Legal expertise center
& cross-border mediation

Program of the training

Center IKO invites you to join our interactive training to become a Cross-border mediator, with knowledge about all legal aspects of international mediation, The Hague Child Abduction Convention, Brussels II Bis and other important European rules. We will have a look in different countries, inside and outside Europe.

In this training, we combine plenary training sessions, intervision in little groups, working on your own portfolio and roleplaying. We will have a lot of interaction, personal contact, during and in between the training days.

The plenary training sessions and the contacts in between, will give you a 55-hour course, in a hybrid form. We combine the advantages of online lessons with the important impact of personal contact.

This course will give you access to the Cross-border Family Network. You will get tools to mediate in all kind of international family cases, like child abduction cases, International  access cases and international parental plans. You will learn how to work out a memorandum of understanding (MOU), in different situations. You will learn how to work in a co-mediation and how to work with, and in, different cultures. The position of the child will be a focus point during the whole course, legally and emotionally.

After this course you will have enough knowledge and understanding to do a proper international family mediation, but above all you will feel an endless curiosity for what people motivates, for how children can be served best and how to figure out what works best in all your unique cases.

Below you see a quick overview of what we offer you in this training:

Day 1: online


Start and introduction

Emphasize with parents and children in international family conflicts


Global overview with the stages of the legal and emotional process of cross border mediation

Different types of cases

Characteristics of cross-border mediation

Starting points of cross-border mediation


Explanation portfolio


Day 2: online


Legal framework

Parental authority, Hague Convention 1980,  Brussel II bis/ter



Intercultural relationships and communication


Day 3: online


Continue Br II bis/ter

Recognition and enforcement

Hague Child Protection Convention 1996

UNCRC: Position of the child, Explanation of the Guardian ad litem



Cross Border Family Mediation, how it works


Day 4: online


Drawing up a memorandum of understanding (MOU)

De judge and mediation

Implement a MOU


Day 5: In Real Life (IRL)





Role play and exercises


Day 6: In Real Life (IRL)


Voice of the child



Co-mediation and tools to work together



Day 7: In Real Life (IRL)


European cooperation and the network