European Conference on Mediation in Cross-Border Succession Conflicts
The European Conference on Mediation in Cross-Border Succession Conflicts invites mediators, legal practitioners, researchers, policymakers and citizens who are interested in succession mediation and cross-border mediation.
The EU-funded project FOMENTO (Fostering mediation in cross-border civil and succession matters) aims to contribute to foster a widespread use of mediation as a cost-effective solution to prevent and solve international disputes in civil and succession matters.
The conference is a possibility for mediators and jurists to get in contact and exchange experience in the field of succession conflicts. It also provides a venue for giving and receiving constructive feedback on research in progress, networking and discussions for the advancement of mediation across Europe.
Main topics of the conference:
- mediation in succession cases
- cross-border succession cases (effects of EU Succession Regulation)
- cross-border mediation
- co-mediation in cross-border context
A get together is planned on the eve of the conference (25.06.2019 evening at Steinbeis Beratungszentrum).
Conference Barbecue Reception
We welcome you at the eve of the conference to our Get Together with barbecue and live music. In the nice atmosphere with culinary and musical delights we are looking forward to welcome guests from all over Germany and Europe. This dinner should offer the possibility for interesting discussions and to make new contacts.
Location: Steinbeis, Hohe Straße 11, Leipzig.
(The price is included in the one-day ticket of the conference.)
Opening – Presentation of FOMENTO project
With Dr. Paolo Pasqualis (former President of Notaries of Europe 2016)
Workshop "First experiences in the cross-border use of the European Certificate of Succession" with Paolo Pasqualis (IT)
The first years of experience in the use of the European Certificate of Succession (ECS) have already provided examples of the most relevant issues faced by courts and professionals. Beyond the cases already addressed and decided by the Court of Justice of the EU, there are numerous practical examples of how the use of the certificate has met effective solutions through the intervention of the professionals who have dealt with it.
Now, thanks to the solutions given by the Court of Justice and the experience of practitioners, the challenge is to develop a common reading, interpretation and application of the European rules, very often still influenced by those existing in the different national legal systems.
Workshop "Prä-testamentarische Mediation" with Ulrich Wanderer (AT)
Wie verhindere ich, dass es im Rahmen der letztwilligen Regelung zu Konflikten zwischen den Erben und Vermächtnisnehmern kommt?
Welche Bedürfnisse spielen eine Rolle, Wo sind juristische Irrtümer ein Problem, Welche Interventionen sind sinnvoll?
Welche Grundausbildung sollte der/die bzw sollten die MediatorInnen haben?
Anhand von Praxisbeispielen und Rollenspielen werden die Situationen verdeutlicht und die Möglichkeiten der Mediation veranschaulicht.
Lecture " Online Mediation, Secure Platforms, and Blockchain Based Technology " with Prof. Luca Dal Pubel (IT)
Dispute resolution professionals have an ethical obligation to protect the confidentiality of the information share by the parties in mediation, arbitration, and other dispute resolution processes. Hence, the use of free and open tools like email, Skype, and other types of online communication in ADR and ODR is a cause for concern. In fact, such tools do not guarantee effective protection to confidential and private information. With the recent growth and developments of Online Dispute Resolution, there is a need for transparent, secure, and convenient platforms. The first part of this presentation will address issues related to confidentiality and privacy and investigate the risks of using email, mobile phones, video calls and conferencing in Online Mediation. The second part will look at examples of successful and secure platforms for Online Mediation and Arbitration. Finally, it will be claimed that a use of ODR through platforms built on the Blockchain would increase security, transparency and privacy of dispute resolutions processes.
Lecture "A bi-cultural approach for Mediation" with Nicola Giudice (IT)
In international mediation, a third neutral mediator is usually considered as a best option to lead a discussion which is often focused on cultural biases. There are other patterns. For example, a co-mediation with mediators coming from the countries of each parties. Or a mediator which is familiar with both cultures. I would like to focus my presentation on these topics.
Workshop "Learn from the neuroscience to deal with cross-border disputes" with Maurizio Di Rocco (IT)
Cross-border negotiations are strongly influenced by cultural, social and linguistic differences, which should always be taken into due consideration during a negotiation. Neurosciences, however, confirm more and more the existence of a basic neurological structure that unites all human beings in the perception of reality as well as in the processing of emotions, influencing their behaviour and relationships regardless of their actual social or cultural affiliation. Any “decision making” process, therefore, is inevitably influenced and directed by this inner and emotional structure, to the point that, according to some, the concept of “free will” should be broadly redefined. In any case, the knowledge of the cognitive and emotional characteristics that unite human beings can be particularly useful to a mediator, greatly increasing the chances of success of a negotiation.
Lecture "Mediation and claims on the grounds of legitime" with Dr. Barbara Jadwiga Pawlak
The institution of the legitime deriving from the Roman law, has been accepted by most of the European legislations based on the system of the continental law. As showed by the practice in many cases of applying this institution it is possible to observe how big divisions in families it causes and how deep distrust among relatives it creates. It also discloses lack of a dialogue and respect.
An application of the mediation in cases for settling succession issues among the closest members of the family, and the legitime can significantly contribute to relieving common courts of law and can indicate other solutions to a dispute. Explaining the issue of the legitime and disinheritance at the beginning of the proceedings gives an opportunity to eliminate potential divisions that may occur in the family after a testator’s death. In the mediation process, an educational role of the mediator is noticeable.
Lecture "Co-Mediation in cross-border disputes" with Gert Nilsson Eldrimner (SWE)
Generally, but also specifically this lecture is about challenges and possibilities regarding co-mediation in international disputes. The presentation will be based on experiences and conclusions taken from real life. But it also will be suited for mediators who will mediate in cross-border succession cases. After the presentation there will be time for discussion.
Workshop "Engaging disagreement and managing conflict in probate dynamics" with MariaClaudia Perego (IT)
Probate Dynamics are very complicated and they need a work on more than one layer. The main intent of this workshop is to help conflict professionals to work on all these layers in the appropriate way, that is a way of understanding and the inclusion of all who are touched by the conflict.
The first part of the workshop is dedicated to explore with a theorical approach, the three main layers of succession cases with a particular attention for the symbolic layer.
The second part of the workshop is dedicated to understand how to map a probate conflict.
The third part of the workshop is about doing it practically.
Lecture "Online Mediation" with Bernhard Böhm (GER)
Online-Mediation kann eine hilfreiche Ergänzung des Werkzeugkastens eines Mediators sein und Konfliktbeteiligte bei der Lösungs- und Entscheidungsfindung unterstützen.
Vielleicht mag es überraschen aber: Online-Mediation kann die unmittelbare Kommunikation einfacher machen, wodurch die Parteien ihre Themen schnell, effizient und reibungslos lösen können. Geringe zeitliche Ressourcen stehen somit weniger im Wege. Hocheskalierte, emotionale Konflikte wie sie bei Erbfällen häufig anzutreffen sind, können durch den geschützten Raum in der Onlinemediation gesteuert werden, Sprach- und Machtungleichgewichte gut kompensiert werden.
Im Workshop lernen Sie die wichtigsten Tools und Anwendungsfelder kennen und erhalten einen Einblick in die Praxis der Online-Mediation.
Bernhard Böhm befasst sich seit vielen Jahren praktisch als Mediator mit der Online-Mediation. In diversen europäischen Projekten hat er mit dem Steinbeis Beratungszentrum Wirtschaftsmediation die Online-Mediation entwickelt.
Lecture "Elder Mediation“ with Victoria Riedel
The worldwide ageing population is constantly increasing. With the impacts of growing older there is a rise of external, mainly family-internal and often very personal issues in dealing with this social and individual development. To name a few topics- caregiving at home or in facilities, financial matters, decrease of strength and power, the juggling of the ‚sandwich generation‘, inheritance, the one taking daily care vs. the fly-ins, medical, psychological and more age related developments and much more. Understanding of the physical, emotional, social and cultural expectations of elder persons can give the involved mediator awareness and sensitivity. To know the areas of concern is a starting point for mediators especially in cross-border succession conflicts which the FOMENTO project focusses on. This lecture is aimed to provide first impressions of the field and thus empower the participants to embark on the journey to become an elder mediator. See you there!
Workshop "Umgang mit kulturellen Stereotypen in Verhandlungen" with PD Gernot Barth (GER)
Verhandlungen zwischen Menschen mit unterschiedlichen kulturellen Hintergründen sind voller Herausforderungen. Oft sind kulturelle Verschiedenheiten nicht auf den ersten Blick sichtbar oder werden von dem Verhandlungsführer nicht bewusst wahrgenommen. Dabei haben kulturelle Dimensionen einen enormen Einfluss auf das Kommunikationsverhalten von Menschen. In dem Workshop werden praxisnahe Schlüsselfaktoren für erfolgreiche interkulturelle Verhandlungen und Kommunikation wie z.B. den Umgang mit Machtdistanzen oder Unsicherheiten nähergebracht. Dabei werden praktische Beispiele aus dem Kontext von Verhandlungen und Mediation einbezogen.
Dr. Paolo Pasqualis
Dr. Barbara Jadwiga Pawlak
Hotel Michaelis, Paul-Gruner-Str. 44 / 04107 Leipzig &
Steinbeis Beratungszentrum, Hohe Straße 11 / 04107 Leipzig
FOMENTO (Fostering mediation in cross-border civil and succession conflicts) is a 2-year project (2017-2019) co-funded by the European Commission in the framework of the Justice Programme.
The project will contribute to a widespread use of mediation as a cost-effective solution to prevent and solve international disputes in civil and succession matters.
Outcome of the project are:
- Research Report (Mediation in cross-border succession conflicts and the effects of the ‘Succession Regulation’)
- Guidelines for citizens
- Guidelines for professionals
Further information: https://www.fomentonet.eu
If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact:
Steinbeis Beratungszentrum Wirtschaftsmediation
Hohe Straße 11, 04107 Leipzig GERMANY
Email: judith.pfuetzenreuter [at] steinbeis-mediation.com
Phone: +49 341 22 48 661