Is Italy building an ADR system or just a secondary appendage of a historically adversarial system?

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Publication Date: 
7th July 2013

In Italy there is an ongoing debate about mediation. In particular, a new decree being converted into law, provides that: attorneys will become “ope legis“ mediators . This imposes a serious reflection on the requirement of neutrality and independence essential to a professional mediator. And, also, a pair of fundamental questions: can be an attorney (without a specific formation) truly neutral and independent in a dispute? Is mediation a system of alternative dispute resolution in Italy really or they want to reduce it to a secondary appendage of a historically adversarial system?

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