On July 18, 2019, the National Conference “Legislative Regulation of Mediation in Ukraine” was held in the premises of the Parliament of Ukraine.

The initiator of the conference and its chairman was the People’s Deputy of Ukraine, Doctor of Law Miroshnychenko Yuri Romanovych, who is the author of the bill “On Mediation Activities” (Reg. No. 10425).

More than 120 participants took part in the conference, including representatives of the Office of the President of Ukraine, the Government, people’s deputies of Ukraine, representatives of the Ombudsman, judges, mediators, representatives of public organizations, law firms, international organizations, in particular the United States Agency for International Development, experts, lawyers, scholars, journalists, etc.

During the opening of the conference, Yuri Miroshnichenko emphasized that the field of mediation is actively developing and needs a legislative settlement. It was for this purpose that he submitted his draft to the Parliament.

At the opening of the conference, there were also people’s deputies of Ukraine such as Alekseev IS, Sotnik O., Gerashchenko A., Deputy Minister of Justice Chernyshov D.V., Deputy Chairman of the Council of Judge of Ukraine Butenko V.O.

Yuri Miroshnychenko made a solid presentation of his bill, after which all interested people were able to ask questions and to participate in the discussion. The discussion was active and acute. The conference participants expressed their positions, which at times were opposite. However, almost all supported the position on the adoption of a special law on mediation.

Substantive reports were announced by Dean of the Faculty of Law of Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, Professor Patsurkivsky P.S., Partner of the Asters Law Firm Reznikov O.Yu., President and Vice President of the National Association of Mediators, Protsenko D.V. and Narovsky K. B., Deputy Director of the Ukrainian Center for Mediation T. O. V., Chairman of the Board of the Association of Family Mediators Stadnyk SS, Professor Mazaraki N.A., Director of Lviv Training Center A.Yeliseyev, Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Peace and Understanding R. Koval, Head of Odesa Oblast Mediation Group O. Tereshchenko, Head of NGO “Women’s Initiatives” I. Taran and others.

Despite the heated discussions, the participants of the conference supported the need for further joint work to develop the mediation industry in Ukraine, one of the important preconditions for the adoption of the law on mediation.

The conference really became a national event in the field of mediation.