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Nordic Mediation Research

  • Provides access to twelve unique studies by researches from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden that were previously not accessible in English

  • Gives a research-based insight into different areas of mediation such as family mediation, criminal mediation and court-connected civil mediation

  • Offers a sound foundation for implementation of mediation legislation and programs

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction to Nordic Mediation Research

    • Anna Nylund, Kaijus Ervasti, Lin Adrian
    Pages 1-5Open Access
  3. Systemic Aspects of Nordic Mediation

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 7-7
    2. Victim Offender Mediation in Sweden: An Activity Falling Apart?

      • Maritha Jacobsson, Lottie Wahlin, Eva Fromholz
      Pages 67-79Open Access
  4. The Mediator, Mediation Process and Outcomes

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 81-81
    2. Unwrapping Court-Connected Mediation Agreements

      • Lin Adrian, Solfrid Mykland
      Pages 83-103Open Access
    3. Mediation in Light of Modern Identity

      • Ida Helene Asmussen
      Pages 133-143Open Access
  5. Children’s Rights and Mediation

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 181-181
    2. The Involvement of Children in the Process of Mandatory Family Mediation

      • Renee Thørnblad, Astrid Strandbu
      Pages 183-208Open Access
  6. Mediation in Theory and Practice

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 223-223
    2. Past, Present and Future of Mediation in Nordic Countries

      • Kaijus Ervasti
      Pages 225-245Open Access
    3. Mediation in Finnish Schools: From Conflicts to Restoration

      • Maija Gellin
      Pages 247-266Open 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

  • Faculty of Law, University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway

    Anna Nylund

  • Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

    Kaijus Ervasti

  • Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Lin Adrian

About the editors

​Lin Adrian is Associate professor and director of the executive Master in Mediation program at the University of Copenhagen. 
Anna Nylund is Professor of Law at the University of Tromsø.
Kaijus Ervasti is Adjunct professor (docent) of the Procedural Law at the University of Eastern Finland and Adjunct professor (docent) of Empirical Studies of the Law at the University of Lapland.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)