Five Questions to … Giovanni Matteucci / Italy

Last Friday the Italian parliament enacted a new decree concerning mediation. Giovanni Matteucci knows the background and gives an overview about the new developments.

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Five Questions to … Ramon Tena / Andorra

Andorra, located in the eastern Pyrenees Mountains and bordered by Spain and France, is discovering mediation. An interview with Ramon Tena.

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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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Best of Both Worlds: Merging Ethiopian Wise-Counsel Mediation and Facilitative Mediation

By André Niedostadek. Sometimes it seems that mediation is an invention by western countries. But this is not true: For example so-called “indigenous” conflict resolution mechanisms and systems were maintained on the African and the Asian continent for centuries, whereas in Western societies, the traditional systems to resolve conflicts were almost forgotten. Just recently, the alternative dispute resolution mechanisms have been discovered here again, especially mediation.

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