Mediating loan cases? A new project in Kenya has been launched

In an article for allAfrica Lola Okulo pointed out that in Kenya Bankers have established a mediation centre to help reduce the number of court cases and save time and money spent on settling disputes.

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In the Spotlight: Recent Findings on Mediation Worldwide

by André Niedostadek

Due to some other projects I wasn’t able to update this blog during the last few weeks. Interestingly enough a lot has happened. Find out more about some developments in the Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Singapore, Turkey, UK and the USA.

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Risk Management by Mediation – Implications for Cross-Border Disputes

By André Niedostadek. Risks are just a part of our life. They result from an uncertainty in different fields such as financial risks, project risks, legal risks as well as operational risks or reputation risks. But how to deal with risks – especially those that arise from cross-border disputes?

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The Search for the Phantom: Success Factors to Establish Mediation

By André Niedostadek. Today it’s the first anniversary of the German Mediation Act (“Mediationsgesetz”). Congratulations! Unfortunately the joy is tempered slightly. Although mediation has been discussed for ages, the attempts to establish mediation have not worked yet. Of course there are a lot of mediators and there is a lot of training too but nevertheless mediation doesn’t seem to be widely accepted. Working as a mediator is neither a real profession. And – from a comparative point of view quite interesting – it seems that there is a similar situation in other countries. One may get the impression: Is mediation dead? Has it ever been alive?

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