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Alternative Dispute Resolution Center Opens in Rostov-on-Don

The Rostov-on-Don alternative dispute resolution center will begin accepting cases on May 15.

The Rostov-on-Don alternative dispute resolution center will begin accepting cases on May 15.

April 2010

 On April 16, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative’s (ABA ROLI’s) Russia program, through its Rule of Law Partnership Project (RLPP) funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, launched the first independent alternative dispute resolution (ADR) center in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. More than 50 guests attended the Rostov Mediation Center’s (RMC’s) ribbon-cutting and opening festivities, which were jointly hosted by the Rostov District Court and the Russian Academy of Justice. The Academy of Justice’s support illustrates the willingness of the professional community to embrace the idea of mediation as an alternative to the resolution of disputes through litigation. The advantages of this newly established alternative to litigation include the considerable relief provided to the over-burdened Justice of the Peace courts, the deeper and more lasting resolution of disputes through amicable settlement, and the avoidance of the difficulties in the enforcement of judgments.

Guests at the event included Rostov District Court Chairman Levon Rafaelov, State and Civil Service Deputy Chairman Natalia Orlova and Russian Academy of Justice Director Gavritzkiy Aleksander, along with the newly trained mediators and the justices of the peace who have been qualified to refer mediation cases to the RMC.  

On May 15, 2010, the RMC will begin accepting cases. The first two months of operation will emphasize streamlining the mechanics of the court referral and dispute resolution process. The RMC, administered by our local non-governmental organization partner Civil Accord, will employ 14 mediators trained by the Center for Mediation and Law, a highly reputable educational institution. The RMC currently has the capacity to handle 115 cases annually, or about eight cases per month for each mediator, for a total of more than 1,600 cases.

The RMC launch is a significant achievement for RLPP and its opening coincides with the March 11, 2010, introduction of a mediation bill by the president of the Russian Federation. The bill is now being heard by the State Duma of the Russia Federation. The center demonstrates that ABA ROLI is an active and able player within the ADR community in Russia and opening doors to future cooperation with the judiciary.

To learn more about our work in Russia, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at