Great is seen from afar or The multilateral impact of MEDIATS Project

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The impact of MEDIATS project

The multilateral impact of the grant EU Project «Erasmus + KA2» “Mediation: Training and Society Transformation (MEDIATS)”№599010-EPP-1-2018-1-NL-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP

The first year of implementation of the aforementioned Project is coming to the end. The Project Working Group of the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University finalizes the final touches of the final report on the results of the implementation of the tasks in accordance with the agreed Plan of the first year of Project implementation. One year is not a significant time distance to see in all the essential manifestations something very significant and great, not only for the Project implementers but for Ukraine as a whole. However, many of the consequences of the implementation of the Project as a whole can be seen today.

What strikes me as one of the members of this Working Group from the inside of the Project and me from the outside as the Dean of the Law Faculty of the University, that became one of the training grounds for the piloting of the Erasmus + KA2 Project No. 599010-EPP-1-2018-1-NL-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP “Mediation: Learning and Transformation of Society / MEDIATS”? Of the many possible storyboards to answer this question, in my opinion, the most important one is – how has this Project changed and continues to change the social environment in which it is being implemented?

Thus, at the stage of substantiation of the need for participation of Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University in this Project and the direct preparation of the technical application for participation in the competition for grant funding and image and reputation support of the University, the Project Team Leader, Head of the Public Law Department of the University Ruslana Havrylyuk published in Ukraine’s most influential academic journal “Law of Ukraine” two groundbreaking articles in which she reveals, in a new way, the legal nature of mediation and its place in the legal system of Ukraine as a separate, qualitatively separated law institute (Havrylyuk R. The legal nature of mediation as an expression of human being’s properties / R. Havrylyuk // Law of Ukraine. – 2018. – № 3. – P. 128-143.; Havrylyuk R. The conditionality of the legal nature of mediation by the everyday structure of the human world / R. Havrylyuk // Law of Ukraine. – 2018. – № 5. – P. 181-195). They had a significant impact at least on the development of the concept of the Law of Ukraine “On Mediation”.

After the first study visit of the Working Group from Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University of the Erasmus + KA2 Project No. 599010-EPP-1-2018-1-NL-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP “Mediation: Learning and Transformation of Society / MEDIATS” to the Breda Business Academy (Netherlands) as part of the development of Master’s Program in Mediation, influenced by the Dutch experience in quality assurance in mediation education programs, this group prepared the “Principles and Procedures for Quality Assurance in the Development and Implementation of the Master’s Program in Mediation at Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University”. Half a year later, under the influence and on the basis of these Principles and Procedures, another basic document was created for the educational process at the Law Faculty as a whole: “Principles and Procedures for Quality Assurance of Education provided by the Law Faculty of Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University”.

As part of the preparation for piloting the Master’s education and professional program in mediation at the University, the educational and research laboratory of mediation, negotiation and arbitration (four specially equipped rooms) was created in the structure of the Department of Public Law. One of its statutory tasks is to promote, among the students of the university and in society as a whole, mediation as an alternative way of resolving disputes. In carrying out this task and a number of other tasks, the educational and research Laboratory of mediation, negotiation and arbitration cooperates functionally with the Law Clinic of the Faculty.

Under the influence of the University’s victorious participation in the grant project of Erasmus + KA2 «Mediation: training and society transformation / MEDIATS» № 599010-EPP-1-2018-1-NL-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP from Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, initiative group of four employees of the educational and scientific laboratory of mediation, negotiation and arbitration and the legal clinic of the faculty prepared a technical application for participation in the competition for grant financing within the grant subproject «Legal Clinics – agents for popularizing of mediation as a way to resolve disputes», carried out as part of the project «Development of regional leadership and strengthening the coordination model of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine». This project is implemented with financial and organizational support from the International Renaissance Foundation. As a result of the above-mentioned competition, the Working Group from Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, who represents the educational and scientific laboratory of mediation, negotiation and arbitration, was among the winners of the competition.

But this did not end the great positive impact of the participation of the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University in the grant project of Erasmus + KA2 № 599010-EPP-1-2018-1-NL-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP «Mediation: training and society transformation / MEDIATS».  In early November 2019, it became known that another working group from the Department of public law of University won the USAID grant project “Transformation of the financial sector”, funded by the US Agency for International Development and implemented by DAI GLOBBAL LLC. The competition was held among the higher educational institutions of Ukraine, competent to provide qualified legal assistance and to carry out training (informational and explanatory) programs for the provision of financial services. The main purpose of this grant is to support and develop university programs that offer free legal assistance and appropriate financial and legal advice to indigent or vulnerable groups. The project of the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University is called “Legal Clinics – Providers of Free Legal Aid to Consumers of Financial Services”. According to the mutual opinion of all the participants of the Working Group of this project from the university, it would not have existed at all if it had not been for the impact of the grant project of Erasmus + KA2 № 599010-EPP-1-2018-1-NL-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP «Mediation: training and society transformation / MEDIATS».

The multilateral influence of the grant project of Erasmus + KA2 № 599010-EPP-1-2018-1-NL-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP «Mediation: training and society transformation / MEDIATS» also had a positive effect on the image and business reputation of Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, especially in the field of introducing and rooting the values ​​of mediation. One of the evidence of this is the fact that recently the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine requested only the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University (from all higher educational institutions of Ukraine) to provide a scientific and expert conclusion on the Draft Law of Ukraine “On Mediation”, prepared for adoption in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Working Group on the implementation of the grant project of Erasmus + KA2 № 599010-EPP-1-2018-1-NL-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP «Mediation: training and society transformation / MEDIATS» from Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University timely and accurately prepared and provided such conclusion on the Draft Law of Ukraine “On Mediation”.

It also left a positive impact on the mentality of the members of the Working Group on the implementation of the project, in particular, and the entire scientific and pedagogical staff and student groups of the Faculty of Law of the University as a whole, a clear schedule for the implementation of all the activities planned by the Project (although it was not observed in some aspects, but it’s not a fault of the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University). In Ukraine, this has not yet become a general rule. Nevertheless, the Working Group of the project from the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University tried here to clearly adhere to a strictly defined schedule at the official level for the implementation of the work, which is also one of the European values.

These are only some of the manifestations of the positive multilateral effects of the grant project of Erasmus + KA2 № 599010-EPP-1-2018-1-NL-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP «Mediation: training and society transformation / MEDIATS» on the Faculty of Law of the University and the external social environment. The deep potential of this influence is only beginning to unfold. Thus, the European mediation values ​​represented by the aforementioned project not only make their way in Ukraine, but also change segments of life for the better.

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Petro Patsurkivskyy

Dean of the Faculty of Law of Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, professor