Pyryatin regional public organization “Women’s Initiatives” together with its partners from different regions of Ukraine have started the realization of a new project aimed at strengthening capacities of Community Law Centers network through the implementation of mediation and alternative dispute resolution.
This project is another step in the series of initiatives supported by International Renaissance Foundation and focused on the development and implementation of mediation practices and legal empowerment of the poor and marginalized population. Mediation practices include alternative dispute resolution, consensus building, circles of understanding, joint decision-making etc.
The implementation of mediation practices in the work of Community Law Centers in different regions of Ukraine will help resolve conflicts among people without additional costs and efforts. Development of mutual understanding in cities, villages and towns will provide for a more harmonious and sustainable development of local communities.
The project will be implemented in several stages. A working group, that will develop learning materials, cases, forms and other necessary documents, is already functioning and holding consultation sessions. The working group’s progress will be visible in future articles. In August and September three trainings will be organized for Community Law Centers’ lawyers and for other activists interested in mediation practices. Three main branches will be developed: mediation in schools, mediation in courts and mediation in communities.
The final stage of the project will produce a comprehensive manual that will sum up Ukrainian experience of mediation. Community Law Centers will start offering mediation services to their clients. A major focal point of this work is the development of sustainable mechanisms of coordination between local self-governmental bodies and Community Law Centers in the field of mediation. The support from local communities is necessary for better implementation of alternative dispute resolution.
A final all-Ukrainian conference is scheduled for January 2015. During this conference the results of the project will be presented to the public. The Mediation Center, that will be progressively build up during the eight months of project’s realization, is set up to be a focal point for mediation practices in Ukraine. It will host a knowledge base and provide trainings for Community Law Centers. A relevant legislation, necessary to give mediation its place in Ukrainian legal system, will also be developed by lawyers.