Tomaso Galletto is a partner in Studio Alpa e Galletto, Genoa & Rome, Italy. He is also a professor of law at the University of Genoa and a vice president of the European Court of Arbitration (Italian delegation). In addition, he is the author of several publications in Italian on arbitration, mediation and civil procedure.
Richard L. Mattiaccio is an ADR and litigation partner in Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP, in New York. He has represented parties in international arbitration and has participated in arbitration-related litigation in U.S. and Italian courts. He serves on panels of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), a division of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and other institutions. He also serves as a mediator.
Not all litigation backlogs are made the same. In Italy, the backlog in civil litigation has been so extreme that, in 2001, Italy’s parliament passed a law entitling litigants to recover compensation from the justice system for excessive delays in civil cases.1 Named after its sponsor, the so-called Pinto Law is a legislative response to repeated decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.
A Bridge Too Far?
The history of mediation in Italy, the real story behind Italy’s new mediation decree, and the issues that have provoked controversy.