On 5 May 2017 an event to mark the establishment of the Self-governing Organisation of Mediators to discuss the challenges related to the application of mediation in Armenia was organised by the Council of Europe (CoE), in cooperation with the judiciary and the Self-governing Organisation of Mediators of Armenia. This the first-of-its-kind event gathered all judges of first instance courts of general jurisdiction of Armenia examining civil cases, all accredited mediators as well as other dispute resolution service practitioners of Armenia.
The EU/CoE Joint Project “Strengthening the Independence, Professionalism and Accountability of the Justice System in Armenia” (2014-2016) provided a platform for the establishment of the Self-governing Organisation of Mediators of Armenia which was registered with the Judicial Department in March 2017.
“Active application of mediation is more important in Armenia now than it has been. The future of the development of court annexed mediation very much depends on promoting application of mediation practices by mediators and judges”, indicated Ms Lilit Daneghian, Head of Justice Sector reform Unit I, Council of Europe.
The event had the following outcomes:
- It provided an opportunity to the judges and mediators to communicate, share insights and ultimately facilitate improvements via discussing the challenges for application of mediation in practice;
- It was decided to conduct similar discussions on a regular basis involving other parties engaged in mediation.