International Workshop "Implementation of European Standards into Mediation Legislation of Ukraine"

Kyiv, 29 November 2014

The Workshop was organised by the Jean Monnet Module at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, in partnership with the Ukrainian National Association of Mediators, Ukrainian Mediation Center and German-Ukrainian Partnership Project in Business.

The workshop was attended by 57 participants from Kyiv, Odesa, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Donetsk and Rivne. The workshop was opened by Professor Meleshevych, the President of the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Roman Petrov, Head of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and Galyna Yeromenko, President of the Ukrainian National Association of Mediators and Ukrainian Mediation Center.

The first speaker, Galyna Yeromenko, informed participants about establishment of the Ukrainian National Association of Mediators, its mission, goals and plans for the next year. Volker Stoetzner, Director of the German-Ukrainian Partnership Project in Business, gave presentation “Development of Mediation in Ukraine: German-Ukrainian Partnership Project” and introduced the new project – 220 hours certification programme in business mediation.

Prof. Dr. Lars Kirchhoff, Director of the Institute for Conflict Management, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany spoke first on Interest-Based Decision-Making as a Response to Crisis: Some Reflections on Mediation and Dialogue Processes in Ukraine. In the second part of his presentation, Professor Kirchhoff addressed the current concerns of Ukrainian mediation community on possible regulation of mediation in the Law on Mediation. Professor Kirchhoff shared both – positive and negative - experiences of German mediators in regulation of mediation in thei country.

Dr. Tetiana Kyselova, Jean Monnet Module Leader, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, gave her presentation on methodology of interdisciplinary European Studies and on various Models of Legal Regulation of Mediation in European Union and possible avenues of regulation of mediation in Ukraine, based on European experience.

The second part of the Workshop was devoted to the panel discussion. The panelists included: Moderator Vladyslava Kanevska, Vice-President of the Ukrainian National Association of Mediators, Diana Protsenko, lawyer, mediator, senior lecturer, Kyiv-Mohyla Law School, Kyiv; Janna Vasylieva-Shalamova, Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, Kyiv; Kateryna Narovska, Academy of Advocacy of Ukraine, Kyiv; Luiza Romanadze, Odesa Law Academy, Odesa; Yuriy Mykytyn, Prykrpatie National Stefanyk University, Ivano-Frankivsk; Roman Koval, Institute of Peace and Understanding, Kyiv. The panelists gave their reflections upon presentations and suggested several ways how to organize drafting of the prospective Law on Mediation in Ukraine.

The workshop concluded with an interactive group session where participants worked in groups on separate topics: mediator training and accreditation, court mediation, possible ranges of mediation profession. The groups presented results of their discussions on flipcharts and answered questions from their colleagues.

The workshop concluded in a very positive atmosphere of friendly discussion and cooperation. Participants suggested having regular meetings on regulation of mediation in Ukraine under auspices of Ukrainian National Mediation Association.