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Building and toning: an analysis of the institutionalisation of mediation in penal matters in Hungary.

Fellegi, Borbála
June 4, 2015

Source: (2011) Temida. 14(1):21-36.

Since 1 January 2007, victims of crimes and offenders have been offered the chance to
have recourse to mediation in Hungary. This paper will first give a short overview of the
current situation of mediation in penal matters in Hungary, then it will discuss some general
phenomena and dilemmas concerning the general introduction of mediation. After that, I
will present a SWOT analysis1
of the current Hungarian mediation system in penal matters.
The main goal of this article is to set up certain criteria for the further development of the
restorative approach. The lessons we have learnt, the strengths and opportunities of the
system and the identification of weaknesses might prove useful for other countries when
they choose to introduce mediation, and in relation to the protection of victims in particular. (author’s abstract)


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