Join the network of Cross Border Family Mediators


The network of Cross-border Family Mediators, a project of Missing Children Europe, is organising a new 50-hour training course to qualify practicing family mediators to mediate cross-border family disputes, including international child abductions, access and custody cases. The training will take place between the 28th of June and the 3rd of July 2015 in Sesimbra, Portugal.

The Cross-Border Family Mediators’ network consists of a group of over 125 trained bi-cultural family mediators who specialise in helping parents find an agreeable solution in cases of international family conflicts. Mediation has proved to be an effective way of resolving parental abductions, as it involves finding a mutual solution that is agreed upon by both parents in the best interest of the child.

The course will cover the relevant legal aspects of international family conflicts, including national family law, 1980 and 1996 Hague Conventions and the Brussels II bis Regulation. Participants will receive an overview of organisations in Europe which provide cross-border mediation in parental child abduction cases and will be introduced to tools and methodologies for mediating high conflict cases. Case studies and role playing will be an integral part of the course. Drawing on the participants’ experience, we will examine the issues of mediating across cultures and interdisciplinary cooperation.

The network of Cross Border Family Mediators looks forward to working with legal, psychosocial and educational professionals from a variety of cultural backgrounds and nationalities.

A maximum of 24 participants will be accepted to the course. Participants who complete the training may join the network of Cross-Border Family Mediators.

Lead Trainer

Sybille Kiesewetter (MiKK)


Spiros Livadopoulos (Greek Family Mediation Centre)
Anke Loebel (MiKK)

Guest Trainers

Lesley Allport (Lesley Allport Dispute Resolution)
Mary Carroll (MiKK)
Juliane Hirsch (legal expert, Paris)
Paula Pott (Judge Contact Point of the EJN (European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters))


SANA Sesimbra Hotel
Avenida 25 de Abril, 11
2970-634, Sesimbra, Portugal

Registration fee

1500 € pp including lunches during all training days

Further reading

Paul, C.C. & Kiesewetter, S. (editors) (2014). Cross-Border Family Mediation. International Parental Child Abduction, Custody and Access Cases. 2nd and updated edition. Berlin/ Frankfurt: Wolfgang Metzner.


Download the programme from here: Training programme

Download the registration form from here: Training registration. Please send this registration form together with a copy of your mediator’s certificate to