Mediation dates back to a more than 2000-year-old Chinese tradition. For Confucius a conflict was a sign of poor education, court proceedings traditionally led to disgrace and loss of face. The aim of mediation was – and still is – to settle a quarrel amicably by creating a win-win-situation for all parties involved.

Mediation is particularly suited to settle conflicts within long-term and/or international business relations, transcending linguistic and/or legal borders.

Stefan Rüll is a trained mediator and founding member of the association "Mediation in den Medien – Mediation in the Media, Music & the Arts e.V." (, founded in 2005; see also "Mediation in den Medien" in AfP, Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kommunikationsrecht 2003, p. 514ff. or here as PDF (in German language).