The quintessence of the event, which took place in the boardroom of the Academic Council of the Law Faculty of the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University on February 12, 2020, is most appropriately captured in this title.
Participants of the University project team of the grant project “Mediation: Training and Society Transformation / MEDIATS” of EU Program ERASMUS+ KA2: CBHE organized a workshop for members of the Public Law Department of the University, which, in its content, has become a form of report of the project team on the results of its members’ learning of European mediation experience during their training visits in February 2019 to the Breda Business Academy (Netherlands), in December 2019 to the University of Turiba (Riga, Latvia) and in January 2020 to the Catholic University of San Antonio, Murcia (Spain).
Ruslana Havrylyuk, manager of the project team and Head of the Department of Public Law, acquainted the participants with European methods of using the mediation pyramid in the training of mediators. Pavlo Bartusiak, a member of the project team, disclosed the content of the mediation matrix and introduced the European methods to its use in the training of mediators. Maryna Fedorchuk dedicated her speech to the necessity and importance of differentiating mediation and negotiation in the training of mediators. Illia Yuriichuk shared the European methods of applying the role-playing game “Pirouette” in the training of mediators. Heorhii Moisei informed the attendees about the European methods of using the Offman’s Quadrant in the training of mediators, acquired during the training visits mentioned above.
There was a lively discussion of the speeches of the members of the project team, both themselves and members of the department, who do not participate formally in the project. In particular, a member of the project team, Dean of the Faculty of Law Professor Petro Patsurkivskyy drew attention to the fact that in European countries, mediation is seen above all as a certain value that cannot be reduced only to techniques, technologies and methods of conflict resolution. The last are mediator tools and no more. Mediation as a whole is a certain type of culture of society. This culture, on the one hand, is a precondition for the effectiveness of mediation practices, and on the other, it is largely a consequence of the rooting and systematic application of these practices.
The workshop became at the same time an effective form of teaching all members of the Public Law Department the axioms of mediation. It deserves to be repeated with relevant features throughout the faculty, both for teaching staff and students.
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