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Scotland occupies the unique position of being a separate jurisdiction while not, however, a separate state, and as such has its own regulatory framework for mediation. As in other predominantly common law jurisdictions, much of the regulation of mediation is underdeveloped and can be found in the general law and diverse soft law frameworks, such as codes of conduct. The exception to this is the framework for cross-border mediation, which is contained in formal law implementing the provisions of the EU Directive. This dichotomy is reflected in the regulatory robustness ratings, and must be borne in mind by users of mediation in Scotland.
In contrast to its neighbouring jurisdictions, the Scottish courts have been loath to address or promote mediation, viewing the process as taking place outside the judicial frame and being regulated by agreement between the mediator and the parties. This is reflected in the ratings for the relationship and attitude of the courts to mediation. The State has, however, promoted some regulation of the mediation profession, albeit in soft form, by providing some funding for the Scottish Mediation Register, established and maintained by the Scottish Mediation Network, in order to meet the requirements in the EU Directive to provide for a code of conduct for mediators. This has put some structure on Scottish mediation services and facilitated access to mediators for users, in a more transparent fashion, compared to the approach taken in other jurisdictions of the United Kingdom.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEU Mediation Law Handbook
Subtitle of host publicationRegulatory Robustness Ratings for Mediation Regimes
EditorsNadja Alexander, Sabine Walsh, Martin Svatos
Place of PublicationAlphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands
Number of pages37
ISBN (Electronic)9789041158673
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2017

Publication series

NameGlobal Trends in Dispute Resolution
PublisherKluwer Law International


  • EU directive on cross border mediation
  • mediation
  • mediation regulation
  • Scotland
  • European Union
  • jurisdiction

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  • Activities

    • 1 Key-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences
    • 1 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation
    • 1 Oral presentation

    Justice in Mediation

    Charlie Irvine (Speaker)
    10 May 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Looking Outward - Mediation: a New Enlightenment?

    Charlie Irvine (Participant)
    9 May 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

    Mediation Under Simple Procedure: One Year On

    Charlie Irvine (Recipient)
    7 May 2018

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

    Cite this

    Irvine, C. (2017). Scotland. In N. Alexander, S. Walsh, & M. Svatos (Eds.), EU Mediation Law Handbook: Regulatory Robustness Ratings for Mediation Regimes (pp. 659-695). (Global Trends in Dispute Resolution; Vol. 7). Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands.