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15 / 06 / 2004
Ignacio Bolaños: Families´ laws are stronger than those of the judges

Experts in familial and educational mediation expose their experiences at the round table discussion of the Dialogue: “Conflicts of Everyday Life”

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Ignacio Bolaños and other experts in mediation in familiar conflicts have agreed this afternoon on the fact that there are no strict laws for mediating, rather, in each case, we should give precedence to experimentation in accordance to the situation of the family, “the laws of the family are more powerful than those of the judges.”

The round table on familial mediation has called for the need to educate the judges in which mediation is more useful than the mere application of sanctioning laws.

According to the criteria of Leticia García, Lia Mastropado, and Jordi Pérez, experts in mediation in familial conflicts, as well as members of the round table discussion, the future of mediation in the familial sphere will depend on the popularization of the figure of the mediator and will be “word of mouth, among citizens, that will help to improve the understanding of these processes.”

Likewise, they said “In Spain, a consensus needs to be reached on laws about familial mediation because in each autonomous community there are different legislations. They also requested that, within the laws, there should be a flexibility that allows the mediator to apply his or her own resources according to each case.

Carme Bouque, a participant in the round table discussion on mediation in the educational sphere assured us that “it isn’t true that there are more conflicts in the educational sphere now” and that “if we want a school to better educate its students, more time not teachers is needed.”

According to her experience, Buque commented that mediation has been very productive in schools because the values that they learn there are transferred to other spheres, such as the family, and the community.

This afternoon, during the Dialogue “Conflicts in Everyday Life” workshops were held that dealt with the importance of non-verbal language in mediation for the solution of conflicts, and examples were given about mediation through plastic and stage arts.