The Promise of Mediation in Russia

Event Date: Tuesday April 2, 2013
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Location: Wasserstein Hall 1023, Harvard Law School

The Program on Negotiation Brown Bag Lunch Series is pleased to present:

“The Promise of Mediation in Russia”


Professor Tsisana Shamlikashvili

Professor, Moscow University of Psychology and Education
Founder, Center for Mediation and Law


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Wasserstein Hall 1023

Harvard Law School Campus

Please bring your own lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided.

About the Event:

It has already been two years since the Federal Law on Mediation came into force in Russia. This event was perceived as a turning point for integration of mediation in the country; however, the market for mediation services still remains very underdeveloped. To understand the future of mediation in Russia and neighboring countries it is important to answer some important questions:

  • Is it only a fashionable trend or a sign of growing civil society?
  • What are the differences between former communist countries and Western jurisdictions in terms of integrating mediation in social relations?
  • Can mediation be a social tool helping to overcome corruption?
  • What are the main obstacles for successful development of mediation in Russia?

Prof. Shamlikashvili will address these topics during her talk.

About the Speaker:

Professor Tsisana Shamlikashvili is a pioneer of ADR and one of the central figures who initiated and supported institutionalization of mediation in Russia. In 2005 she founded the Center for Mediation and Law, which during the following seven years became the main force in the efforts to build necessary conditions for successful implementation of mediation in the Russian Federation, such as:

  • drafting a law on mediation as a new dispute resolution tool, which also allows Russian judges to refer parties to mediation (the Law was adopted in July, 2010)
  • training for professional mediators all over the country
  • massive awareness and education campaign for citizens and various professional groups, which are gatekeepers to mediation (like lawyers, judges etc.)
  • teaching mediation for law school students and widely within the system of higher education
  • integration of mediation into the system of postgraduate and continuing education

In 2012 “The Russian Reporter” magazine named Tsisana Shamlikashvili among the top-100 of the most influential persons in Russia and top-10 lawyers for her contribution to improving Russia’s legal system.

As of now, Prof. Shamlikashvili is the President of the National Organization of Mediators (NOM), academic adviser of Scientific and Methodological Center for Mediation and Law, Chair of the Subcommittee on ADR and Mediation in the Russian Association of Lawyers, and editor-in-chief of the magazine “Mediation and Law”. Professor Shamlikashvili holds the chair of Mediation in Social Practices at the Moscow University of Psychology and Education. Her major research topic is the ways how society can influence personality forming and development.

Professor Shamlikashvili continues mediation practice in a wide range of cases from complicated cross-border commercial disputes to family conflicts, as well as intellectual property, workplace, financial, personal injury and medical malpractice disputes, being also CEDR-accredited professional neutral and MEDIATOR of JAMS International.
Professor Shamlikashvili has developed her own method and educational program “School mediation” for children, students and maladjusted youths (to be integrated in Juvenal and Restorative Justice systems); training programs for judges and lawyers; three-level program for professional mediators, approved by Ministries of Education and Justice of the Russian Federation.

Prof. Shamlikashvili is the author of numerous research articles and books on mediation, alternative dispute resolution, law, psychology and neurology. Among others are such books as “Mediation as a Method of Out-of-court Dispute Resolution” (2006), “Management of Difficult Decisions in the XXI Century: Secrets of Building Consensus, or How to Make Everybody Content” (2009), “Why Does a Child Find Difficulties in Schooling and How to Help Him” (2010), “Mediation as ADR Method. Focusing on Judges” (2010), “The ABC’s of Mediation” (2011), “Introduction to Dialogics” (2011) etc.


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