CHNU project team activities

From May to September 2019

May 18-19, 2019

Working Group of Erasmus + KA2 CBHE Project No. 599010-EPP-1-2018-1-NL-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP “Mediation: Learning and Transformation of Society / MEDIATS” from Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University: Ruslana Havrylyuk, head of the Working Group, Petro Patsurkivskyy, Dmytro Kostya, Oksana Melenko, Pavlo Bartusiak, Illia Yuriichuk, Heorhii Moisei, Lyudmyla Kostya together with the Chernivtsi branch of the Students League of the Ukrainian Bar Association within the framework of celebrating the Year of Mediation in Ukraine held the First Regional School of Mediation. The school was attended by all the above-mentioned members of the Working Group of the Erasmus + KA2 MEDIATS Project (Mediation: Education and Society Transformation) from Chernivtsi National University, graduates of the Certification Program “Professional Mediator” – practicing mediators from Chernivtsi Olena Zimnitska, Natalia Volkova and Olena Kutsak, also leading Ukrainian trainers-mediators from Kyiv Olha Tyutyun, Natalia Kovalko, Svitlana Heda, mediators from Lviv Anna Lysko and Svitlana Ilnytska.

Students from seven different higher education institutions of Ukraine actively participated in the work of the school.


May 21-22, 2019

At the invitation of the head of the Working Group of the Erasmus + KA2 CBHE Project No. 599010-EPP-1-2018-1-NL-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP “Mediation: Learning and Transformation of Society / MEDIATS” from Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University Ruslana Havrylyuk and the member of the group Dmytro Kostya at the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University was conducted a two-day training on family mediation and negotiations by Frank Laney, Certified Mediator of the US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, Chairman of the Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution (North Carolina), Member of the Academy of Family Mediators. It was attended by students, faculty memebers, lawyers, notaries and judges of Chernivtsi and the region. This training found a positive resonance outside Chernivtsi.


May 28, 2019

Lidia Nesterenko, Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Law, member of the Laboratory for Mediation, Negotiation and Arbitration, according to the implementation plan of the Working Group of Erasmus + KA2 CBHE Project No. 599010-EPP-1-2018-1-NL-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP “Mediation: Learning and Transformation of Society / MEDIATS” from Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, participated in the Seminar: “Features of mediation in sphere of intellectual property and technology disputes: foreign experience and prospects of application in Ukraine”.


May 29, 2019

Ivan Balykin, member of the Working Group of Erasmus + KA2 CBHE Project No. 599010-EPP-1-2018-1-NL-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP “Mediation: Learning and Transformation of Society / MEDIATS” from KROK University made a working visit to Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University. The purpose of the visit was the establishing of closer cooperation between the KROK University and Chernivtsi National University in the framework of the implementation of the joint project Erasmus + KA2 MEDIATS (Mediation: Learning and Transformation of Society), which is funded by European Union.


May 30, 2019

In the future – without aggression and conflict!

With this in mind, three Ukrainian universities – KROK University, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National Universit have joined MEDIATS, a project for implement a method of mediation that can turn any dispute into effective negotiation.

This Erasmus + Project started in the autumn of 2018 – and within a month and a half, on November 15, the participants managed to meet at a workshop in the Netherlands, to learn the basics of mediation and, under the guidance of experts, to create a master’s plan to train Ukrainian specialists on conflict resolution.

The range of the project is striking: as many as 9 universities from Spain, Azerbaijan, Latvia, Germany, Georgia and Ukraine are already launching the graduation of mediators, and a total grant for implementation amounted 848 524 euro!

The project will be completed in 2021, and by that time the team has ambitious goals: to disseminate the principles of mediation in society and to establish a Mediation Federation in Ukraine, which will become the focus of this new and useful science.

Social, economic, scientific projects – each of them will enable to build an independent and educated society. Join these changes – and work with Erasmus +!


June 6, 2019

Lidia Nesterenko, Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Law, member of the Laboratory for Mediation, Negotiation and Arbitration, according to the implementation plan of the Working Group of Erasmus + KA2 CBHE Project No. 599010-EPP-1-2018-1-NL-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP “Mediation: Learning and Transformation of Society / MEDIATS” from Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, participated in a practical seminar with the representatives of the communities of Vyzhnytsia, surrounding villages and towns “Realizing the rights of citizens in the territorial communities of the region”, where she revealed the main benefits of mediation as an alternative way of resolving disputes. Special attention was also given to such issues: where to seek legal advice, who can assist with mediation to resolve the conflict, what is mediation, what are its benefits, or will it really work, where to find a mediator?


June 12, 2019

Head of the Working Group of the Erasmus + KA2 Project MEDIATS “Mediation: Learning and Transformation of Society”, which is funded by European Union, LLD, Head of the Department of Public Law at Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University Ruslana Havrylyuk, the member of Working Group, PhD, Head of the Laboratory for Mediation, Negotiation and Arbitration of the Department of Public Law at Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University Dmytro Kostya and involved mediator and lawyer Olena Zimnitska on the basis and with the assistance of the Regional Center for Free Legal Aid in Chernivtsi Oblast held an introductory seminar on the topic “Mediation: briefly on the main thing”. Workers of the free legal aid system from all over Chernivtsi region took part in the seminar. They had the opportunity to learn more about the nature and principles of mediation as an alternative (extrajudicial) way of dispute settlement, its advantages and disadvantages, peculiarities of finding out the interests and needs of the parties of the conflict, dealing with their emotions, mediator’s communication skills, practical aspects of mediation negotiations and specifics for involvement lawyers to it. During the seminar, special attention was paid to the inclusion of legal aid recipients in the mediation negotiation process. On the next day, a tripartite Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University on behalf of the Laboratory for Mediation, Negotiation and Arbitration of the Department of Public Law, NGO “Bukovynian Mediation Center” and the Regional Center for Free Legal Aid in Chernivtsi Oblast. The ceremony of signing the agreement was attended by the Director of the Regional Center for Free Legal Aid in Chernivtsi Oblast Arkadii Muntianu, Acting Rector of the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University Oleg Angelsky and the head of the Working Group of the Erasmus + KA2 Project CBHE No. 599010-EPP-1-2018-1-NL-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP Mediation: Learning and Transforming Society / MEDIATS” Ruslana Havrylyuk. The parties agreed to continue the initialed practice of conducting information-training activities on the procedures, principles and process for involving the parties in mediation, as well as a number of other introductory presentations on certain aspects of mediation for the employees of the centers for free legal aid in the region. In addition, the parties agreed on the principles of cooperation to ensure the provision of pro bono mediation services to persons entitled to free legal aid.


June 24, 2019

Head of the Working Group of the Erasmus + KA2 CBHE Project No. 599010-EPP-1-2018-1-NL-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP “Mediation: Learning and Transformation of Society / MEDIATS” from Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University Ruslana Havrylyuk and the chief of the Department of Communication and Access to Public Information at the Regional Center for Free Legal Aid in Chernivtsi Oblast Olha Andritska during a television interview for local media discussed the main benefits of mediation as a means of conflict resolution.


July 18, 2019

A member of the Erasmus + KA2 MEDIATS Working Group (Mediation: Learning and Transforming Society), Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Petro Patsurkivskyy participated in the national conference “Legislative regulation of mediation in Ukraine”, that took place in Kyiv. Judges, lawyers, prosecutors, deputies, representatives of state authorities and the public became participants in the discussion. The conference was dedicated to the discussion of the bill “About the activities in the field of mediation”, which was registered in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on June 5, 2019 authored by the people’s deputy of Ukraine Yuriy Miroshnichenko, who actually presented it to the experts and the public.


During July 2019 – members of the Erasmus + KA2 Project Working Group CBHE № 599010-EPP-1-2018-1-NL-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP “Mediation: Learning and Transforming Society / MEDIATS” from Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University Ruslana Havrylyuk and Petro Patsurkivskyy recruited fourteen masters degree based on education program “Bachelor of Laws”, who will begin professional training in the 1,5-year Master’s educational and professional program “Lawyer-mediator” from 01.09.2019.


During July-August 2019 – all members of the Working Group of the project Erasmus + KA2 CBHE № 599010-EPP-1-2018-1-NL-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP “Mediation: Learning and Transforming Society / MEDIATS” worked on improvement of training programs of mandatory training courses for masters of educational and professional program “Lawyer-mediator” and in-depth development of free choice courses of students under this program.


August 13, 2019

Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Law, an employee of the Mediation, Negotiation and Arbitration Laboratory Lydia Nesterenko, as a part of the implementation of the Erasmus+ KA2 Project MEDIATS (Mediation: Learning and Transforming Society), conducted training for remote mountain community Selyatin “How can we realize and protect our rights and what is the paralawyers’ role in it!” Particular attention was paid to the benefits of mediation and how it could be used to resolve conflict. Those in attendance were interested in the mediation process itself, who could be the mediator, where he could be found and how to prove his professionalism.


August 28, 2019

The Head of the Erasmus + KA2 MEDIATS  (Mediation: Learning and Transforming Society) Working Group from Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University Ruslana Havrylyuk joined the discussion and recommendations of “The Essential Basics of Learning the Core Skills of a Mediator”. Accordingly, experts and representatives of the institutions of higher education were invited to the event, whose training programs covered the topic of mediation. So, in addition to the representative of the Law Faculty of Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, the meeting was attended by representatives of Vasyl Stus Donetsk National University, Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics, National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Lviv Polytechnic National University, Igor Sikorsky National Technical University of Ukraine KPI, Odessa State University of Internal Affairs, Odessa I. Mechnikov National University, Educational and Scientific Institute Karazin Business School and University of Economics and Law KROK.


September 25, 2019

Members of the Working Group of the Project Erasmus + KA2 MEDIATS  (Mediation: Learning and Transforming Society) Ruslana Havrylyuk and Lydia Nesterenko within the framework of the III Kharkiv International Legal Forum participated in the international round table “Mediation as a Global Trend in Legal Practice”, where they had the opportunity to engage in discussions with leading European experts (Ahne Tvaronavichene, Director of the Institute of Public Law of School of Law of Nicholas Romeris University, Doctor of Laws, Mediator (CEDR), Chairman of the Commission for the Qualification Examination of Mediators appointed by the Ministry of Justice of Lithuania; Anna Kalish, Doctor of Laws, Qualified Specialist in various fields of European Law in the Supreme Administrative Court of Poland; Fozilzhon Otakhonov, Chairman of the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Doctor of Laws; Ales Zalar, Head of the European Dispute Resolution Center (Slovenia)) and representatives of the judiciary community (Larisa Shvetsova, Member of the High Council of Justice; Natalia Sakara, judge of Cassation Civil Court of Supreme Court) to the most pressing problems of establishing and implementing a mediation institute.


In addition, members of the Working Group of the Project Erasmus + KA2 MEDIATS  (Mediation: Learning and Transforming Society) Ruslana Havrylyuk and Lydia Nesterenko within the framework of the III Kharkiv International Legal Forum attended a lecture on “Mediation Trends in Selected EU Countries”, presented by Ales Zalar, Head of the European Dispute Resolution Center (Slovenia), Graduate lawyer. From 1989 to 2008 he was a judge. From 1991 to 2007 he held the position of chairman of the court of first instance in Ljubljana, and later of chairman of the district court of Ljubljana. He then worked as a legal advisor to the European Union on EU law in the Supreme Court of Romania and as a mediation consultant to the Croatian Ministry of Justice. From 2008 to 2012 he held the position of Minister of Justice of the Slovenian Republic. Today he works as chairman (2012) and expert at the European Dispute Resolution Center.