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Mediation In The Norwegian Land Consolidation Courts


  • Rognes, Jorn
  • Sky, Per Kare


In Norway land consolidation is organized entirely within the judicial system. This paper describes how land consolidation courts work, and examines mediation activities in the courts. Questionnaires were used to get data on 727 cases in 1996, and in-depth interviews with 23 judges were used to get information on mediation behavior. The results indicate that mediation is a frequent activity. Many cases are settled through mediation rather than by verdicts. Mediation activities vary with case type, complexity, significance and conflict level. Mediation activities reduce conflicts even in those cases where final decisions are made through verdicts. Cases that have a mediated settlement are generally less complex, less significant and have lower conflict levels than cases ending with verdicts. Judges use a large number of mediation techniques, and there are large variations in mediation styles between judges. The results are discussed in terms of future research needs and in terms of the practice of mediation in land disputes.

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  • Rognes, Jorn & Sky, Per Kare, 1998. "Mediation In The Norwegian Land Consolidation Courts," Working Papers 12808, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Land Tenure Center.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:uwltwp:12808
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.12808

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    1. Oldenburg, Philip, 1990. "Land consolidation as land reform, in India," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 18(2), pages 183-195, February.
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    4. Goodale, Mark R.G. & Sky, Per Kare, 2000. "A Comparative Study Of Land Tenure, Property Boundaries, And Dispute Resolution: Examples From Bolivia And Norway," Working Papers 12769, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Land Tenure Center.
    5. Sevatdal , Hans, 2016. "New commons established by pooling, facilitated by the Land Consolidation Court. Norwegian experiences and examples," CLTS Working Papers 3/16, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Centre for Land Tenure Studies, revised 16 Oct 2019.

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