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For most of Europe’s civilized societies, the concept of mediation has long had only its inherent model structures verified by life, worldview meanings, value canons. We cannot say the same about Ukraine, in which mediation has just begun to work its way out, to take root in everyday life. To a large extent, these processes are facilitated by the international Grant Project “Mediation: Training and Society Transformation” of the EU Program ERASMUS + KA2: CBHЕ, one of whose partners is Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University (ChNU).

The concept of mediation has so far entered into the consciousness of the project team on mediation from the university, in memory of the entire academic community of the Faculty of Law of the ChNU as a synonym for innovation, intellectual asceticism, as a tense, inspired work on the implementation of the European mediation experience in Ukrainian realities…

Draft grant applications for grants were created. The most diverse plans for the implementation of the European grant project won jointly with partners were developed. An educational and professional program “Mediation” was created in the throes of creative searches. Work programs for more than twenty specialized educational disciplines were developed. Particularly carefully, with a trip to the relevant universities, the experience of training professional mediators of the Netherlands Business Academy (Breda, the Netherlands), TURIBA University (Riga, Latvia), and the Catholic University of Murcia (Spain) were studied. Certification mediation programs were conducted for law practitioners, and many other efforts by the MEDIATS project team from ChNU were constantly applied.

Often the fatigue from truly titanic work raised, so to speak, philosophical questions – was it worth taking the burden on yourself? When will the invested efforts return concrete results? Although much of the above is an excellent result …

And somehow, especially unexpectedly, similar results began to appear. The most important of them so far is that the master’s program in mediation appealed to students. For the second year in a row, many graduate bachelors of the law specialty are showing their desire to study this program. The MEDIATS project has significantly added to the positive image of the university, especially the Faculty of law. In the structure of the Department of Public Law, an educational and scientific laboratory for mediation, negotiation and arbitration has been formed and is dynamically developing. By the joint efforts of the university, the Faculty of law and the department, this laboratory was transformed into one of the best institutes of this type.

Evidence of the latter is at least that, with the active assistance of this laboratory, two more international grant projects were won at the faculty: “Legal clinics – agents for popularizing mediation as a way to resolve a dispute”, which was carried out in 2019 under the project “Development of regional leadership and strengthening the model Coordination of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine” and was funded by the International Renaissance Foundation and “Legal Clinics – Providers of Free Legal Aid to Consumers of Financial Services” (2020-2021), implemented as part of the USAID grant project “Transformation of the financial sector” and provides the involvement of mediators in resolving of real financial cases.

And now the next harvest, the real honey collection of the MEDIATS project team of the University: through the grant project “Mediation: Training and Society Transformation”, for the quality implementation of the same project for the educational laboratory of mediation, negotiation and arbitration, it was acquired as international technical assistance of the EU Program ERASMUS + KA2: CBHЕ:

  1. One multi-function device A3 laser.
  2. Two Laptops 15.6 “(CPU 4 cores, 4 GB RAM).
  3. PC (CPU 4 cores, 8 GB RAM, HDD 500 GB, a monitor).
  4. Projector (3600 lm).

One success creates another success.

Manager of the MEDIATS project team
from ChNU,
Head of the Department of Public Law
Ruslana Havrylyuk

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