Greg Rooney

Greg Rooney

Greg Rooney has been a mediator in private practice in Australia for 30 years. He has facilitated over 200 face-to-face meetings between victims of sexual and physical abuse within religious institutions and religious leaders over the last 14 years. He has also facilitated meetings between victims of abuse within the Australian Defense Force and senior military officers and is currently developing a program for the South Australian Government for dealing with claims of abuse within the South Australian Police Force. Greg together with colleagues Margaret Ross and Barbara Wilson run, annually, a Mediation Retreat in Tuscany, Italy.

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Articles and Video:

The Art of the Simple in Mediation (04/28/22)
I have no idea what I will do when I go to mediate a matter. After 30 years of practice the only thing I know is that the parties are stuck and if they have lawyers, the lawyers are stuck.

Mediation is about Necessary Endings- Constructal Law (02/01/22)
Every ending is just a new beginning. We just don’t know it at the time.

Mediation and Covid19 Share the Same DNA: Liminality and the Adjacent Possible. (08/14/20)
The facilitative/ humanistic mediator has a more ambitious goal through the process of containing the parties in a supporting common space until the adjacent door opens to reveal a path forward.

Introducing a New Definition of Mediation (04/17/20)
Some say mediation is “The insertion of a human buffer between people who need assistance to interact with each other.”

Mediation and the Principle of Emergence (11/08/19)
Charlie Irvine in his recent Kluwer blog (Mediation Values: Still Searching) suggested it is our values that determine what we do or say in a mediation rather than any techniques we learn as mediators.

How Can We Sell The Mediation Product If We Haven’t Worked Out What It Is? (02/22/19)
I wish to add to Michael Leathes’ recent post on his suggestion that more field-based research be done into the mediation product and Rick Weiler’s follow-up.

Mediation, Mediator, Mediation (11/23/18)
Mediation has an identity issue - but it’s not its fault.

The Role of the Apology in Abuse Redress Schemes (01/05/18)
The profound apology has been an essential part of abuse redress schemes adopted by a number of religious institutions in Australia for supporting victims of abuse within their organisations.

The Profound Apology (05/22/17)
An apology can be given on many levels from a general acknowledgement at one end of the spectrum to a profound apology at the other end.

Applying Cynefin Complexity Theory to Mediation (10/08/16)
Cynefin is a Welsh word that means we are influenced by multiple factors in our environment that we can never fully understand. It is a good way to describe the complex world we are experiencing in this early part of the 21st century.

Brexit and the Nash Trap (07/29/16)
The decision to leave the EU has drawn the UK into the Nash Trap.

The Australian Experience of Pre-Litigation ADR Requirements (01/22/16)
Mediation is now well-established in Australia particularly in the commercial jurisdictions of the states and territories. However it is still viewed as an unwelcome visitor by many in the legal profession and the judiciary.

Rebooting Mediation by Detaching from the Illusions of Neutrality, Just Outcomes, and Balanced Power (02/23/15)
I would submit that the next quantum leap for the theory and practice of mediation is to detach from the concept of neutrality as a core element of mediation practice. I propose to reboot the profession of mediation by championing the proposition that mediators are not neutrals. That they bring their own personal history and professional expertise to the process of assisting parties who are in dispute.

Shifting the Focus from Mediating the Problem to Mediating the Moment (11/15/13)
It is our ability to think that makes us a mediator, lawyer or social scientist not our acquired knowledge of the subject or field. Although knowledge acquisition is an important first step for the novice professional it does not make a practitioner.