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About Mediation Programs in Georgia

In 2017-2018, the standards of authorization and accreditation of educational institutions in Georgia have been renewed, which came into compliance with the European Higher Education Area quality assurance standards and guidelines. Today educational institutions operate on the basis of these standards. Ilia State University was authorized in accordance to the new standards in 2018. In 2020-2021 the educational programs will get accreditation. Within the framework of the project, the project implementation team is developing a draft of mediation module, which will be integrated into Private (Business) Law Master’s Program. The module courses are being developed in accordance with European credits ECTS.  Each course includes learning outcomes that are consistent with the program’s learning outcomes, requirements of the Georgia's National Qualifications Framework as well as the European Qualifications Framework. In line with the changes introduced to the Georgia’s National Qualification Framework in 2019, the six-level learning outcomes system has been changed and 3 competences have been determined: knowledge and understanding, skills and responsibility/autonomy. The educational program and, therefore the mediation module, are being developed in accordance to the above system. When developing a mediation module, particular attention is paid to learning outcomes that must be measurable and achievable. Due to the specific objectives of internationalization of modern higher education, the mediation module includes one course in English language as well as teaching materials in English. The knowledge of English language is a prerequisite for admission to the program which will strengthen the internationalization component. In support for student mobility, the Private (Business) Law Master’s Program which incorporates the mediation module, also envisages free credits that will allow students participating in international exchange programs to have the credits received from host universities to be recognized for the purposes of our program.


The mediation module (draft version), which is being developed at Ilia State University as part of Private (Business) Law Master’s program, includes several courses:


List of courses:


Mediation of Labour Disputes -  6 ECTS

Legal Aspects of Mediation -  6 ECTS

Mediation in commercial disputes-  6 ECTS

Alternative mechanisms of dispute resolution -  6 ECTS 

Commercial arbitration- 6 ECTS

Online mediation-  6 ECTS

Communication and the art of negotiation-  6 ECTS

Human psychology, conflict resolution-  6 ECTS

Essence and review of mediation - 6 ECTS

Practical course in mediation - 12 ECTS


In the face of the challenge of COVID - 19 pandemic, in order not to delay the creation of the mediation module and its timely launch, the working group of Ilia State University School of Law continued to work on the mediation module online through the program Zoom. The working group members are actively involved in the preparation of the concept and structure of the modified master's degree program in Private (business) law and the mediation module. Also, working on syllabi and program preparation for accreditation continues remotely.



Updated information on Mediation Module in Private (Business) Law Master's Program


Private Business Law Master's Program includes a mediation module. The mediation module consists of 60 credits, students who enroll in the first semester of their study will receive a certificate along with a Master of Laws degree.

The mediation module combines courses which, along with the special knowledge, develop special skills that a future mediator needs. The module teaches issues such as negotiations, conflict management, mediation practicum and mediation legal regulations. In the process of passing the module, students learn how to make a mediation agreement and practice mediation within the framework of the role-playing games. Students take one course in English.

Legal Regulation of Mediation – 6 ECTS

Commercial Arbitration - 6 ECTS

Online Mediation - 6 ECTS

Negotiations - 6 ECTS

Conflict Management Practicum - 6 ECTS

Mediation Practicum - 6 ECTS

Practical Component in Private law - 18 ECTS

One elective course - 6 ECTS


Mediators’ Certification Program


ISU School of law has created certification program for mediators, in compliance with the standards established by the Association of Mediators of Georgia. The purpose of the certification program is to provide training for those who want to become a mediator in Georgia.

The working group developed structure of the program and prepared it for accreditation.

After completing some formalities, the program will be submitted to the Georgian Mediators Association to get institutional accreditation.



Preliminary list of the courses developing for Mediations Programme at BSU:


Mediation Knowledge and Practice – 5 ECTS

Conflict resolution - 5 ECTS

Violence and discriminations - 5 ECTS

Gender Stereotypes and Conflicts -5 ECTS

Art of Negotiation - 5 ECTS

Applied Conflictology - 5 ECTS


Updated information about the program:

The purpose of the program

Promoting the development of mediation in Georgia. Training of specialists who will have the competence to facilitate the development of alternative dispute resolution tools.


Program Duration

Total 300 hours, 177 contact hours, distributed over 30 days and 94 hours consultation, 29 hours exam


Name of modules included in the program with reference to the number of credits and hours (contact and non-contact)

12 modules, 60 ECTS Credits


Program duration / distribution over time

30 training days , 30 consultation days (90 hours და 10 exam days (25 hours.


Requirements for enrollment in the program

Persons with higher education who are interested in Mediation.


Program Quality Improvement Mechanism:

During the implementation of the program, trainings are evaluated and monitored by the university administration, program manager and coaches, taking into account the opinions of the students for the content refinement of the program.


Terms and conditions of issuance of the certificate:

Prerequisite for issuing a certificate of passing the course is to pass a short-term full course of mediation (60 credits), to accumulate the appropriate number of credits in each module. The form of the certificate is approved by the Academic Council of BSU in accordance with the current legislation. Prerequisite for granting credit is to accumulate 51 points.


List of the updated courses:


Introduction in Mediation – 5 ECTS

Mediation: Skills and Applications - 5 ECTS

Mediation as an Alternative Method of Dispute Resolution of Labor Disputes - 5 ECTS

Family Mediation - 5 ECTS

Applied Conflictology - 5 ECTS

Local Studies of Conflicts - 5 ECTS

Social Psychology - 5 ECTS

Abuse Psychology - 5 ECTS

Managing information in Mediation - 5 ECTS

Stress - 5 ECTS

Professional Ethics - 5 ECTS

Internship - 5 ECTS


Trainings for staff

On June 18th the faculty of Law and Social Sciences of BSU organized the staff training in the frames of the MEDIATS project for the academic staff involved in the Certified Programme in Mediation.

The meeting covered:

- Overview of Certified Programme in Mediation - Ketevan Beridze;

- Overview of the MEDIATS project, the project results and the future plans - Ketevan Devadze;

- Introduction in Mediation, sharing the experience of the training programmes in Riga and Murcia in the frames of MEDIATS Project-Levan Jakeli;

- Discussion.


The link of the staff meeting at BSU, in Georgian

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