GREEK MEDIATION CONTEXT

EU Mediation Directive

Greece has implemented the EU directive by enacting Law 3898/2010, which came into force on December 16th, 2010 . This law, which bears the title “Mediation in Civil and Commercial Matters” (hereinafter referred to as “Greek Mediation Law”) has already undergone two reforms  and was soon to be followed by a series of other legislative acts including Presidential Decree 123/2011 on “the licensing and operation of mediation training providers” and several ministerial decisions regulating particular aspects on mediation .

Greek Mediation Law

Greece has implemented the EU directive by enacting Law 3898/2010, which came into force on December 16th, 2010 . This law, which bears the title “Mediation in Civil and Commercial Matters” (hereinafter referred to as “Greek Mediation Law”) has already undergone two reforms  and was soon to be followed by a series of other legislative acts including Presidential Decree 123/2011 on “the licensing and operation of mediation training providers” and several ministerial decisions regulating particular aspects on mediation .

In addition to this main legislative initiative taken in response to the Directive, Greece went on to introduce judicial mediation in 2012  by adding a new article to its Code of Civil Procedure (art 214B CCP) that grants the right to courts to appoint judges to serve as full or part time mediators for a term of two years.

ADR Center and AKKED Prometheus

In an effort to increase mediation in Greece, the Athens Training Centre for Mediators AKKED “Prometheus” appointed ADR Center as its exclusive partner for the delivery of Basic and Advanced Mediation Courses in Greece. This two-year strategic alliance represents the largest international cooperation in the field of mediation in Greece.

The new training program incorporates the most widespread and effective practical and theoretical training models, smart mediation techniques and an unprecedented combination of trainers, sought-after over the world, who are not only teaching at some of the most prestigious institutions globally, but also mediate hundreds of cases every year, creating, thus, one of the most complete and successful international training programs.

Elena Koltsaki and Nana Papadogeorgaki, two of the most recognized Greek mediation trainers, will head the project as the lead local trainers. They are founding members of the Greek Mediation Institute – Lawyers, Mediators and mediators’ trainers accredited by the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights – with further training in major international institutions and training organizations, certified and accredited by foreign institutions, with world recognition and long teaching in Greece and abroad.