Italian Mediation Redux

Our Italian correspondent, Avv. Giorgio Grasso, has prepared a useful report on the reintroduction of mandatory civil and commercial mediation in Italy.

The new legislation — replacing a 2010 version that prompted a lawyers’ strike and was declared unconstitutional in 2012 — amends the scope of the original scheme and is meant to last for an experimental four years.  Dr. Grasso’s article appears here.

Mediation in Italy has had an interesting and eventful recent history.  We’ll just have to see whether the notorious backlogs and excesses of the Italian commercial courts are assisted — and business disputes are more rationally resolved — with this new system.

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