Within the Commercial Mediation in Serbia project, implemented in cooperation with Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia (CCIS) and the Judicial Academy, and with support of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and UK Investment Climate and Governance Fund, a Basic Training for Mediators was held, from 17 to 21 October 2017. The training was conducted in accordance with the Rulebook on Training Program for Mediators (“Official Gazette of RS”, No. 146/14). The training was held in Belgrade, at the premises of Commercial Appellate Court in Belgrade. At the end of the training participants were awarded certificates on completion of basic training for mediators, which is one of the conditions for obtaining the Mediator’s License and acquisition of rights to enrol in the official Register of Mediators of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Serbia.
Through a series of lectures and interactive workshops and exercises, 22 participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the legal framework for the use of mediation in Serbia, regional experiences and international standards in this field, they have mastered the basic skills of communication, conflict management and negotiation, dealt with stages of mediation, and considered the most important ethical issues, and have had the opportunity to find themselves in the roles of mediators, through simulations of hypothetical cases. During the training, examples of good practice mediators in Serbia, the UK and the US were presented and analyzed, as well as the most important sources and resources from the international mediation practice. The participants also had the opportunity to hear more about the extensive mediation practice in Slovenia.
Lecturers at the training were Masa Kociper, from Slovenia, as well as Dragana Cuk Milankov and Jelena Arsic, from Serbia.
At the end of the seminar, the participants were given detailed explanations and information about the conditions for obtaining license to mediate and instructions on how to register into the official Register of Mediators of the Ministry of Justice and the application of tariffs for mediation.
Participants of this training were judges and judicial assistants from Appellate Court in Belgrade and Higher Court in Pancevo.
This training was the second of three basic for mediators, that will be organized within the two-year Project, and that are aimed at training judges and judicial assistants of commercial courts in Serbia.