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Comparison between community mediation program in Malaysia and Ireland: Some lessons for Malaysia

Abdul Hak, Nora and Ambaras Khan, Hanna (2017) Comparison between community mediation program in Malaysia and Ireland: Some lessons for Malaysia. In: International Conference on Dispute Resolution 2017 - Modern Trends in Effective Dispute Resolution, 9th-10th August 2017, Kuala Lumpur.

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Malaysia is a multiethnic country, whose population is made up of Malays, Chinese, Indians and various indigenous ethnicities. She has fared relatively well peacewise, despite simmering interethnic tensions and disputes. The Malaysian government, through the Department of National Unity and Integration has decided in 2007 to introduce community mediation as a means of resolving community disputes, as this is well established in countries like Singapore, Australia, the UK, United States, amongst others. Ho Khek Hua (2009) addressed the challenges faced i.e., the limited number of trained mediators, the issues of providing mediation training to community leaders, the need for case studies and financial constraints. In this paper, for the research in Malaysia, interviews have been carried out with the aim of gathering the descriptions and opinions of the practitioners of mediation such as, community leaders, mediators, trainers, members of resident associations and individuals with knowledge and experience in community disputes. The research in Ireland involves studying the structure, practice and development of the community mediation centres. Besides library research, interviews and discussions have been conducted with project managers, mediators and trainers with respect to current status, planning and development of community mediation. The findings of this research should assist Malaysia in its effort to improve the current structure, practice, training and development of community mediation. Based on the research conducted, the paper will examine firstly, the structure and practice of community mediation in Malaysia, secondly, the structure and practice of community mediation in Ireland, thirdly, comparison between Ireland and Malaysia, and lastly, what Malaysia can learn from Ireland.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Plenary Papers)
Additional Information: 807/57786
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mediation, Community Disputes, Malaysia, and Ireland
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KPG Malaysia
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Nora Abdul Hak
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2017 16:06
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2017 16:06
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/57786

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