The need for more streamlined court procedures and more flexible and cost-effective dispute resolution is a global concern. As alternative dispute resolution (ADR) providers have begun expanding worldwide, a global shift towards ADR has gained momentum. Change at this pace generates interesting challenges and worthwhile debate as new entrants bring fresh ideas and new methodologies to the market.
Europe is an interesting case in point. Most of the 27 EU member states implemented the European Union directive legislation of 2011, which provided a harmonized approach to matters like confidentiality and the recognition and enforcement of mediation agreements. Nevertheless, different states, for different reasons, chose to implement the directive differently. Italy took the most radical approach, with the result that mediation is now a mandatory precursor to the use of the courts for a wide range of civil disputes.
Matthew Rushton is the deputy director for JAMS International, based in London. He assists in identifying and selecting panelists, growing the client list, developing marketing...Bio and more articles
Kimberly Taylor, Esq. is the Chief Operating Officer at JAMS, the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide. She oversees JAMS operations in the United...Bio and more articles