EU Member States
December 2008 – June 2010
In May 2008 the European Union adopted the Mediation Directive intended to stimulate the use of cross-border mediation. As a result, more and more lawyers were being confronted with mediation. The skills needed to represent a client in mediation greatly differ from the classical skills lawyers need while representing a client in court proceedings. Many lawyers were not yet sufficiently familiar with mediation, or possessed the specific skills and tools needed to professionally serve a client in a mediation procedure. Therefore specific awareness raising programs, combined with practical material and training in mediation advocacy skills were necessary.
This project had several objectives: professionalizing and facilitating the use of mediation in the EU by teaching lawyers specific skills on client representation in mediation; creating awareness and proficiency in representing clients in mediation; creating European standards for mediation advocacy, interaction and knowledge sharing, especially for cross border cases; facilitating European cooperation of lawyers from several EU countries in the field of ADR, and; stimulating the use of mediation, especially in cross border cases, so that lawyers would become active proponents of effective dispute resolution.
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