In early October 2019, the working group of Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University «MEDIATS» reported that it was substantiated and introduced to the scientific and methodological subcommittee on specialty 081 “Law” of the Scientific and Methodological Commission of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, the proposal to include as a separate special competence the sectoral standard of the second (master) level of higher education in specialty 081 “Law” to master alternative dispute resolution methods, primarily mediation as the key among these methods.
The working group of Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University also made a proposal to increase by more than double the capacity of master’s externship – up to 30 EKTS credits from all 90 EKTS credits of the master’s educational and professional program in law.
On December 16, 2019, both of these proposals were unanimously supported by members of the Sub-Commission on Law of the Scientific and Methodological Commission of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and they were entered in the sectoral standard!
The main principal consequence of these innovations, given the implementation of the «MEDIATS» project, was that from January 1, 2020 – from that time on, the sectoral standard of the second (master) level of higher education in specialty 081 “Law” in Ukraine comes into force – the capacity of Profiled specialized educational-professional program “Mediation” within the framework of the master’s educational and professional program will rightfully increase to 60 EKTS credits! This is the first.
Secondly, at least 30 EKTS credits under PSEPP “Mediation” will be allocated directly to the practical training of students. If necessary, this capacity can be significantly increased. Whether such need arises or not, previously it can be only testified by piloting PSEPP “Mediation” in its full version. But only more convincing can be indicated only by the practical experience of mediators-graduates of PSEPP “Mediation” for at least several years.
I’ll say there are sufficient grounds for concluding that the last obstacles for the full piloting of PSEPP “Mediation” are finally overcome within the framework of the educational and professional law program on the basis of the first (bachelor’s) level of higher education in law. This was precisely one of the main tasks of the «MEDIATS» project of the EU Program ERASMUS + KA2: CBHE for Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University.
But the influence and significance of accepted on a reasonable proposal of the «MEDIATS» project team of Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University innovations in the sectoral standard of the second (master) level of higher education are rightfully not limited to the project itself, but much more, multilateral by their nature. Of this series of inevitable consequences of the above innovations, I will pay attention to two significant ones.
Yes, these innovations have been able to dramatically improve the practical training of all master’s degrees in law and not just lawyers-mediators. Until now, this has been and remains the Achilles heel of the training of master’s degrees in law and lawyers in general.
Secondly, not only lawyers-mediators, which goes without saying, but masters of other profiled specialized educational-professional programs, within the framework of the educational and professional program, will by right acquire the competence of mediation as an alternative way to resolve disputes. For master students who will study in other profiled specialized educational-professional programs that are not directly related to mediation, the minimum amount of such training will be at least 5 EKTS credits. Previously, they did not receive this competency.
These innovations are actually marked by a fundamental character and will significantly affect the authority of the university and its ability to promote the values of mediation in Ukraine, to root the culture of mediation in society. They became possible thanks to the participation of Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University in the grant project of the EU Program ERASMUS +.
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