Can Mediation Take Hold in Europe? (Part II)

An interview with Alexander Oddy

The GC Grapevine published an interview with Herbert Smith Freehills Partner, Alexander Oddy, on "Can Mediation Take Hold in Europe?" 

Oddy discusses his experience with CPR, ADR, and the intent behind the European Mediation & ADR Guide. “I’ve personally been enthusiastic that we should produce a document that makes sense for Europeans to learn about ADR and mediation and to have access to resources rather than being given documents generated, for example, within the U.S. which may be excellent, but don’t speak culturally to people in different jurisdictions…

It is a particularly difficult gap for those in civil jurisdictions. There are also concepts of confidentiality and without prejudice privilege. One needs to alert European leaders to these differences. Your average in-house counsel doesn’t have time to read a weighty tone on these matters. We wanted to devise practical guidance that could be picked up and understood anywhere in the EU.”