Partners Serbia, in cooperation with the Serbian Bar Association Academy, held a 2-day training Mediation Advocacy – Representing Clients in Mediation, which took place in Belgrade from March 31st - April 1st, 2017. This training is a part of the Serbia Pilot Court Mediation Project, implemented by Partners Serbia, in cooperation with the Bar Association of Serbia, and with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Serbia. The project is also implemented in cooperation with the support of the Supreme Court of Cassation, Judicial Academy and Ministry of Justice.
During the training, 36 lawyers had the opportunity to improve their knowledge and mediation advocacy skills, by learning how to recognise cases suitable for mediation, advise and prepare their clients to mediate and to provide a quality representation to their clients in the mediation process. The training also covered topics such as: characteristics of agreement to mediate which is a precondition for mediation, strategies for the negotiation process, the legal status of the mediation agreement, and the costs of mediation (mediation tariff).
Lecturers at this training were Dragana Cuk Milankov, psychologist and mediator, and Blazo Nedic, lawyer, a regional mediator of the World Bank Group, and President of the Serbian National Association of Mediators (NUMS).