Rooting mediation as an alternative to state courts

“We will create an effective system of mediation, restorative justice, reference courts and arbitration”, is mentioned in the Program of Activities of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, submitted for approval to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

One of the concrete steps in the practical implementation of this ambitious strategy, a public demand for which has long been ripe in Ukraine, was the carrying on October 3, 2019 as part of the implementation of the Erasmus + KA2 CBHE project No. 599010-EPP-1-2018-1-NL-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP “Mediation: Training and Society Transformation / MEDIATS” meeting of the head of the Working Group from Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University on this project, the head of the Department of Public Law, Doctor of Law, mediator Ruslana Havrilyuk, the head of the Laboratory of Mediation, Negotiations and Arbitration of the same department, Lydia Nesterenko and first-year students of the Faculty of Law of the University, on the one hand, and the management and staff of the Regional Center for the provision of free secondary legal assistance in Chernivtsi region, which was held on the occasion of the 4th anniversary of the contact center in Chernivtsi. It was an informative workshop – an informal training-discussion of the specialists of the free legal aid system, lawyers, mediators and students of the Faculty of law of the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University about the advantages and disadvantages of both the judicial settlement of disputes and the settlement of disputes through mediation.

After completion of the intensive training, the head the Working Group  of Erasmus   KA2 CBHE Project No. 599010-EPP-1-2018-1-NL-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP “Mediation: Training and society transformation / MEDIATS” from Chernivtsi National University Ruslana Havrilyuk had the opportunity to discuss with Arkady Muntean, the head of the Regional center for the provision of free secondary legal assistance in Chernivtsi region,  the prospects for joining forces to create mediation rooms at the departments of the Center.