In Italy mediation is a young discipline. The first legislative intervention dates back to 1993, when a law allowed the Chambers of Commerce to establish a mediation service for the amicable resolution of disputes. Since then many conciliation offices have been established throughout Italy and significant financing and human resources have been invested in the attempt to make mediation a widespread practice.
De Palo, Giuseppe and Alvisi, Veronica
"Mediation in Italy: toward a professional practice,"
ADR Bulletin: Vol. 11
, Article 4.
Available at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/adr/vol11/iss2/4