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European Directive: Assessment Six Years Later

We had previously noted the recent, extraordinarily ambitious and incisive report addressing the current state of the European Directive on ADR.  We now hear from one of its authors, Prof. Giuseppe De Palo, of a conference on the topic in London, that is available worldwide by internet link.  The announcement follows.

Mandatory mediation – A worthwhile experiment?

A presentation and debate at Ashfords LLP, London

It is six years since its adoption, but the Mediation Directive (2008/52/EC) has not yet solved the ‘EU Mediation Paradox’. Despite its proven and multiple benefits, mediation in civil and commercial matters is still used in less than 1% of the cases in the EU.

The European Parliament commissioned a study which solicited the views of some 816 experts from all over Europe, which clearly showed that this disappointing performance results from weak pro-mediation policies, whether legislative or promotional, in almost all of the 28 Member States.

The experts strongly supported a number of proposed non-legislative measures that could promote mediation development. But more fundamentally, the majority view of these experts suggested the introduction of a ‘mitigated’ form of mandatory mediation is worth experimenting with.


  1. Presentation of the European Parliament Study entitled ‘Re-Booting the EU Mediation Directive’
    A summary and overview of the key points of the Study as presented to the European Parliament Professor Giuseppe De Palo, President ADR Center, Rome
  2. Panel Debate
    A panel of leading ADR professionals will debate and comment on this study and assess the impact a proposed change in mediation policy

Panelists include:

  • The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mance, The Supreme Court
  • Diana Wallis, President of the European Law Institute
  • Prof. Dame Hazel Genn, UCL, London
  • Constantin Adi Gavril?, Romania
  • Bill Marsh, Independent Mediator
  • Matthew Rushton, JAMS, London
  • Prof Giuseppe De Palo, ADR Center, Rome
Where & When:Ashfords LLP
1 New Fetter Lane
London EC4A 1AN

Thursday, 1st May 2014
from 16.45 – 18.45

Spaces are limited. Pre-registration for the event is required.

Please email Rosie Slade at Ashfords LLP on or call on 0207 544 2424

For those unable to come to London, or to follow the event “live” from your computer, the webcast will be available via the same YouTube link at a later stage. See:

The European Parliament Study on Mediation that will be presented and debated is available here:

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