SPILF 2024 addresses prospects for developing mediation as an institution

SPILF 2024 addresses prospects for developing mediation as an institution

The session ‘Let’s Make Peace: Mediation or Meditation?’ was held as part of the 12th St. Petersburg International Legal Forum (SPILF) on 27 June 2024. The session was held at the initiative of the Russian Ministry of Justice, which is currently working to improve legislation in this area.

The main agenda items were the current state of and prospects for the development of mediation as an institution, how to improve self-regulation mechanisms, the ever-changing requirements for mediators, and ways to popularize the mediation procedure.

During the session, Director of the Department for the Development and Regulation of Legal Aid and Legal Services of the Russian Ministry of Justice Roman Ryaby spoke about the main focuses of the ministry’s activities to improve the regulatory framework for the institution of mediation in Russia.

“Back in 2023, we drafted an initiative to introduce comprehensive amendments to legislation on mediation in order to create new regulatory growth points for this method of dispute resolution. Over the past year, per the relevant instructions, proposals were prepared based on which a corresponding draft federal law was developed. All the concerned bodies and the professional community with which we work supported our proposals as a whole. I am confident that with joint efforts we will be able to complete this important work,” Ryaby said.