In Part I, I provide a brief model of a hypothetical multiparty environmental mediation proceeding. I describe limits on environmental mediation common to both the online and offline settings, and provide a model for analysis of the hypothetical proceeding. In Parts II and III, I consider limits on online mediation's potential that derive from the electronic character of the proceeding. In Part II, I discuss challenges for online mediation and conclude that such mediation, particularly complex proceedings such as environmental disputes, should be deferred for the time being. In Part III, I discuss additional concerns about the flow of communication in online mediation suggested by an analogy to the dynamics of online communities.
Joel B. Eisen, Are We Ready For Mediation in Cyberspace?, 1998 B.Y.U.L. Rev. 1305 (1998).