MiKK Ambassadors

MiKK Ambassadors

Across Border, Beyond Conflicts, MiKK Ambassadors for Mediation

The MiKK Ambassador Project promotes cross-border family mediation (CBFM) within the EU, responding to the strengthened mediation provisions of the new Brussels IIb (recast) Regulation.

Ambassadors raise awareness, share best practices, and increase expertise in CBFM across the EU, reaching non-English speaking stakeholders such as judges, lawyers, mediators, social workers, guardian ad litems and NGOs. They promote MiKK’s mediation models and tools (e.g. the 4B MiKK Mediation Model, the AMICABLE Best Practice Tools, the Mediator-in-Court Model) to ensure that there will be specialized mediators and national mediation structures in every EU States.

In 2022, 5 Ambassadors from Poland, Sweden, Greece, and Austria, in 2023, 6 Ambassadors from Ireland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Luxemburg and Spain, while  in 2024 2 Ambassadors from Japan were selected.

Meet the Ambassadors of MiKK

Veerle Lisabeth

Veerle Lisabeth

2. Workshop: Monday, 22th April 2024, Time: 14.00 – 17.00 CET
Topic: No Conflict without Grief – Or: How to Put the Real Needs on the Agenda
Trainer: Veerle Lisbeth (Belgium) 

Workshop Description

This webinar will introduce the so called “Grief-Conflict Model”, which represents a specific way of looking at and dealing with conflicts. Grief as well as Conflict are experiences which can both impact our lives profoundly. A great deal is known and has been written about grief and conflict as seperate and very different experiences. Until recently, the inner correlation between these two experiences has never been explored. It has in fact been overlooked …

Lisa Parkinson

Lisa Parkinson

4. Bonus Workshop 4: Friday, 26th April 2024, Time: 12.00 – 15.00 CET 
Topic: What About Me? The Child’s Right to be Heard
Trainer: Lisa Parkinson (England, UK)

Workshop Description

The Brussels II Regulation of March 2005 upholds the UN Convention 1989 on the child’s right to be heard on decisions concerning the child, but this recognition does not ensure that the voice of the child will be heard either in court or out of court proceedings, such as mediation. Court-appointed social workers and psychologists do not always have regard to the child’s views and concerns, while parents tend to think that involving their child in mediation would make the child anxious and more aware of problems.

Dr. Jorge Guerra González

Dr. Jorge Guerra González

3. Workshop: Wednesday, 24th April 2024, Time: 10.00 – 13.00 CET
Topic: Navigating High-Stakes Waters: Mediating International Parental Child Abduction Cases to Prevent Harm
Trainer: Dr. Jorge Guerra González (Spain, Germany)

Workshop Description

In the complex landscape of international child abduction cases, mediation emerges as a crucial tool for preventing harm and restoring balance in the best interest of the child. But how exactly can mediation make a difference?

This interactive workshop explores the intricate and complex topic of mediating cases involving intentional parental bond severance, commonly known as …

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