New laws in Russia set out sound framework for mediation

On 30 July 2010, following several years of debate regarding the need for ADR in the Russian justice system, the federal law on alternative dispute resolution procedure with the participation of an intermediary (193-FZ) was promulgated. In addition, a separate… Read more

JAMS ADR Centre launches e-book on mediation advocacy

An e-book addressing mediation across European jurisdictions has recently been published by JAMS International ADR Centre in Rome. The experienced mediator and trainer Dwight Golan of JAMS coordinated the project. Herbert Smith's ADR team contributed to the e-book by drafting… Read more

Compulsory mediation launched in Italy’s civil courts

The long-awaited legislative decree addressing "mediation aimed at conciliation of civil and commercial disputes" came into effect on 20 March. The driving force behind the law is to reduce the back log of civil cases pending in Italy, which has… Read more

Australia – Improving access to ADR within the civil justice system

Australia's Federal Attorney-General has recently announced that the Government intends to introduce legislation implementing key recommendations from the National ADR Advisory Council's report into access to ADR. NADRAC is an independent body charged with providing policy advice to the Australian… Read more