Mediation as the art of life

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Mediation as the art of life

It is under this name on December 3, 2019 the project team of Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University of EU Project MEDIATS with the support of the Mediation, Negotiation and Arbitration Laboratory of the Department of Public Law organized a public lecture for university law students and practicing lawyers by Italian mediator Ms. Sofia Dudchak, who has been actively cooperating with the Mediation Centers and Courts of Milan and Bergamo (Italy) for the past 6 years.

The originality of outlook and vision of the nature of mediation was clearly demonstrated, starting with the topic of the public lecture and followed in each slide and replica checked. The focus was on the humanistic model of mediation, authored by the famous French public figure Jacqueline Marino, who has been actively involved in the implementation and development of mediation by the French Ministry of Justice since 1984. She created the first experience of legal mediation for the Paris prosecutor’s office.

Today, the ideas of humanistic mediation are widely used throughout the world. Humanistic mediation is an expanded understanding of restorative justice not only about the conflict side, it is restorative justice to itself. It’s like purifying and restoring hearts that have accumulated insults, pain, cruelty, and injustice throughout life. Currently, restorative justice is seen as a movement for justice that complements the formal justice system, involves the parties and the public in managing the consequences of crimes, thus contributing to the social reintegration of the offender and reducing the number of criminal penalties.

We sincerely thank Ms. Sofia Dudchak for the great opportunity to look at mediation from a new side for us. Let’s conclude a brief description of the public lecture with the words of Jacqueline Marino: “Introduction to mediation and mediation experience is individual for everyone: new opportunities, new values are obtained for someone; another level of communication opens for someone else; for others it may be a way to continue listening to himself and others more deeply… in all cases, it is a positive, constructive process that unambiguously opens up many wonderful opportunities for the individual, both in personal and social life. This is the path that should be passed”.

Ruslana Havrylyuk

Manager of the project group MEDIATS, Head of the Department of Public Law

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