The Nordic countries i.e. Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden have close geographic, historical, social, economic, cultural and linguistic affinity. In addition, they share legal traditions and have historically inspired each other’s legal systems. This is also true for mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Since the 1980s mediation has spread in the Nordic countries, and parallel to this expansion of practice, mediation research has emerged and grown. Despite many similarities, the spread and use of mediation varies. This variation is reflected in the mediation research from each country.

This website is a result of the research project Nordic Mediation Research, finance by the Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS). The project resulted in the publication Nordic Mediation Research, which presents twelve unique studies on mediation from researchers from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, respectively.

In addition to the publication, this website contains information on Nordic mediation legislation, mediation researchers and selected literature on mediation. We hope that you find inspiration for practice and theory alike.