The Variegated Landscape of Mediation

A Comparative Study of Mediation Regulation and Practices in Europe and the World

The reference book on comparative mediation regulation and practices in 60 jurisdictions, including all countries of the European Union. Read the review on by Michael Leathes.

Title The Variegated Landscape of Mediation. A Comparative Study of Mediation Regulation and Practices in Europe and the World
Author | Editor Manon A. Schonewille & Fred Schonewille (eds.)
ISBN | year | pages 978‐94‐6236‐111‐9  |  1st edition 2014   | 648 pages
Publisher Boom LEMMA-Uitgevers ELEVEN PUBLISHING | The Hague, Netherlands
Price € 131,60


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‘This book belongs in the libraries of thoughtful mediation practitioners and policy makers.’ 

Peter Robinson
, managing director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Associate Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California, USA.



A comprehensive overview of global mediation regulatory frameworks for commercial and civil cases. And a practical overview of the development of mediation and worldwide mediation practices in 60 jurisdictions, with a special emphasis on the European Union. This book allows for a direct comparison, based on standardised benchmarks for each country. Helpful for those mediating across borders, academics and those involved in legislative efforts. 

Authors who are each knowledgeable professionals in their jurisdictions, give a comprehensive and fascinating overview of the mediation development in their country in the individual state chapters. Combined, these chapters show the captivating breadth and variety of scope of mediation regulations and practices around the world. We hope that this will become a standard reference book for practitioners and academics alike. It can support comparative academic studies, and provide guidelines to professionals mediating across borders. As well as to legal counselors who are supporting clients in international cases.


Enabling ADR practitioners and academics to obtain an overview of what is going on in other countries.

  • To facilitate working across borders.
  • To compare our practices.
  • To lay the groundwork for identifying and formulate in the future certain common core features.
  • Best practices for mediation practice and regulation.

That is what this book is meant to be. More importantly, this book will be a valuable reference book for clients, corporate counsel and lawyers who are planning to mediate abroad. It is also intended as a tool to facilitate and stimulate cross-border mediations. 


What others say about the variegated landscape of mediation

‘What a gift it was to have available a draft of this book so I could quickly read in-depth information about mediation in the countries I am visiting. I found that the reporters’ remarks and references allowed me to obtain convenient information, not just about regulation, but also about the practice and development of mediation in each of their countries. This book is a fabulous resource.’ 

Jay Folberg. Former Dean and Professor Emeritus at the University of San Francisco School of Law. He is the Executive Director of the JAMS Institute and a mediator with JAMS, San Francisco, USA.

‘… what cannot be challenged is the need for guidance in understanding how mediation operates in differing jurisdictions, how it fits into the wider justice system and what users should expect. In this respect the editors have collated a wealth of information displayed in a helpful and practical format.’
 Diana Wallis. Former Vice President of the European Parliament 2007 – 2012. Member of the European Parliament, Yorkshire & the Humber UK, 1999 - 2012.  Law School, University of Hull, UK.

‘This book provides an important snapshot of a variety of mediation schemes. It is not only a resource to orient practitioners on mediation norms in particular jurisdictions, but an important source for those interested in the development of public policies related to mediation.  The collection of authors reads like a list of many recognised regional leaders in this field.’ Peter Robinson. Managing director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and associate Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California, USA.

‘All someone new to the subject needs in order to be fully informed and equipped to engage in mediation policy issues is to read this thought-provoking book.  It is not just a “must-have” for mediators but an essential companion for anyone involved in any way with international - and, indeed, national - dispute resolution.Michael Leathes. Member of the Board of Directors of the International Mediation Institute (IMI), The Hague, the Netherlands.