Mediation in Turkey – Five Questions to … Neşe Önder

Nearly one year ago a new Mediation Act came into force in Turkey. Neşe Önder explains some key aspects.

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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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Teaching comparative perspectives in mediation?

Just recently found a (worth reading) article by Jacqueline Nolan-Haley, Professor of Law, at Fordham University School of Law titled “Teaching Comparative Perspectives in Mediation: Some Preliminary Reflections” (the article can be found here). There is definitely a growing interest in mediation at the international level. And it is a method that is still developing as a profession. In respect to the chances when dealing with comparative aspects of mediation in particular it would be interesting to know if such a perspective is already taught – either as a stand alone course or as a part of existing courses. If there are any experiences, please let me know (A.N.)