Turība University actively participates in various educational and scientific cooperation projects co-financed by the European Union and other international cooperation programs. As a lead partner, we have successfully implemented international level projects Erasmus+, JUSTICE, NORDPLUS and projects supported by other foundations.
Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership
Erasmus Strategic partnership project “Development of Mediation Network in Civil and Criminal Cases to foster European Wide Settlements of Disputes”
In September 2014 Turiba University in cooperation with 3 partner Universities – Vilnius University, Tallinn Technical University and Universita Degli Studi Di Genova, started to implement Erasmus Strategic Partnership project.
Mediation is effective interdisciplinary method (joining legal studies, entrepreneurship, administration and psychology) of dispute settlement widely known in the USA and the Great Britain. However in the continental Europe mediation is just starting its way to success. A Directive of European Parliament and Council 2008/52/EC on certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial cases encourages all Member States to introduce mediation in the shortest terms as equal instrument for dispute settlement.
The EU Directive 2008/52/EC obliges all EU countries to introduce normative enactments about mediation, as well as to actively introduce mediation in line with other methods of settlement of disputes – courts and arbitrations. Although it is technically non-complicated to pass such legislative instruments, the hardest burden still awaits all Members States. Namely, changing of society’s understanding about mediation as a tool for alternative settlement of disputes of civil, criminal and administrative nature. Although mediation as a method has some historical roots in each country, it is still poorly known in the layers of society subjected to litigation. Therefore the particular moment while mediation legislation is freshly coming in effect, is a high time to educate even more students about benefits and gains of mediation as a tool for settlement of disputes.
During the previous IP project “Mediation in Civil and Criminal cases to Foster European Wide Settlements of Disputs” (2013 – 2014) the partner universities came to the conclusion that the students in EU countries and governmental and non-governmental organizations working in judicial sector lack academic and practical study materials and a comprehensive book on mediation. Therefore the project team decided to gather information on needs of involved benefiting institutions and bodies to be address during the particular project. The project team aims at drafting of widely used and publicly available study materials and e-book on mediation.
The objective of this project is to create a multinational network of academics to elaborate close cooperation team, to prepare teaching materials for mediation studies and to organize mediation course for multinational group of students which will help to test and improve developed materials. In the 2nd part of the project all study materials and articles elaborated by the team of academics will be published in electronic book available in the internet for the widest possible audition. This project will directly address the needs of three groups – students studying law and psychology, governmental organizations involved in justice keeping matters, NGOs protecting amicable settlement of disputes and academics teaching mediation course.
At the moment there are very limited studies carried out in the field of mediation, in most of participating countries mediation is quite new and just developing practice. This means there is a big lack of solid materials for teaching and studying mediation.
The umbrella aim is to create academic solid basis for popularization of mediation, thus minimizing a workload of courts in each Member State and promoting mediation as a method of alternative dispute resolution.
The project is implemented by the support of Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership Programmes’ project. Project Number: 2014-1-LV01-KA203-000506. Duration of the project: 2 years.
Budget of the project: 95 362.00 Euro
Project website: mediation.turiba.lv
Turiba University Project Academic Manager:
Lecturer at Turiba University