The Visitor - Facilitation of Internal Dispute Resolution in Nonprofit Organisations
McGregor-Lowndes, Myles (1998) The Visitor - Facilitation of Internal Dispute Resolution in Nonprofit Organisations. [Working Paper]
One of the interesting boundaries in the law of nonprofit organisations is that where a court will intervene in a dispute concerning members of a voluntary organisation. The common law has traditionally been reluctant to provide a forum for disputing members of an association and adopts a basic policy of encouraging members to settle their disputes through the association’s own governance system. The rationales offered for this approach are a reluctance to interfere in private domestic bodies thereby infringing on the freedom of association, the perceived trivial nature of the issues, a lack of appropriate or effective judicial remedies and a possible opening of the floodgates of litigation. This is to be contrasted with the common law policy of voluntary association for profit such as a business partnership where the courts have less hesitation in resolving disputes between partners. There is increasing judicial activity where a voluntary association dispute involves economic or property issues which have a commercial nature such as the trade union, professional association or remunerated sporting association. A broad policy justification could be that such "commercial" associations share more in common with business associations and their disputes, so justifying judicial intervention.
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|Item Type:||Working Paper|
|Keywords:||nonprofit organisations, dispute resolution, membership, governance|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)|
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 1998 QUT|
|Deposited On:||17 Jan 2008|
|Last Modified:||25 Sep 2013 12:39|
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