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Volyn psychologists became Court mediators
  • Written by Oksana Pastukh, IRC “Legal Space”
  • Published in  Events
Tetyana Viknyanska (to the left) and Nataliya Khoroschenko learn strategic cases and court’s decisions. Photo by Olena Matviychuk.
Tetyana Viknyanska (to the left) and Nataliya Khoroschenko learn strategic cases and court’s decisions.

Volunteers are being trained in Volyn to become Court mediator. “Implementing mediation in Courts of Volyn region as alternative conflict resolution method” project is realized by local Community Law Center.

Series of trainings are preparing volunteers to interact in courts and conduct negotiation to achieve a peaceful conflict resolution. Volunteers often do not have legal education but are eager to learn and help their community. Trainers have to explain them everything they need to know to become successful mediators.

Last training was attended by psychologists who received legal knowledge about making agreements, how to conduct civil cases, how to reach understanding during court hearings, and other information that will be needed for mediation.

Psychologists as mediators are an interesting solution to many problems. Indeed, they can help signing peaceful agreements and spread this practice. Psychologists can found the rights words to avoid conflicts and they know how to listen and understand people. They can explain them how to reach agreement without court.

Olena Matviychuk, lawyer, mediator, head “Center of legal aid” public organization and of Volyn Community Law Center, conducts trainings and explains how to implement mediation in courts. It is important to note that Eastern European University and its Psychology Faculty are involved in the process. Trainings are conducted in University’s premises and a Memorandum of Understanding was signed on 2 April 2014. The University has agreed to spread information about mediation and trainings, encourage its students to attend them and provide premises for trainings.

Additional Information: Community Law Centers are established with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation within the framework of “Human rights and justice” programme initiative. You can learn more on the Centers network activities, basics and principles of work here: www.legalspace.org

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