To facilitate the development of mediation as an alternative (non-judicial) method of dispute resolution in Ukraine and boost the level of the culture of nonviolent communication and harmony in Ukrainian society.
– in the field of mediation practice and support of mediators: mediation offices have been opened in courts, where citizens can receive qualified consultation on mediation issues and/or obtain mediation services free of charge; within the framework of cooperation with the System of free legal aid, UAM mediators conduct free mediations for the clients of this System; within the framework of cooperation with the system of social services for the families, children, and youth, UAM mediators provide free mediation for individuals and families in difficult life circumstances; organizing a free intervention and supervision sessions for mediators;
– in the educational field: the course for students of higher education in legal specialties “Mediation in the professional activity of a lawyer” was developed and implemented in the educational programme; the first textbook on mediation in Ukraine for lawyers “Mediation in the professional activity of a lawyer” and methodical recommendations for teachers were published; a number of educational materials were created for various target audiences, more than 500 various educational events were held in all regions of Ukraine for lawyers and the public; a pool of mediator trainers was created and mediator training and professional development programmes were developed;
– in the law-making field: UAM representatives participated in the development of different laws, namely the current Law of Ukraine “On mediation”, Law of Ukraine “On the administrative procedure”, State standard of mediation social services, Code of professional ethics of a mediator, standards of mediation training and practice;
– in the sphere of national and international cooperation in the development of mediation: a platform for legal professionals and mediators – Forum “Mediation and Law”, – was established, which already received the support of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, the German Foundation IRZ, USAID New Justice Program, EU Project PRAVO-Justice, Council of Europe; a number of projects was implemented with the support of our international partners – USAID in the framework of New Justice Program, Canadian Bureau for International Education in the framework of The Quality and Accessible Legal Aid in Ukraine (QALA) Project, EU Project PRAVO-Justice, The German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation (IRZ), and others.
At the moment, UAM in partnership with the NGO “Tenth of April” is implementing the European Union Project “CONSENT” aimed at strengthening the role of alternative dispute resolution through a comprehensive approach to the development of the ADR in order to improve the access of individuals and legal entities to justice.
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