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Volunteer or professional mediators.

Paus, Karen Kristin
June 4, 2015

Source: (2004) Paper 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 24 May 2005.

Through my presentation in this workshop I wish to outline some issues for debate regarding the choice
between using laymen or professionals as mediators between victim and offender. What are the benefits and
strengths and what might be weaknesses i.e. regarding legal safeguards etc. By using the Norwegian model as a
background for my presentation focus will be towards laymen as mediators. I can already admit that I think the
choice of using laymen is a good one, but both systems do in my opinion hold dilemmas that need to be
addressed. (excerpt)


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