Disputing in the Built Environment

Sidoli, Julian Silvano (2021). Disputing in the Built Environment. PhD thesis The Open University.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21954/ou.ro.00012894


Aim: This PhD argues, in the context of conflict resolution in the built environment, that negotiated settlements are a human good – and ergo are worth pursuing in most cases – and that pragmatism, rather than ‘rights’ talk, is properly at the forefront of most decision-making in the private law context. This challenges the dominant discourse, which sanctifies rights, views court-based litigation as a panacea, and lawyers and binary win–lose scenarios as ‘resolutions’. This thesis shows, through the interaction of theory and practice, that the private law sphere is distinct from the public law paradigm. Contrary to the orthodoxy of the theorists criticised in the PhD, alternative dispute resolution works for the good of the parties and for the common good. Grounded lawyers, with due humility, can work with clients and opponents to reach honourable compromises, encouraging people on all sides of many private law disputes to move forward in their lives with a due sense of proportion.

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  • 75924
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  • PhD Thesis
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  • Vol.1 Critical Review and Appraisal (Available to download)

    Vol.2 Publications (Not available to download due to copyright)

    Jackson, Abigail and Sidoli, Julian (2019). Privacy, Participation and the City. In: Davidson, Nestor M. and Tewari, Geeta eds. Global Perspectives in Urban Law: The Legal Power of Cities. London: Routledge.
    URL: https://www.routledge.com/Global-Perspectives-in-Urban-Law-The-Legal-Power-of-Cities/Davidson-Tewari/p/book/9780815372271

    Sidoli del Ceno, Julian (2016). Informal housing: Plurality in the city. In: Davidson, Nestor and Mistry, Nisha eds. Law Between Buildings: Emergent Global Perspectives in Urban Law. London: Routledge.
    URL: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781315591575

    Sidoli del Ceno, Julian; George, Hannah and Vols, Michel (2015). Adjudication in tenancy deposit scheme disputes: agents’ perspectives. International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, 7(2) pp. 162–172.
    URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLBE-09-2014-0026

    Vols, Michel; Kiehl, Marvin and Sidoli del Ceno, Julian (2015). Human Rights and Protection against Eviction in Anti-social Behaviour Cases in the Netherlands and Germany. European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance, 2(2) pp. 156–181.
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/22134514-00202000

    Reed, Mark S. and Sidoli Del Ceno, Julian (2015). Mediation and conservation conflicts: from top-down to bottom-up. In: Redpath, Stephen M.; Gutierrez, Ralph J.; Wood, Kevin A. and Young, Juliette C. eds. Conflicts in Conservation: Navigating Towards Solutions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 226–239.
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139084574.017

    Sidoli del Ceno, Julian (2015). Landlords and the law of nuisance. Landlord and Tenant Review, 19(1) pp 3–6.
    URL: https://uk.westlaw.com/Document/IFE60FB30AD1311E4BC69CD56280B05A9/View/FullText.html

    Sidoli del Ceno, Julian (2014). Compulsory mediation: civil justice, human rights and proportionality. International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, 6(3) pp. 286–299.
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLBE-09-2013-0036

    Kenna, Padraic and Sidoli Del Ceno, Julian (2014). Renting, the law and human rights. In: Sirr, Lorcan ed. Public and Private Renting in Ireland. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration, pp.209-221.
    ISBN 978-1910393017

    Sidoli del Ceno, Julian, Kenna, Padraic, Spencer, Giles (2014). Selective licensing – residents, landlords and community engagement: the perspectives of scheme managers. Journal of Housing Law, 17(4) pp 72–77.
    URL: https://uk.westlaw.com/Document/I57BCB75005C111E49404CDB8EFAB1322/View/FullText.html

    Sidoli del Ceno, Julian (2013). Construction mediation as a developmental process. International Review of Law, 2013(1) pp 1–8.
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.5339/irl.2013.1

    Sidoli del Ceno, J. (2012). Selective licensing and resident satisfaction in social housing: a UK case study. International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, 4(2) pp. 126-139.
    DOI 10.1108/17561451211242503

    Sidoli del Ceno, J. (2011). An investigation into lawyer attitudes towards the use of mediation in commercial property disputes in England and Wales. International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, 3(2) pp. 182-198.
    DOI 10.1108/17561451111148275
  • Keywords
  • conflict management; dispute resolution; mediation; arbitration and award; property law; construction law; housing; land use
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  • Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
    Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Law
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  • © 2020 Julian Silvano Sidoli
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