Past, Present and Future of Mediation in Nordic Countries

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In this article, I argue that it is useful to make a distinction between theoretical models of mediation, practical systems of mediation in context, and mediation in action. Using this distinction makes it possible to examine the relationship of the model of mediation, the context in which mediation is practiced and mediator behaviour, and to analyse the field of mediation and obtain a better understanding of mediation, as such, as a result. First, I offer a brief historical overview of how mediation has developed in the Nordic countries on a theoretical, institutional and practical level. Then, I unfold and examine which theoretical models are at play, what the different areas of practice are and how mediators interpret and implement theoretical models in their practice. One main problem is that mediators in their everyday work sometimes act in a different way than they think themselves or what theory of mediation postulates. In conclusion, I point to the need for further empirical and theoretical studies, as well as the development of mediation training in Nordic countries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordic Mediation Research
EditorsAnna Nylund, Kaijus Ervasti, Lin Adrian
Number of pages21
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-73018-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-73019-6
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Fields of Science

  • 513 Law

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