability to negotiate o Expectation of full disclosure by parties o Knowledge of limits Ethics beyond the Code • There are also situations/challenges that go beyond the ethical code but are still a matter of ethics as no code can cover off every situation one might encounter… ▫ E.g. Wildly different outcome expectations ▫ E.g. Who is at the negotiation table ▫ E.g. Level of personal responsibility re: conflict Child and Family Service Act  If a person has reasonable grounds to suspect (used to be knowledge) child may be in need of protection  What triggers the obligation to report? o Harm or potential harm o Every person has an obligation to report o Only those who are professionals and do work in relation to children would be charged if they don’t do it Intervention Ethics Mediator power • Mediators have a huge amount of power ▫ Even a transformative mediators that have no hand in the outcome, there’s still a huge amount of power in their hand • Implications if mediator is “similar” to one of the parties? ▫ Gender? ▫ Race? ▫ Education? • Power to shape process and outcomes ▫ Frame the nature of the conflict ▫ What topics get attention ▫ Validate solutions ▫ Validate party Ethical Issues  You are
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