Finland’s long tradition in international dispute resolution provides an excellent basis for Finland to become the new hub for international business mediation.
Finland is a leading provider of peace mediation services. Although currently belonging firmly to the West, Finland’s long history as a meeting point between the East and the West, and its geopolitical position with its neighbor Russia, has provided Finland a credible basis for offering peace mediation services.
Despite Finland’s long tradition in peace mediation, mediation in other fields remains underdeveloped. Little mediation or negotiation education exists for lawyers, and disputes are primarily addressed through litigation. Arbitration is the preferred method for the resolution of business disputes. Recently, there have been positive developments involving the provision of mediation services for business matters.
SENIOR FELLOW – FINLAND
Pirita Virtanen is a Harvard-educated lawyer and mediator, and the founder of Private Mediator, Finland’s first mediation and strategic consulting and training firm, which works with leaders in business, law, and diplomacy.
INTERNATIONAL PEACE MEDIATION IN FINLAND AND BEYOND