The cooperation of universities with the free legal aid system – the formula for the success of mediation in Ukraine

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The cooperation of universities with the free legal aid system – the formula for the success of mediation in Ukraine

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.

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