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TD&A NEWS: Participation at Mediation Conference on EU Directive 2008/52/EC

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 17:18

Dr Michael Tanti-Dougall, Managing Partner, and Dr Rebekah Tanti-Dougall, Associate, at Advocates Tanti-Dougall & Associates, have participated at a conference on the EU Mediation Directive 2008/52/EC in “The Promotion of the Use of Mediation as an Alternative Substitute to Court”. [2008/52/EC of 21 May 2008 on certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial matters].

The conference held at the Grand Hotel Excelsior on Saturday 8th February, 2014, was organised by the Malta Mediation Centre, and was addressed by Dr Michael Tanti-Dougall, A/Chairman of the Malta Mediation Centre, the Hon. Dr Owen Bonnici, Parliamentary Secretary for Justice, the Hon. Dr. Silvio Camilleri, Chief Justice of the Law Courts in Malta, with Prof. Johan Billiet, Registered Mediator on Civil and Commercial matters, President of the Association of International Arbitrators and Deputy Judge at the Court of First Instance in Brussels, as guest speaker.

Prof. Johan Billiet gave an excellent three hour long presentation providing first a general overview of the Mediation Directive including the background thereof such as the 2002 green paper on Alternative Means of Dispute Resolution (ADR) of [Green Paper] and the 2004 code of conduct for mediators [Code of Conduct], followed by a detailed analysis of the Directive’s provisions, its implementation in various Member States particularly in Germany, Greece, Italy and Romania, a preview of its successful impact or otherwise within the EU scenario as well as what are deemed to be the ‘pros’ and cons’ thereof. He also delved into what are deemed to be the applicable criteria for the appointment of mediators, to what extent, if at all, should mediation be voluntary or otherwise, and the necessity to eventually “reboot” the Mediation Directive.

Advocates, Tanti-Dougall & Associates provide Alternative Means of Dispute Resolution (ADR) services to its clients through mediation and arbitration assistance in family, civil and commercial matters.

Further Information on the Event: http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2014-02-08/news/mediation-is-key-for-successful-reform-of-civil-justice-bonnici-3909615617/