Summary: 1. Introduction. – 2. International Standards. – 3 Role of Enforcement Agents in Debt Collection. – 4. Categories of Cases to Be Submitted to Participatory Enforcement. – 5. Application of Mediation by Enforcement Agents in Countries Where Enforcement Agents are not Officially Recognised as Mediators by National Law. – 6. Benefits of Participatory Enforcement. – 7. Conclusion.
This does not necessarily mean that in these jurisdictions enforcement agents use mediation in ongoing enforcement procedures executed under their supervision (the latter is qualified as ‘post-judicial mediation’ or ‘participatory enforcement’). In actual fact, examples of post-judicial mediation are scarce or non-existent even though they are discussed in literature. As will be shown in the present contribution, ‘post-judicial mediation’ is often not conceived as mediation in the strict sense (i.e. the bringing about of an amicable settlement under the guidance of a neutral mediator), but as a series of activities aimed at providing efficient and effective enforcement services. It is often better to refer to ‘post-judicial mediation’ as ‘participator enforcement’ or ‘amicable enforcement’. Best practices in participatory enforcement are the central topic of the present contribution.