Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Anna Nylund, Kaijus Ervasti, Lin Adrian
    Pages 1-5 Open Access
  3. Systemic Aspects of Nordic Mediation

  4. The Mediator, Mediation Process and Outcomes

  5. Children’s Rights and Mediation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Renee Thørnblad, Astrid Strandbu
      Pages 183-208 Open Access
  6. Mediation in Theory and Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Kaijus Ervasti
      Pages 225-245 Open Access
    3. Maija Gellin
      Pages 247-266 Open Access
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 267-269

About this book


This open access book presents twelve unique studies on mediation from researchers in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, respectively. Each study highlights important aspects of mediation, including the role of children in family mediation, the evolution and ambivalent application of restorative justice in the Nordic countries, the confusion of roles in court-connected mediation, and the challenges in dispute systems. 
Over the past 20-30 years, mediation has gained in popularity in many countries around the world and is often heralded as a suitable and cost-effective mode of conflict resolution. However, as the studies in this volumes show, mediation also has a number of potential drawbacks. Parties’ self-determination may be jeopardized, affected third parties are involved in an inadequate way, and the legal regulations may be flawed. The publication can inspire research, help professionals and policymakers in the field and be used as a textbook.


Open Access Alternative dispute resolution Conflict resolution Litigation Children in mediation Restorative justice Victim offender mediation Court-connected mediation

Editors and affiliations

  • Anna Nylund
    • 1
  • Kaijus Ervasti
    • 2
  • Lin Adrian
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of TromsøTromsøNorway
  2. 2.Faculty of LawUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.Faculty of LawUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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