Source: (2004) Papers presented at the Third Conference of the European Forum for Victim-Offender Mediation and Restorative Justice, 'Restorative Justice in Europe: Where are we heading?', Budapest, Hungary, 14-16 October. Downloaded 22 September 2005.

The mediterranean model of mediation has been created in Bari by CRISI, a mediation centre that manages the Civil and Penal Mediation Office for the Juvenile Court. This model comes from the so called humanistic model and on the one hand it is in opposition with the problem-solving model. On the other hand it feeds itself with all the suggestions that in mediation room send back to history and culture of the past to whom belong both mediators and those mediated. This going back to the past means to go back to the origins that, in this specific case, are founded in Mediterranean, the sea which mediates between lands but also people. The model realises, through the experience of people meeting in mediation, the overcoming of categories, victim and offender, to bring both into the only universal category of human being. This process happens first in the mediation room and then in society and the people who participate in mediation can find again their dignity as human beings that were devastated by the crime. Author's abstract.

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