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Martti Ahtisaari Wins The 2008 Nobel Peace Prize

by Jeffrey Krivis, Mariam Zadeh
October 2008

From the First Mediation Blog of Jeff Krivis and Mariam Zadeh.

(AP Photo / LEHTIKUVA, Markku Ulander)
(AP Photo / LEHTIKUVA, Markku Ulander)

OSLO, Norway (Oct. 10, 2008)—Finland’s ex-president Martti Ahtisaari won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his long career of peace mediation work including a 2005 accord between Indonesia and rebels in its Aceh province and his efforts to build a lasting peace from Africa and Asia to Europe and the Middle East.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee chose Ahtisaari to receive the $1.4 million prize from a field of 197 candidates ”for his important efforts, on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts.”

Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Nobelprize.org conducted a telephone interview with Martti Ahtisaari today, just three hours after the announcement of the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize. In the interview Ahtisaari states,

“… it’s a disgrace for the international community that we have allowed so many conflicts to become frozen, and we are not making a serious effort to solve them.” 

The audio recording as well as a transcription of the full interview can be found at Nobelprize.org

Biography



Jeffrey Krivis is the author of two books: Improvisational Negotiation: A Mediator’s Stories of Conflict about Love, Money, Anger—and the Strategies that Resolved Them, and How To Make Money As A Mediator And Provide Value To Everyone (Wiley/Jossey Bass publisher). He has been a successful mediator and a pioneer in the field for twenty-five years. Krivis serves as an adjunct professor of law at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. He is also an Emeritus member of the board of visitors at Pepperdine. 


Mariam Zadeh was an active trial lawyer in New York City until September 11, 2001, at which time her life was dramatically changed. She moved to Los Angeles, obtained her L.L.M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University, and became a partner with Jeffrey Krivis at First Mediation Corporation. Since joining Jeffrey Krivis, Mariam has successfully mediated employment, class actions, commercial, premises & professional liability, mass torts, medical malpractice, ERISA and other tort actions as well as matters pending on appeal. In 2007, Mariam was featured as a “Rising Star” in the Southern California Super Lawyers magazine and was profiled by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. She is a published author and frequently lectures and teaches at ADR workshops and classes throughout California.

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