Why this book?
GEMME celebrates its 10th anniversary: it is a moment that deserves to be celebrated.
It is difficult to start an association and give it wings, especially since it is a multinational one, formed by people coming from different countries, having different cultures, different responses to challenges, different lifestyles and different mindsets.
But it is possible to experience this diversity and prevail in unity because it is the common denominator that connects us together and gives us a common vision.
We wish Justice and Peace to our country and to our fellow citizens. And we know that mediation represents nowadays an indispensable tool at the service of citizens whose conflicts should be eradicated.
One has said: If you want peace, fight for Justice! We want to add that mediation is the privileged way for obtaining those objectives.
We are aware that the judicial institution is indispensable and fundamental. But, at the same time we are also aware of the fact that nowadays it is not conceivable that we can satisfy the need for Justice by following a unique pathway in which all conflicts could be solved.
Obviously, the celebration of the 10th anniversary of GEMME reaches its peak at the Conference in Paris on the 5th and 6th of June 2014, but this book is a milestone in the history, created to be a reference for the present and to remain a reference for the future.
I want to give thanks to those who made this book possible.
Long live GEMME!
Jaime Octávio Cardona Ferreira,
President of GEMME,
Former First President of the Supreme Court of Portugal