Integrated mediation Greece
A sensational first appearance of Integrated Mediation Greece presents itself at a lawyer’s conference in Larissa (Central Greece). Theoharis Angelidis, lawyer, mediator and representative of Integrated Mediation Greece has been persuasive. The Bar Association has become curious and has put integrated mediation on the agenda.
There are two topics to which Integrated Mediation will contribute at the lawyer’s conference:
One topic is the compulsory mediation (mandated mediation) for certain legal disputes recently introduced in Greece. According to Integrated Mediation, the compulsion to mediate is not a technical obstacle. An accomplished mediator will succeed in motivating parties to doing the mediation though. Nevertheless force in any way does not fit the nature of mediation as a voluntary process. A procedure that pretends to understand interests, needs and motives should also be able to orient the demand for itself to the motives and needs of the parties rather than coercion. The needs of the parties certainly are not to save costs for the court system. The needs of the parties more are based on the conflict and the benefits the conflict resolution procedure can provide to them. This benefit is not always worked out correctly. For example, the slogan “Better, cheaper and faster” does not highlight the real value of mediation to the parties. A slogan “Comprehensive and satisfying” would be closer to their needs. Unfortunately satisfaction cannot be given by force. It needs an understanding of the benefits to be achieved and the idea that and how it can be achieved. In that regard, correct education about mediation certainly helps more than coercion.
This brings us to the second post. It is entitled “Integrated Mediation”. It shifts the point of intervention before the parties appear in the mediation and before they are asked about their voluntariness. It expects a clearing instance from all the service providers, or from the authorities and the court, in which people deal with the conflict of the parties and the ways in which they can be resolved in order to find ways of achieving maximum satisfaction. Often cultural ideas have to be overcome, such as that a gain can only be achieved with power and superiority, or that cooperation is not likely to dissolve the confrontation. These questions are indeed addressed in a mediation. It could be the wrong time when the path to conflict resolution is already set. What if clerks and servants have not only the experience but also the competence to address these questions (meditative thinking) even before deciding for or against mediation? What if they know the migration strategy developed by Integrated Mediation and can resolve the confrontation in a cooperation? What if society appreciates the wisdom of mediation and knows how to turn it into maximum benefit for all?
Knowledge and insight point the way. Mediation is understood as a process of gaining knowledge as it is to go. Integrated mediation says how it is possible even if no mediation is pending.
Contact person for the Integrated Mediation in Greece is: