The Institutionalization of Mediation: Reflections from an Expert Panel

22 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2018

Date Written: September 28, 2018

Abstract

English abstract: On 27 and 28 April 2017, the International Institute for the Sociology of Law held a workshop under the theme The Institutionalization of Mediation: Potentialities and Risks. The scientific coordinators of this initiative promoted a structured discussion to identify the risks and potentialities of institutionalization to further develop mediation in the region. This article intends to review some literature supporting the subject of discussions, and to report the intense final discussion within the group of 27 mediation experts (from Germany, Belgium, France, Spain and Portugal). In these final reflections, we do not want to provide definitive answers to burning questions, but we hope to shed a light on the crucial dilemmas as they were discussed in a world-café-like workshop at the end of the meeting. Some limitations and future directions are discussed in light of participatory methods and governance innovation.

Spanish abstract: El 27 y 28 de abril de 2017, el Instituto Internacional de Sociología Jurídica organizó un taller bajo el tema La institucionalización de la mediación: potencialidades y riesgos. Los coordinadores científicos de esta iniciativa promovieron una discusión estructurada para identificar los riesgos y potencialidades de la institucionalización para desarrollar aún más la mediación en la región, tema de las discusiones, y para informar la intensa discusión final dentro del grupo de 27 expertos en mediación (de Alemania, Bélgica, Francia, España y Portugal). En estas reflexiones finales, no queremos dar respuestas definitivas a preguntas candentes, pero esperamos arrojar luz sobre los dilemas cruciales tal como fueron discutidos en un taller al estilo de un café mundial al final de la reunión. Las limitaciones y las direcciones futuras se discuten a la luz de los métodos participativos y la innovación de la gobernanza.

Keywords: Mediation, institutionalization, collaborative methods, participation, structured discussion format, plurilogue, SWOT workshop, Mediación, institucionalización, métodos colaborativos, participación, formato de debate estructurado, plurílogo, workshop DAFO

Suggested Citation

Caser, Ursula and Ramos, Nuno, The Institutionalization of Mediation: Reflections from an Expert Panel (September 28, 2018). Oñati Socio-Legal Series. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3256902

Ursula Caser (Contact Author)

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Nuno Ramos

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