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<xTITLE>Martti Ahtisaari Wins The 2008 Nobel Peace Prize</xTITLE>

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

Improvisational Negotiation. This phrase summarizes Krivis’ philosophy for a successful and dynamic mediated negotiation. A successful mediation needs both keen legal insight gained from years of litigation experience and cannot be scripted.

Exploring this idea with further study led Krivis to venture on the stage as a stand-up comedian. Ultimately, he authored a book entitled Improvisational Negotiation: A Mediator’s Stories of Conflict About Love, Money and Anger – and the Strategies that Resolved Them (Wiley/Jossey-Bass 2006). This book received the 2006 Outstanding Book Award from the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution.

Krivis began his mediation practice in 1989 breaking open a niche in the Southern California dispute resolution landscape. He crafted a process that sets the stage for successful resolution. Through improvising, harmonizing, and always closing, he has resolved thousands of disputes including wage and hour and consumer class actions, entertainment, mass tort, employment, business, complex insurance, product liability and wrongful death matters.


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.