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Mediation: Principles and Regulation in Comparative Perspective

Klaus J. Hopt and Felix Steffek


Mediation provides an attractive alternative to resolving disputes through court proceedings. Mediation promises just results in the interest of all parties concerned, a reduction of the court caseload, and cost savings for the parties involved as well as for the treasury. The European Directive on Mediation has given mediation in Europe new momentum by establishing a common framework for cross-border mediation. Beyond Europe, many states have tried in recent years to answer the question whether, and if so, how mediation should be regulated at a national and international level. The aim of thi ... More

Keywords: mediation, cross-border mediation, Europe, regulatory models, mediation law, economic problems, constitutional problems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199653485
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653485.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Klaus J. Hopt, editor
Professor of law and Director (emeritus) at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg

Felix Steffek, editor
Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg

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Part I: Fundamental Issues

Part II: Mediation in the European Union

Part III: Mediation in the Wider World

Chapter 24 Mediation in Switzerland

Christoph Kumpan and Cathrin Bauer-Bulst *

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