Source: (1995) BewShrungshilfe 42(1):82-93.

Taking the working method and results of a victim offender mediation project in the German city of Oldenburg as an example, the author examines how feasible an alternative victim offender mediation approach is to trial proceedings and sanctions of criminal law. The problems and dangers encountered in carrying out informal forms of conflict resolution are pointed out. The advantages and prospects of out-of-court settlement seem to be a greater independence from the criminal justice system and a stronger integration of mediation into the preliminary states of criminal justice proceedings or into the community context. For this purpose, a limitation of criminal law seems inevitable.