History and development

Following the conference “Conflict Management II – from diagnostics to measures” in November 2007 at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, several companies expressed an interest in continuing the exchange of experiences on the subject of conflict management in general and specifically on mediation. On 7 May 2008 the inaugural meeting of the “Round Table on Mediation and Conflict Management of the German Economy” took place at SAP in Walldorf. It was attended by representatives from SAP AG, E.ON Kernkraft GmbH, AUDI AG, Bombardier Transportation GmbH, Deutsche Bahn AG, EnBW AG, the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft und Siemens AG. The Institute of Conflict Management at European University Viadrina in Frankfurt was assigned to provide scientific support for the Round Table.

At the conference “Conflict Management III – from the components to the system” in November 2009 at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, the RTMKM, along with its working committees (for further information on these, see “Working committees”), introduced itself to a wider professional audience for the first time.

In 2011, the RTMKM received the Socrates Prize from the ‘Centrale für Mediation’ and was also honoured with the WinWinno prize from the DACH Association for the Promotion of Mediation.

In the following year, the ‘Förderverein Round Table Mediation & Konfliktmanagement der Deutschen Wirtschaft e.V.’ was founded in Berlin (for further information, see the section “Association”).

Since its launch, the RTMKM has provided consultation for scientific studies on the subject of mediation and conflict management on a regular basis.

In 2017, the RTMKM took over the organisation of the Global Pound Conference in Germany (https://www.globalpound.org/) and, under the auspices of the German Federal Minister of Justice, bestowed the Award for Excellence in Mediation and Conflict Management for the first time.

Representatives of the RTMKM are currently members of the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) committee for the evaluation of arbitration law and the BMJV working committee on the Singapore Convention (international enforcement of mediation agreements).