0̶0̶7̶ Mediation Agents: Their Successes and Project Achievements

0̶0̶7̶ Mediation Agents: Their Successes and Project Achievements

 «I have a dream…»

Martin Luther King

Project objective:

  • to teach students and academics of legal clinics the basics of mediation;
  • create and develop a regional network of mediation promotion agents based on legal clinics;
  • to establish horizontal cooperation of legal clinics, as well as cooperation of legal clinics with mediation and human rights NGOs and professional mediators.

Project executors:

  • legal clinic of Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University;
  • the Legal Clinic of King Danylo University;
  • the legal clinic “Femida” of the PF NAIA;
  • the legal clinic V. Stefanyk. PNU.

Project activities began with an organizational meeting at the Legal Clinic of King Danylo University (Ivano-Frankivsk), during which a project roadmap was agreed.

Particularly noteworthy is the organized by the project team of the study of the level of legal and mediation awareness of the population of Chernivtsi and Ivano-Frankivsk regions.

 

 

Some statistics:

67 % respondents know about the activities of legal clinics;

54 % respondents DO NOT know what mediation is;

52 % respondents want to resolve the dispute without going to court.

Here are some videos from the student consultant survey:

 

The project team is actively working towards establishing collaboration with Frankivsk mediators, prepearing for students and academis of legal clinics involved in the project training in basic mediation skills, to develop, on the basis of data from legal clinics, a regional network of mediation promotion agents based on their activities , principles, practices for a renewed approach to dispute resolution.

2020 promises to be saturated with events and results, so keep an eye on the project; hashtag: #ЮК_агенти_медіації

“Mediation is not just a dream, it’s a lifestyle,” project manager Lidiya Nesterenko summed up.

The material was prepared by Lidiya Nesterenko and Iryna Romaniuk

Networking experience of legal clinics in Kyiv region: influences and perspectives

Networking experience of legal clinics in Kyiv region: influences and perspectives

Since October 2019, 6 legal clinics in the Capital Region have joined their forces to introduce innovative and effective law-education topics to different target audiences on equally relevant legal topics. Two regional initiatives that are part of the project “Developing Regional Leadership and Establishing a Coordination Model of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine”, implemented by the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation.

In this article, we analyze the key achievements of the regional project “Strengthening Regional and Cross-Sectoral Cooperation of Legal Clinics of Kyiv Region”, which includes the autonomous initiative “Innovative Teaching Methods in Law Education Activities of Legal CLinics for Secondary School Students” with a reinforced component of tax education.

The project is implemented by the Legal Clinic “Law and Practice” of Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University.

The project co-executors are:

  1. The Educational and Practical Laboratory “Legal Clinic” of the ESI National University of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine – implements the component of the initiative entitled “Innovative Teaching Methods in Law Education Activities of Legal CLinics for Secondary School Students”
  2. Legal Clinic of the Academy of Advocacy of Ukraine
  3. Legal Clinic “Astreya” of Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University
  4. Educational laboratory “Legal clinic” of National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
  5. Legal Clinic “Protection and Justice” of the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine

What has been achieved in two and a half months?

Following the completion of the preparatory phase, which took place in October, on November 4, 2019, a Workshop for Legal Clinics was held at the PRAVOCATOR Law Club in Kyiv, presenting the purpose and objectives of the project at the national level.

Clinics’ students from seven legal clinics of the central region of Ukraine, accademics of faculty of law and linguistics, well-known lawyers together with partners and experts of the clinical and human rights protection movement worked on the ideas for further development of “Maps of interaction of legal clinics with stakeholders”. Finally, this month the legal clinic “Law and Practice” of Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University developed and presented such a map.

An important area of ​​the project is the networking of legal clinics in the Kiev region. The first peer-to-peer networking event was a visit to exchange experience at the Legal Clinic of the Academy of Advocacy of Ukraine.

 

The next was a study visit of the exchange of experience to the Educational and Practical Laboratory “Legal Clinic” of the ESI National University of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine in Irpin.

In addition, as part of the legal education component, legal clinics entered into cooperative agreements with Irpin’ schools and monitored students’ primary tax knowledge through polls. The monitoring will allow the development of training material that will meet the real needs and equal tax awareness of the target audience.

What’s next?

  • Completion of the “Clinician Advisor” to help build constructive communication, how to behave in non-standard situations, and what to look for when working with special clients.
  • Development by 5 teams (representatives of legal clinics of Kyiv region, project participants) methodical developments for conducting training for 9th grade students on the topic of “Taxes is easy” and submit it to the competition.
  • For students of eight schools of Kyiv region conducting trainings on methodical instructions, which was determined as the best.
  • Conducting three brain-rings among the students of three schools in Kyiv, two schools in Bila Tserkva and three Irpin schools participating in the training.

The project participants are convinced that this initiative provided an opportunity to unite the legal clinical community and outline the opportunities of legal clinics, which will greatly improve its organizational development.

 

Material was prepared by Mariia Tsypiashchuk based on information by Olga Nastina, Anna Bondareva

Photo: Legal Clinics “Law and Practice” of BNAU, NUSFSU

A Team from the UCU School of Law will Represent Ukraine at the Brown-Mosten International Client Consultation Competition Competition in Dubbine

A Team from the UCU School of Law will Represent Ukraine at the Brown-Mosten International Client Consultation Competition Competition in Dubbine

Last weekend was intense for law students of legal clinics as during February 23-24 the National Client Consultation Competition 2019 took place at the National University of Ostroh Academy. The topic of this year’s competition was “Corruption Crimes and Misdemeanours”.

Eleven teams from various legal clinics and from different cities of Ukraine and universities have participated in the two rounds of semifinals: Lviv – Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and UCU Law School; Kyiv – National Academy of Internal Affairs; Ostroh – National University of Ostroh Academy; Vinnytsia – Vasyl’ Stus Donetsk National University; Dnipro – Dnipropetrovsk State University of Internal Affairs; Sumy – Sumy National Agrarian University; Chernivtsi – Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University ; Ternopil – Ternopil National Economic University; Severodonetsk – Volodymyr Dahl East Ukrainian National University. The participants were pre-qualified by their video consultations.

The Competition was held for the first time exclusively in English. Three teams of finalists were selected by the results of two previous rounds. They were representatives of legal clinics of the UCU Law School, the National University of Ostroh Academy and the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. Students took the first, second and third places respectively.

Participants were evaluated by representatives of the USAID New Justice Program (from the American people), international organizations and missions, the Directorate for Human Rights, Access to Justice and Legal Awareness of  Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, the advocates union “Juscutum”, other practices and, of course, the representatives of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine.

The finalists were awarded with diplomas, they also received literature and, the winners – a free subscription for a legal newspaper from Yurinkom-Inter Publishing House. Three finalists were chosen by the advocates union “Juscutum” representative who was also a judge in previous rounds, to gain the possibility of internship in this law-firm.

The winners – Iryna Kania and Yurii Shvab, students of the master’s program at the UCU LAw School – shared their impressions: “We were impressed by the Ostroh Academy. We never could think that there is such a university in such a small town. Students were affable and friendly, they helped us every time. Moreover we would like to add a few words about the organization. Volunteers have done a great job. The rooms were perfectly prepared for the competition. Most of judges were true professionals and gave important and useful advice. Actors have played their roles for all hundred percent. Special thanks to the organizers for such a great work done! We will make every effort to present not only the university, but also Ukraine in the international rounds. Thanks again to everyone! ”

We wish the winners new achievements and success in preparation for the Brown Mosten International Client Consultation Competition, which will held during April 3-6, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland!

We also express our gratitude to the organizers, volunteers and judges who have done the impossible by organizing the Competition without any funding.

Mariia Tsypiashchuk, Communication Development Manager of ALCU and the organizer of the Competition, told about her impressions of the event: “Despite the fact that I have been organizing and coordinating the Competittion for the fifth time and the fourth one on the basis of the Ostroh Academy, this year’s competition is associated with the frase ” for the first time”. For the first time, we organized it without attracting any funds, for the first time – and this was my  long-cherished dream – the Competition was held exclusively in English, for the first time we had so many foreign experts who also were judges and fulfilled the role of clients. yet, for the first time, the cases (the situations with which the participants worked) was developed by an international expert, a professor at the Catholic University of Lublin, an American lawyer, Delaine Swenson. We did not even expect such a positive result when planning this year’s Client Consultation Competition in an updated format”.

So, we invite legal clinics from all over Ukraine to try their hand at next year!

Working Meeting about Signing a Memorandum of Cooperation

Working Meeting about Signing a Memorandum of Cooperation

On May 18, at the Legal Clinic of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, a working meeting was held between the members of administation of ALCU, Vitalii Yelov and Yuliia Matveeva, representatives of the Coordination Centre for Legal Aid Provision, Marina Lugini, and representatives of the Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation, Sheilat Afolabi about signing a memorandum of cooperation.

5 main areas of cooperation were agreed:
1. Organization of practice and internship of students in the state free legal aid system.
2. Mutual redirection of clients.
3. Conduction joint events.
4. Preparation of information and educational materials.
5. Joint participation in the project “I have a right”.

The Community of Legal Clinics, Coordinated by the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine, Constantly Improves its Direct Activities.

The Community of Legal Clinics, Coordinated by the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine, Constantly Improves its Direct Activities.

Often, there is the perception that the activities of legal clinics are often not well understood and underestimated by the faculties, or are perceived as chaotical and unsystematical.

There is also the assumption that many legal clinics “exist only on  paper”.

Unfortunately, the budgets of the Association of Ukrainian Legal Clinics do not allow going to each legal clinic for explaining  what it is – to act in a quality manner.

To resolve these and other problematic issues, almost the entire quorum of headmastership went to Lutsk, to test the newly developed in the Dnieper system of assessing the quality of activity of legal clinics.

So, on June 21-22, in Lutsk, at the Eastern European National University, the first law enforcement clinics’ activity was monitored by the College of Legal Clinics of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation.

We share the following conclusions:

  1. The monitoring tool has shown itself in a good way. As a result of the discussion, an item was added on the provision by stationery supplies.

So, find the updated quality rating system file and test your legal clinics yourself, this tool is simple and convenient to work.

 

  1. There wasn`t enough time in the planned 2 days to resolve all issues, so 3 days are needed gor proper monitoring. The round table” discussion has proven to be very effective. Shown for the needs of the organization: 1) availability of standard for preparation of the event (this should be done not only by the head of the local lawclinic, but also by a representative of the monitoring group prepared); 2) involvement of local human rights and higher education community; 3) involvement of local journalists; 4) inclusion of the excursion stage in the legal clinic; 5) the formation of an additional checklist of ideas after completion.
  2. Applied training is required in terms of monitoring the quality of law clinics in general:

– monitorists for monitoring (I think there would be enough two or two regional trainings for 15 people);

– managers of clinics based on the results of several monitorings (I think once every six months or every 3-4 monitoring would be enough)

  1. “Cherry and Cake” or the result of monitoring.

The preliminary calculation of the results had shown  that Ad Astra Legal Clinic of the” Eastern European National University named after Lesia Ukrainka” got the rating “complies with the quality standards of the legal clinics”. This conclusion will be based on the calculation of the points of the monitoring system, not on the eye.

The V All-Ukrainian Scientific and Practical Conference “Legal Education of Legal Clinics on the Basis of Higher Educational Institutions” Was Held.

The V All-Ukrainian Scientific and Practical Conference “Legal Education of Legal Clinics on the Basis of Higher Educational Institutions” Was Held.

During three days conferention,  best lawyers of the country exchanged experience of legal clinics, jointly analyzed and generalized the main tendencies of legal clinical education development in our country. Experts presented their scientific work in two thematic sections: “Legal Clinic as an Innovative Direction for the Development of Legal Education in Ukraine” and “Actual Problems of the Theory and Practice of Application of Sectoral Legislation in the Case of Integration into the European Union”.

 

In addition, within the framework of the conference, the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine held a practical session “Formation of standard quality of activity of legal clinics: strategic plan, monitoring of compliance with the Standards”. It had gathered more than 20 leaders of leading legal clinics from around the country, including Kiev, Bila Tserkva, Dnipro, Kropivnitsky, Lviv, Nikolaev, Odessa, Kharkiv, Severodonetsk, Sumy, Khmelnytsky and other cities.

Among the invited guests at the plenary session  an international expert, Professor of the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law Lei Wohrt was present. In his report “Global Clinical Movement”, the scientist emphasized the new world standards and requirements for the accreditation of institutions that prepare professional lawyers.

In addition, the purpose of the meeting is to develop a tool for assessing the standard quality of legal clinics in Ukraine. For the assistance provided, we would like to express our gratitude to the American expert and representatives of USAID, OSCE. Special thanks go to Irina Ivankov and Ashot Agoyan, who are not only mentors but also “engines” of the clinical movement for several years now.

The partners of the conference were the All-Ukrainian Charitable Organization “Ukrainian Foundation for Legal Aid”, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the OSCE Coordinator in Ukraine.

Work Meeting for Creating a Manual “The Basics of Legal Clinical Practice”

Work Meeting for Creating a Manual “The Basics of Legal Clinical Practice”

The board meeting of Association of legal clinics of Ukraine has been held on 22 October on the base of Legal clinic of Yaroslav Mudryi National law university

Our meeting became possible with the assistance of OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine, Iryna Ivankiv.

 

On the meeting of heads of legal clinics of our Association it was disclosed the direction of our future activity. In particular. the creating of a  manual  “The basics of legal clinical practice” which is unique for Ukraine and became possible with active cooperation between OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine, Iryna Ivankiv and Association of legal clinics of Ukraine.  This manual will containg the best experience of leading legal clinics in Ukraine fot the last 20 years of existing. It’s called up to unify the activity of legal clinics in the country and to ease the way of new members of our community. The manual for legal clinics of such a scope will be created for the first time in Ukraine.

The day was extremely  full of constructive ideas. All participants left with tasks and inspiration for their execution.

By the Eyes of Students. Clinical Movement in Canada

By the Eyes of Students. Clinical Movement in Canada

Legal clinics in Ontario totally differ from all other clinics around the globe.
In Canada there are 2 different types of legal clinics:
student legal clinics, which operate at law faculties or schools, and also community legal clinics, which are funded from local budgets and which involve professional lawyers.
Student legal clinics resemble Ukrainian examples of legal clinics.
But what is new? That is the phenomenon of community legal clinics! That’s why the experience of our colleagues is extremely important for us.
They concentrate their activity on 3 most important spheres:
providing legal consultations, performing legal educational events and carrying out legal research of the most problematic questions in the society with the aim of reforming the system.

The interesting thing here is newly developed course of lectures for people, who work in the services sector with a lot of customers. These events are performed for providing to ordinary people the possibility to recognize the legal problem so they can guide clients to the local legal clinic.
What foreign experience do we have to take into account?
The most important sphere of activity is carrying out legal researches by our Canadian colleagues.
For exploring the problem of poverty and of access to justice Canadian lawyers created public discussion groups.
They gathered people from different age, sex and income categories with the aim of obtaining the fullest image of real situation in the society.
This gave possibility to investigate the problem from the inside and to form effective offers for the government about reforming current system.
Last years in Canada formed the tradition of entering the government by lawyers, members of legal clinics, and others public figures, because they are the ones who can solve current problems by the most nonstandard means.
We can definitely say that the meeting was extremely productive and useful. Not only Ukrainian lawyers get new knoledge, but our Canadian colleagues also found out a lot about new educational methods and Ukrainian experience in implementing programm street law.

Preview of Debate Tournament on Human Rights 2016

Preview of Debate Tournament on Human Rights 2016

This year the VI open debate tournament on human rights among legal clinics’ teams is dedicated to the 40-year anniversary of establishment of Ukrainian Helsinki human rights union and concerns discussion of actual human rights problems and their interaction with the state.

This will be one of the first attempts of cooperation between legal clinical movement with the education department of UHURU, which can definitely become permanent.

The tournament will take place on 18-19 November 2016 in Educational house on human rights (c. Chernihiv) and in c. Kyiv.

Founders:

Ukrainian Helsinki human rights union Association of legal clinics of Ukraine

Partners:

OSCE Ukrainian office, International Renaissance Foundation.

Only 8 teams of university legal clinics will be selected for the tournament (advantage will be given to the members of Association of legal clinics of Ukraine and to the partners of UHHRU) .

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