My name is Suzanne Karsai and I always find it challenging to put one label/job category after my name. :)
I would rather say that humanism is my profession.
"I am interested in people, I am in interested in life, I am interested in the world – I deal with nothing else.
I am a European and in these years when Europe is undergoing great changes of a major development, I am leading a happy life in Europe.
I believe in Europe and I work with all my heart for a more human, honest, freer and healthier Europe.” (Sándor Márai)
I listen and I observe. I listen and I ask questions. I listen and I try to help. I believe in nonviolent communication.
I fell in love with Mediation in 2015 when I did my first training in Hungary.
I soon realized that being a Mediator is not only a profession, it is also a specific approach to life. An approach where the goal is to better understand each other, to be able to better communicate, meaning both expressing ourselves and listening to the other party. Mediation is also about believing in the ability and willingness of the parties to recognize their respective needs and to try to find a way forward together. As a Mediator it is my job to facilitate this road. (To learn more about my Mediation activities, please consult my Mediation CV).
I am also a Lawyer who has worked in various national and international administrations (Ministry of Justice of Hungary, European Commission, European Court of Justice, Ministry of Justice of Luxembourg). I find that my legal knowledge and global understanding of European legal systems is reassuring to all parties working with me. I am currently in charge of Alternative Dispute Resolution files (Mediation and Restaurative Justice) and of the respective legislation at the Ministry of Justice of Luxembourg. As a Lawyer it is also my job to promote Mediation.
After training in Positive Psychology Interventions, I volunteered to give Happiness Lessons in Hungary and in Luxembourg with the intention to promote mental health. The aim was to give simple tools in the hands of the participants to boost their well-being in everyday situations. The course proved to be a success and contributed to my decision to join my colleagues in founding the Positive Psychology Association of Luxembourg. As a Board Member of the Association I am currently exploring ways in which Positive Psychology can be useful in Mediation.
2009 Master of Law, dr. iur.
ELTE University (Hungary)
2009 Maitrise en Droit Comparé
Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II (France)
2012 Hungarian Administrative Proficiency exam
2014 Hungarian Bar exam
2017 Mediator Accreditation (Luxembourg)
Ministry of Justice, Luxembourg
Trained by Institut Européen des Relations Sociales (Luxembourg)
2018 Mediator Accreditation (Hungary)
Ministry of Justice, Hungary
Trained by Partners Hungary Alapítvány (Hungary)
Coaching and Positive Psychology Trainings
2016 Happiness Coach based on Positive Psychology Interventions
Trained by The World is Better With You Foundation (Hungary)
2017 Relationship Coach, Marriage Counselor, Trainer Trained by Relationship Coaching and Mediation Institute (Hungary)