12 03, 2013

New EU Lesiglation on Online Dispute Resolution

On March 12, 2013, the European Parliament has voted to support the new legislation on online dispute resolution proposed by the European Commission in late 2011.The Council of the European Union is expected to pass the proposals for a regulation on online dispute resolution and a directive on alternative dispute resolution in mid 2013. The member states will then have to implement said directive within two years by setting up or completing a network of extrajudicial conciliation bodies with blanket coverage for consumer disputes. Concurrently, the EU will establish an online portal for consumers to provide easily accessible information on how to initiate a low-cost conciliation process at the appropriate dispute resolution body. A recent German language article by Ralf Deutlmoser and Martin Engel provides insights into the new European dispute resolution system and explains a practical example for the future handling of consumer disputes: MMR 2012, 433-438.

6 01, 2013

Commentary on the German Mediation Act

The new commentary on the German Mediation Act by Roland Fritz and Dietrich Pielsticker (published by Luchterhand, Dec. 2012) covers collaborative law on pp. 797-810 (German language). It vividly explains the process, its applications, and the role of lawyers in collaborative negotiations. As pointed out under marginal note 1, the denomination of collaborative law in the German language area is still quite heterogeneous; further trends are to be closely monitored. The commentary can be ordered online.

10 11, 2012

Workshop on Collaborative Law in Cologne

The Center for Mediation (CfM) in Cologne hosts a two-day workshop on collaborative law in German language in September 2013. Registration is already open. Further information online at the CfM website.

18 09, 2012

Business Mediation Training

The Center for Negotiation and Mediation at the University of Munich offers a business mediation training (90 hours) in German language between October 2012 and January 2013. Deadline for applications is September 30, 2012. Further information online.

31 08, 2012

Common Patterns of Conflict Resolution

TThe article is based on a presentation held at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt. It is accehe Critical Quarterly for Legislation and Law (KritV) has recently published an article on common patterns of consensual conflict resolution. ssible online at SSRN.

9 07, 2012

Panel Discussion on the new Mediation Act

On July 25, 2012 at 7.30 pm, the Geschwister Scholl Institute in Munich hosts a panel discussion on the new German Mediation Act. The discussion will be in German language. Questions are taken either in English or in German. Admission is free. Further information online.

11 06, 2012

Presentation on Collaborative Law in Hamburg

On August 1, 2012, there will be a presentation on the idea and potential application of collaborative law in Hamburg, hosted by the local mediation working group (“Arbeitskreis Mediation”). The presentation will be held in German language. Further information online at http://arbeitskreismediation.de/blog.

21 05, 2012

Workshop on Conflict Resolution in Family Disputes

On June 15 and 16, 2012, there will be an interactive workshop on conflict resolution in family disputes at the Center for Negotiation and Mediation in Munich (German language). Further information online at http://www.c-v-m.org.

26 02, 2012

Collaborative Law in Germany

Collaborative law has caught on very quickly in Germany. At the same time, people realized that the term “collaborative law” does not translate well into the German language. The term’s literal translation means something like “conspirative law”, and attempts to establish a common German term have not been entirely successful. The latest idea is to call it “Kokon-Verfahren”. The literal translation of “Kokon-Verfahren” into English is “cocoon process”. “Co coon” because it’s a method of cooperative conflict resolution and because the disqualification agreement, which serves to contain the dispute resolution process, works like a cocoon that at first binds a larva but ultimately yields a gorgeous outcome.

3 01, 2012

New Homepage on Collaborative Law Online

You are reading the news blog on the English version of a Germany-hosted information page on collaborative law. There is a lot more information out there. However, this blog keeps you updated on recent developments in alternative dispute resolution from a European perspective. Keep in touch!