Conciliation Panel Held
Tuesday, Oct 24 2017

A panel entitled "Conciliation as an ally in resolving disputes and conflicts" was held today at the City hall. The panel was attended by the professor Sanja Barić, Ph.D., Head of the Constitutional Law Department at the Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka, and the University of Rijeka Vice Rector for Studies and Students. The forum was organized by the Croatian Association for Conciliation (HUM) from Zagreb and the "SOS Rijeka - Center for Nonviolence and Human Rights" from Rijeka.

The goal of the panel was to present conciliation to the public as a powerful tool for solving all disputes and conflicts that is still insufficiently visible within the society. The panel was attended by the distinguished experts who use conciliation in their professional work and who are interested in presenting different forms of conciliation (judicial conciliation, out-of-court mediation, family mediation) and showing how and when certain forms of conciliation can help citizens solve their own disputes and conflicts.

The participants were:

Profesor Sanja Barić, Ph.D., Head of the Constitutional Law Department at the Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka, and the University of Rijeka Vice Rector for Studies and Students 

Dalibor Čajkovski, J.D., attorney and conciliator

Darija Knez Grbčić, J.D., Judge and Head of the Municipal Court Conciliation Service in Rijeka

Iva Smokvina Dadasović, J.D., Judge of the Municipal Court in Rijeka and conciliator

Gordana Stolfa, M.S.W , univ. spec. media, head of the Family Center Branch Office, Center for Social Welfare Rijeka

Professor Barić pointed out that mediation was "something she fell in love with" and mentioned an example that shows the most lawyers do not see mediation as a means of earning money. She also criticized the current state of affairs in the legal profession: "During our lives, we very often resolve disputes and very rarely go to court. Many of the disputes throughout our lives we want to resolve voluntarily. Our entire profession often distances parties from one another and encourages 'observing through the scope.'' The professor touched on the fact that in Croatia the Faculty of Law educates their students on mediation very poorly, if at all, and that these institutions are not certified for training and licensing, which is a job of other specialized organizations, such as the Croatian Association for Conciliation. ''In the current situation and the existing frameworks, I see opportunities regarding life-long education in the universities, but we still need to continue working on the promotion of mediation as a good institute'', concluded Barić.