Mediation is deeply rooted in Greek tradition: In antiquity, Greek free citizens deployed educated slaves (therapes) to assist them in negotiations by conveying confidential offers and counter-offers between them. On the island of Crete, an assisted and confidential negotiation between families, called sasmos, has been practiced non-stop from the 12th century B.C. until today, to prevent or settle vendettas (crimes committed in order to defend family honor, in accordance with ancient local customs). When a settlement is reached between two families involved in a sasmos process, with the assistance of a local mediator called sastis, despite the informality of the process and lack of legal enforcement, the agreement is considered binding by the parties and the local community.
SENIOR FELLOWS – GREECE
Spyridon (Spyros) Antonelos is the World Bank Group (WBG) Mediation Officer for the ECA (Europe and Central Asia) region.
Dimitra Gavriil is a certified mediator and attorney-at-law with the Athens Bar Association since 2000 and a full-time conflict resolution practitioner.
Dimitra K. Triantafyllou is a certified mediator and practicing lawyer in Greece and Cyprus with expertise in corporate, business and commercial law and specialization in the Southeast European Region.
THE DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN MEDIATION IN GREECE