27.09.2018. As a follow up activity of the conference "Re-thinking Crime and Punishment" held in April 2018, in Sofia District Court was presented the movie
"A Conversation", produced by the European Forum of Restorative Justice.
the period 10-14 June 2018 Prof. Dr. Dobrinka Chankova took part in the
16th International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology on
"Victims and Victimization: Towards International Victimology",
which took place in the Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong.The
Symposium is organized by the World Society of Victimology along with City
University - Hong Kong. This is one of the most important forums in the
matter, subject to teaching and research, as well as important for justice. It is held every three
years and gathers leading scientists from all over the world. More than 260
scientists and practitioners from over 40 countries participated in this forum.
It went on a high level, providing extremely innovative information and
joint paper on "Electronic
evidence - an instrument in favor
of victims of online crime" was presented and was welcomed very
well. An online publication will be prepared. Prof. Chankova delivered a lecture at 16th Asian
postgraduate course on Victimology.
05.2018 Annual Financial Report of ICR for 2017. / 1,
27-28.04.2018 At the University Center in
Bachinovo, Blagoevgrad, was held a National Conference
entitled "Modern Mediation - Achievements, Challenges and Perspectives in Bulgaria", hosted by the South-West University "N.
Rilski" - co-organizer
jointly with the Supreme
Bar Council, the Association "Lawyers for Legal Culture and European Cooperation"-Blagoevgrad,
the National Association of Mediators, the Institute of Conflict Resolution and
other interested organizations and institutions.
The conference was attended by the Minister of Justice Tsetska
Tsacheva, the Chairperson of the Supreme Bar Council Ralitza Negentzova,
representatives of the Supreme Administrative Court, judges, prosecutors,
lawyers, mediators, representatives of the academic sector,
non-governmental organizations, students and others.
A guest was Mrs. Maria Oliveira - Council of Europe expert on
The conference discussed the current state of
mediation in Bulgaria and the possibilities for legislative changes in
order to improve the functioning of the judiciary through its wider application. The prospects
for the development of the criminal process in Bulgaria were also presented
in order to emphasize the needs of the victims of crime by applying the methods of restorative
justice. Experiences and solutions
in leading European countries have been explored. The outcome of the
conference is a final document, which will be sent to all the
institutions involved in its development.
21.04 2018. A conference "Re-thinking Crime and Punishment" was held
in Sofia. The main focus was the problem of restorative justice, to which
ICR representatives have been involved for a long time.The conference discussed
the state of play of Restorative Justice practices in Bulgaria.
In addition to participants from interested
organizations from Bulgaria, the Skype conference brought together
well-known European experts on restorative justice - Dr Borbala Fellegi - Foresee
Research Group, Hungary and Belinda Hopkins - Transforming Conflicts, UK.
The participants united around the following
main issues and measures for the development of restorative justice in
- Undertaking joint actions and joint advocacy
campaigns to develop modern national regulatory legislation
- Amendment to the Penal Code and the Code of
Criminal Procedure with a view to introducing mediation in criminal cases
- Speedy adoption of the Children's Justice Act
which regulates restorative justice practices
- Amendment to the Penal Execution and
Detention Act with a view to applying restorative approaches
- Creation of a National Platform for
Restorative Justice to promote and develop the Restorative Justice
- Working with the academic community and
integrating restorative justice into university programs.
A final document was adopted in that spirit,
which will be sent to all relevant institutions.
18.03.2018 National Mediation “Re-thinking
Crime and Punishment”. For details see here!
04.02. 2018 National Mediation Conference with the Institute of Conflict Resolutions involvement. For details see here!
24.11. 2017 Mr. George Bakalov- Deputy-Chair
of theInstitute of Conflict Resolution, made a presentation during the
conference: Children’s rights. Children-participants in legal
21-22.11.2017 Traditionally, ICR jointly
with South-West University “N. Rilski”, celebrate International
Restorative Justice Week. This year the following events were launched.
1. Information campaign with the title
“RESTORATIVE JUSTICE –AN INSTRUMENT FOR IMPROVED PROTECTION OF
CRIME VICTIMS” was organized at South-West University –
Blagoevgrad and District and Regional Courts and Bar-Association -
Blagoevgrad. Informative materials were distributed.A short animated movie
about RJ benefits was shown.
2. FILM SCREENING
of “A Conversation” movie took place at Law Faculty. More than
30 students attended the event followed by live discussion. The screening is
a part of the EFRJ campaign.
3. A large scale
public discussion with participation of Prof. and Mr. George Bakalov about
mediation and restorative justice was organized at District Court -
Blagoevgrad. More than 50 magistrates, lawyers, representatives of the
public institutions and students expressed their positive attitude and
readiness for action in favor of mediation and restorative justice.
15.11.2017 On the occasion of the Days
of mediation organized by the Regional and District Court Blagoevgrad and
Bar Association- Blagoevgrad, by special invitation students from Law and
History Faculty, studied Alternative Dispute Resolution discipline,
presented a simulation of mediation on family dispute, with elements of
The demonstration in front of the specialized audience, citizens and pupils
passed very successfully and the students were admired for their excellent
knowledge and professional skills.
23-31.10. 2017 On 27 and 28 October 2017,
in O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat,
Haryana, NCR of Delhi, India, the 6th International Conference on
Victim Assistancewasheld, with the main theme “Evolving Perspectives
in Victimology”. The forum was organized by the Jindal Institute of
Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Victimology and Psychological
Studies and was also recognized by the World Society of Victimology whose
many representatives tookpart in the event. From the Bulgarian side Prof.
DobrinkaChankova, PhD participated in the prestigious forum. She presented a paper
on “Victims of crime in Bulgaria - between EU law and the daily
challenges to the institutions and organizations involved”, which was
received very well and will be published. She chaired a scientific session
on “Direct and indirect victimization in the family.
During the period October 22 - November 4,
2017, the same university organized the 15th Asian Post Graduate Course on
Victimology, Victim Assistance and Criminal Justice, in which Prof.
Chankova delivered a lecture entitled “Restorative Justice – an
Improved Instrument in Support of Victims”, received exceptionally
well by the knowledgeable students.
For her participation in the conference and course, Prof. Chankova was awarded
honorary plaques for contributions to the victimology and Certificates of
18.08.2017 Two books were published in the summer, with separate chapters written
by Prof. Dr. Dobrinka Chankova. The first is "Global Victimology: New
Voices. Theory-Facts-Legislation ", edited by Kirchoff, G., Palit, M.
and Sahni, S., published by LexisNexis in India. It contains the study of
Prof. Chankova "New Restorative Justice Instruments Towards Youth Crime
in Norway", which was the result of a project.
second book is "Europe in Crisis: Crime, Criminal Justice and the Way
Forward", edited by Spinelis, C., Theodorakis, N., Billis, E. and
Papadimitrakopoulos, G., published in Greece by Ant. N. Sakkulos Publishers
L.P. It includes an analysis of
the author, entitled "Hard Times for Restorative Justice in
Bulgaria", for which she was explicitly invited.
17.06.2017 The last training of new mediators was
29.04.2017 The article “Restorative Justice –
an instrument for improved protection of crime victims” by Chankova, D.,
Anzova, D., Klecherova, M., Mladenova, I. was published in South African journal JUST AFRICA. All Africa Journal of
Criminal Justice. See the
23.02.2017 Prof. Dr Dobrinka Chankova took part in the Expert seminar for training of professionals on the Victims’ Directive, held in Brussels.
22.02.2017 The International Crime Victims Day was
marked with students from Law and History Faculty, South-West University of Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria.
30.01.2017 European Forum of Restorative Justice Summer School, Como, Italy, 24-28/07/2017
23.11.2016 The International Restorative
Justice Week was celebrated
2016 The paper “Security and Human
Rights: Contradictory or Reconcilable Paradigms? State of Affairs in
Bulgaria”, by Prof. D. Chankova and G. Georgieva, PhD, presented during KNOWLEDGE-BASED
Conference, organized by Nicolae
Balcesku Land Force
Academy – Sibiu, Romania, 9-11 June 2016 , was published in
Conference Proceedings No 2,
De Gguyter Open,Vol.
XXII, Nicolae Balcesku Land Force Academy Publishing House, 2016
07.07.2016 The Proceedings of the
International Scientific Conference: ”UN: Historical Traditions and Contemporary Law”, 2-3 October 2015 were
published by University Press
“N. Rilski”, with
Enhanced Protection of Crime Victims”.
25.05.2016 Prof. D. Chankova took part in the training “EU Gender Equality Law”, organized
by the Academy of European Law,
20.05.2016 New article in the global database for referencing and
indexing of scientific journals Elsevier's Scopus
20.04.2016 Students from Law and History Faculty, South-West University “N. Rilski”,
studying Alternative Dispute Resolution, developed 3-D informative panel about mediation !
The International Day
for Victims of Crime Support and the start of the European Year for
Combating Violence Against Women were celebrated.
22.11.2015 Prof. Dr Dobrinka Chankova took part in the International conference “Justice and Security in Intercultural Europe: Exploring Alternatives”, held in Leuven, Belgium, on 16-18 November 2015.
The International Restorative Justice
Week 15-22 November was celebrated with future mediators.
Оn 6th October
2015 in Sofia a conference
experience for application
of non-custodial sanctions - new horizons facing criminal justice"
in the framework of the project "New European Standards for
Application of Alternatives to
Imprisonment" in which the Institute of Conflict Resolution is a partner, will be held.
See the programme.
A new article of Prof. Dr. D. Chankova has been published: "Combating
Trafficking in Human Beings in
Bulgaria: Achievements, Problems, Perspectives", in : Tollefson, T.
(ed.) Victimological Advances in
Theory, Policy and Services. A festschrift in honor of John Peter Joseph Dussich, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, California State University, Fresno, Dumont Printing:
2015 In Contemporary Law Journal 1/2015 was
published a very positive review by Prof. Dr. Sc. Margarita Chinova of the book: Dunkel, F.,
Grzywa-Holten, J. and Horsfield, P. (Eds.) (2015) Restorative Justice and
Mediation in Penal Matters: A stock-taking of legal issues, implementation
strategies and outcomes in 36 European countries, Monchengladbach:Vorum Verlag
Godesberg, vol. 1-2
2015 Prof. Dr Dobrinka
Chankova and the coordinator of the
project "New European Standards for Application of Alternatives
to Imprisonment" have
given a launching press-conference in BTA-Sofia.
12.03.2015 Starting from today, the Association "Bulgarian-Romanian
Institute" starts the
implementation of the project "New European Standards for
Application of Alternatives to
funded according to contract №
Grants Scheme of the Programme BG15
"Correction services including without detention measures"
under the Norwegian
Financial Mechanism 2009-2014.
The Institute of Conflict Resolution is a partner. The total amount of the project is 113 237,50
BGN, from which 101 913,75 BGN is the gratuitous aid from the Programme Operator, and 11 323,75 BGN is the contribution of the Beneficiary. The project will be accomplished in 12 months.
24.02.2015 A new publication with Prof Dr. Dobrinka Chankova's chapter:
F., Grzywa-Holten, J. and Horsfield, P. (Eds.) (2015) Restorative Justice
and Mediation in Penal Matters: A stock-taking of legal issues,
implementation strategies and outcomes in 36 European countries, Monchengladbach:Vorum Verlag
Godesberg, vol. 1-2
book is a result of the project funded by the Criminal Justice Programme of the European Union.
D. Chankova took part in the final RJE conference which was held at
the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in London. Prof.
Chankova presented the final report regarding RJE project in
Bulgaria. She attended the launch of RJE book:
Gavrielides, T. (ed.) A victim-led criminal justice system:
Addressing the paradox , London, 2014, in which she
has a chapter "More
justice for crime victims in Bulgaria".
2014 Celebration of the International Day of Tolerance.
Chankova reviewed the book of David Cornwell, John Blad and Martin Wright
(eds.) (2013).Civilising Criminal Justice. An International Restorative
Agenda for Penal Reform SherfieldGables: WatersidePress. The review was
published In Internet Journal of
Restorative Justice, October 2014, http://www.rj4all.info/content/IJRJcontents
4.10.2014 During the period 15.09.- 02.10. 2014 Prof.
D. Chankova delivered course of lectures on Restorative Justice in Karaganda State University “Acad. E. Buketov”-
International Annual Conference 2014: A Victim-led Criminal Justice System? will be taking place during the International Restorative Justice Week
2014, on 19th-20th
November in London.This
unique event will bring together national and international
researchers, policy makers, academics, restorative justice and criminal
justice professionals as well as victims and offenders to debate issues surrounding the Victims'
Directive, victims' rights, a victim-led criminal justice system
andrestorative justice. Findings will be also presented from the IARS 2- year programme
Restorative Justice in Europe: Safeguarding Victims & Empowering
Professionals. Cutting edge research on criminal justice,
restorative justice and victims’ rights will also be presented in 18
workshops delivered by international experts.
IARS Conference 19-20 November.pdf
6.09.2014 Prof. D. Chankova has participated in the Final Justice Cooperation
Network Conference “Re-integration of High Risk Offenders”, 3-5 September 2014, Rostock-Warnemunde,
Germany, with a poster presentation “RESTORATIVE JUSTICE AND HIGH-RISK
OFFENDERS: CONTRADICTIOUS OR
and promoted RJE
See the following
e-training courses, developed in the frameworks of the project: “Restorative Justice
in Europe: Safeguarding Victims and Empowering Professionals”.
19.06.2014 The Faculty of Law and History at South-West University “N. Rilski”
hosted training on protection of crime victims’ rights and restorative justice. The training was organized in the frames of the international project under EU “Criminal Justice” Programme,
entitled “Restorative Justice in Europe: Safeguarding Victims and
Empowering Professionals” and carried out by scientists from academic institutions from the UK, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Germany and Greece. From Bulgarian side the participant is Prof. Dr Dobrinka Chankova.
During the project whose main objective is creation of conditions for implementation of the Directive
2012/29/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012
establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of
victims of crime, work packages for victims and professionals have been elaborated. They have been piloted
during the training. Guest-lecturers were Ben Lyon and Grace Loseby from Independent Academic Research Studies-London - project coordinator.
The training was very successful and was positively evaluated by the participants who received certificates.
training was organized on 16.06. 2014 in Sofia Bar Association with active
involvement of the ICR members.
10.06.2014 During the conference “Children in conflict with law. Reform of child justice system in compliance with the international standards and the best interest of the child” Prof Dr Dobrinka
Chankova spoke about restorative justice potential. The conference took place in Sofia and was organized by UNICEF jointly with the National Assembly and the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Bulgaria.
06.06.2014 During the round table discussion “Forming of long-term policies for improving crime victims
by the Center for Study of Democracy in Sofia, Prof Dr D. Chankova made
a presentation “Restorative justice-new instrument for protection of victim’s rights” and distributed information about RJE Project.
28.04.2014 The book „Youth at Risk. Art, Creativity and Integration”, in which are the findings of АRS Project, with ICR members involvement, was published. Ralitsa Voynova and George Bakalov have an article there!
27.04.2014 Two articles of Prof. Chankova
were published in Greece in the frameworks of “The 3E Model for a Restorative Justice
Strategy in Europe”:
Justice in Bulgaria”, In: Pitsela, A. and Symeonidou-Kastanidou (Eds.) Restorative Justice in Criminal Matters: Towards a New European
Perspective. Comparative Research in 11 Countries, Sakkloulas
Publications: Athens -Thessaloniki, 2013, p. 23-43, and
is Afraid of Restorative Justice?” In: Aristotle University of
Thessaloniki, Pitsela, A. and
Symeonidou-Kastanidou (Eds.) Restorative Justice in Criminal Matters: Towards a New European
Perspective. International Conference, 16-17 May 2013, Thessaloniki,
Greece, Sakkloulas Publications: Athens-Thessaloniki, 2013, p.277-280
11.04. 2014 A scientific session “Right to nondiscrimination - private law and public law aspects” was held at Law and History Faculty at South-West University-Blagoevgrad. Prof.
D. Chankova made a presentation entitled
“Pro or contra victim’s positive discrimination?”
07.04.2014 Prof. Chankova’s article “Restorative Justice - a
Revival of Customary Law in Support
of Crime Victims”, presented as a paper at a conference, was published in Bobchev’s Readings: Law Science in Honour of Prof. Stefan Bobchev, University of National and World Economy, Sofia, 2014
25.01.2014 The first results from the project“Restorative
Justice in Europe: Safeguarding
Victims & Empowering
Professionals” -2012-2014 have been revealed. See:
10.12.2013 At the official opening of Mediation centre at Blagoevgrad Prof. Dr D. Chankova spoke about
RJ and the new EU Victims Directive.
21.11.2013 The International RJ week was celebrated with students from Law and History Faculty at SWU “N. Rilski”.
17.11.2013 During the training of new mediators the International RJ
week was celebrated.
06.11.2013 During the
scientific session “Trends and Perspectives of Public Administration in
Bulgaria” held at Law and History Faculty at SWU “N. Rilski”
information about Directive 2012/29/EU of the
European Parliament and of the Council for establishing minimum standards on the rights, support
and protection of victims of crime was disseminated.
31.10.2013 Meetings with university professors and other researchers and practitioners about how to include Restorative Justice and new Directive 2012/29/EU of the European Parliament and of the
Council for establishing
minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime in the education and information campaigns have been organized.
During the celebration of the European Day against Human
Trafficking, held at
Blagoevgrad, information about new Directive 2012/29/EU of the
European Parliament and of the Council for establishing minimum standards on the rights, support
and protection of victims of crime was distributed.
17.10. 2013 During
the Annual Conference of the
Law Faculty of the
University of National and World Economy – Sofia, Prof.
Dr. Dobrinka Chankova made a presentation entitled “Restorative Justice - a
Revival of Customary Law in Support
of Crime Victims”.
18.09.2013 Prof. Dr. D. Chankova took
part in the International Summer School for PhD Students “The European Union
and the Black Sea Region: Challenges and Prospects” held in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, from 17 till 19 September 2013. She delivered a lecture entitled “Restorative Justice
– the New
Perspective of Criminal
Justice in Europe”.
01.07.2013 The article of Prof. Dr. Dobrinka Chankova
“The New European
Standards for Rights,
Support and Protection of Crime Victims” has been published in law journal “Society and
Law”, 2013, N 4.
27.05. 2013 From 9 till 12 May 2013 in Gdansk,
Poland, Prof. Dr. D. Chankova
took part in the final conference of the project “Restorative justice
and mediation in penal matters in Europe”, coordinated by the University of Greifswald, Germany, and sponsored by Criminal Justice Program of the EU. Scholars from 37 states- members and associate members of the EU, took part in the project.
Day for Victims of Crime!
01.12.2012 The Institute of Conflict Resolution is a partner in a new project titled “Restorative
Justice in Europe: Safeguarding Victims & Empowering
Professionals”, funded by the Criminal Justice Programme of the EU. The coordinator of the project is Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS)- a leading UK-based international think-tanks with
expertise in community-led solutions to crime, such as restorative justice, and
the partners are also: the University of Applied
Sciences for Public Administration Bremen (Germany), Restorative Thinking
(UK), Restorative Justice Netherlands (the Netherlands), the European
Public Law Organisation (Greece) and Innokut (Hungary). Associate
Partners from the USA,
Cyprus etc. are involved as well. The project duration is 2 years.
See press - release.
Students from South-West
University “N. Rilski”, by initiative of Prof. Dr Dobrinka Chankova, participated in the world campaign for marking RJ week- 18-25 November
3.11.2012 The Institute
of Conflict Resolution members took part in the International conference
“European Network for Mediation” held in Sofia on 1-2 November 2012.
meeting with the honorary member of the ICR Dr Martin Wright followed.
31.08.2012 On a working visit in Sofia
were the Spanish partners of the Institute
of Conflict Resolution in the frameworks
of ARS Project.
4.06.2012 From 20 till 24 May 2012 Prof. Dr Dobrinka Chankova took part in the 14th
World Society of Victimology International Symposium, The
Hague, the Netherlands
30.03.2012 Prof. Dr Dobrinka Chankova - Chair of the ICR and Mr. George Bakalov
– Vice-Chair took
part in a conference for promotion of mediation in Yambol, Bulgaria.
training of mediators with the Institute of Conflict Resolution’s trainers ended successfully.
1.12.2011 The Honorary
member of the Institute of Conflict Resolution Dr Martin
Wright, Silviya Milusheva
and Prof. Dr Dobrinka
Chankova took part on 25 November 2011 in London in the workshop “Perspectives of Restorative Justice”
in the frameworks of “Prisons Week - 20-26
20.11.2011 The Institute of
Conflict Resolution took part
International campaign “Restorative
Justice week-13-20 November 2011” through lectures before newly trained mediators and students from South-West University- Blagoevgrad.
06.11.2011 On 31
October 2011 Prof. Dr D. Chankova took part in the first working meeting in the frameworks of the project „The 3E Model for a
Restorative Justice Strategy in Europe” in Thessaloniki, Greece.
22nd till 28th
August 2011 in Sofia the Institute
of Conflict Resolution trained new mediators.
“The 3E Model for a Restorative Justice Strategy in Europe”
with the Institute
of Conflict Resolution involvement has been launched. The coordinator of the project is the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and the partners are research institutions and scholars from the United Kingdom, Finland,
Hungary, Poland, Spain, Turkey, the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany.
20.07.2011 The new book of Prof. Dr Dobrinka Chankova - Chair of the ICR entitled “Restorative
Justice. A Comparative
Analysis” has been
08.06.2011 From 27th May till 6th June 2011 in
the city of Burgas the Institute of Conflict Resolution trained new mediators.
“Mediation” was held in Sofia
on 18-19 May 2011. It was organized by the Ministry of Justice and the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation (IRZ). Members
and volunteers of the Institute of Conflict Resolution took part in the workshop.
members will participate in the mediators’ training, organized by the Union of Bulgarian Lawyers
1-10 April 2011
21.01. 2011 The National Association of Mediators initiates a conference entitled “Mediation and the problems of court and out-of-court settlement” in May 2011 in Sofia.
December 2nd and 3rd 2010 in Paris the 12th National Conference with international participation of the Association “Citoyens et
Justice”, entitled “Restorative Justice: from ideal
to reality?” took place.
The results of the multinational project “Action-Research
about availability of the VOM
or how to implement the VOM at the post sentence stage”, with
involvement of the organizations from France, Bulgaria, Spain and Italy, have been presented.
The Bulgarian delegation to the conference
8.10.2010 New publication: Dussich, J. and
Schellenberg, J. (eds.) The
Promise of Restorative Justice. New Approaches for Criminal Justice and Beyond, Boulder/London: Lynne
Rienner Publishers, 2010
The chapter ”Mediation: The Case of
Bulgaria” by Assoc. Prof.
D. Chankova is included.
7.06.2010 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dobrinka Chankova took part in the XXVI Postgraduate course “Victimology, Victim
Assistance and Criminal Justice“ 10-22 May 2010 at Inter-university Centre- Dubrovnik, Croatia, and delivered a lecture on Recent Developments of Restorative Justice in Eastern Europe.
Prof. Dobrinka Chankova took part in the International conference “Restorative justice and Crime prevention: actors, places and policies”, held in Naples, Italy, on 25-26 March 2010.
26.02.2010 A Working group of National Association of Mediators is developing amendments to the Mediation Act. To be continued.
the paper, presented by Assoc. Prof. Dr. D. Chankova on Recent Developments in Policies
Related to Crime Victims in Bulgaria,
during the 13th International Symposium on
Victimology, Mito, Japan, 23-28 August 2009
4.11.2009 Prof. Dobrinka Chankova took part in the Transnational Forum “Good Practices in Restorative Juvenile Justice”, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2-3 November 2009
2.10.2009 A working meeting with Spanish coordinators of the new project with ICR involvment entitled “ Restorative Juvenile Justice in the framework of the European Union” was held in Sofia.
23.06.2009 The new Family Code, regularizing mediation in family matters, was promulgated
State Gazette N 47/ 23 June 2009.
16.05.2009 The project “The School - a Territory of Tolerance” ended successfully with 3 publications.
02.04.2009 The ICR Director Assoc. Prof. Dr.
Dobrinka Chankova had a meeting
in Tokyo, Japan, with the Representative Director of
Japan Mediation Center Ms Keiko Tanaka and the Director of the Executive Office Mr. Nobuaki Andoh. During the meeting different issues of common interest have been discussed.
01.04.2009 The National Association of Mediators organizes a conference “Mediation in Administrative Proceedings” to be held on 3 April 2009 in Sofia.
23.03.2009 The ICR Director Assoc.
Prof. Dr. Dobrinka
Chankova took part in the International Symposium “ Globalized Penal Populism and its Countermeasures” held on 21 March 2009 in Kyoto, Japan.
07.03.2009 The Institute of Conflict Resolution is listed on WiserEarth.org,
the largest free and editable
directory of environmental
justice organizations in the world. Over 550,000 people --
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the Institute’s profile:
National Association of Mediators
adopted an Action plan for mediation in administrative disputes.
More details soon.
27.10.2008 From 24th till 26th
October 2008 in the town of Pazardjik the first module of training of school staff on violence prevention in schools was held. The training is a part of the project “ The school - a territory of tolerance” implemented by the “Public Fund” Foundation-
Pazardjik with the active involvement of experts from the Institute of Conflict Resolution. The VISTA
methodology was applied.
23.10.2008 Assoc. Prof. Dr
Dobrinka Chankova- chair
of the ICR- took
part in the first meeting of the Management Committee of the project “Cyberbullying: coping with negative and enhancing
positive uses of new technologies, in relationships in educational
settings” in the
framework of COST Programme of the EU. The meeting was held in Brussels and started 4-year project for exchange of information and good practices of coping with Cyberbullying.
19.10.2008. The last training of
mediators ended with great success.
01.10. 2008 On the 25
and 26 of September 2008 in the town of Bourgas the “Days of Mediation”
took place. The purpose of the
initiative was to promote this new extremely efficient method for alternative dispute
resolution. In the schedule of
Bulgarian-German conference, professional meetings and discussions, information campaign and promotional
mediation services were included.
The “Days of Mediation” in Bourgas were
organized by the National Association of Mediators in collaboration with the Institute for
Conflict Resolution, the German Foundation for International Legal
Cooperation, the Union of the
Jurists in Bulgaria – the section of Bourgas, the Regional Advisory
Centre for Mediation – Bourgas, with the kind cooperation of
Municipality of Bourgas, and
were a part of the campaign for
the implementation of mediation in compliance with the instruments of the European Union, the Council
of Europe and the UN.
During the “Days of Mediation” in Bourgas
representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Judiciary, the Bar
Association, non-governmental organizations, practicing mediators, scientists
from all over the country and abroad took part. The participants were
cordially welcome by the Mayor of Bourgas Mr.Dimitar Nikolov, the regional
governor Mr. Lyubomir Panteleev, the MP of the European Parliament Mrs. Rumyana
Jeleva and Mr. Valery Parvanov – Vice-General Prosecutor. A special
guest to the forum was Associate Professor Dr Gabriela Belova –
Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Law and History of SWU “N. Rilski” –
one of the first faculties in the country that had introduced the study of
the discipline Alternative Dispute Resolution. Associate Professor Belova
encouraged further efforts for the implementation of mediation. Mr. Yossif
Geron – President of NAM – made an extensive review of the
actual state of affairs of mediation in Bulgaria. Associate Professor
Dr Dobrinka Chankova – Chair of the ICR and Vice - President of the
National Association of Mediators, introduced the concept and the draft
law for introduction of mediation in criminal matters,
developed by a working group
affiliated to the NAM,
and submitted to the Ministry of Justice. There were also held other
specialized reports. A movie on
mediation skills was presented. The centers for mediation in the
country informed the
participants about their
activities. Mr. George Bakalov-
Vice-Chair of the ICR - informed all those
present about the various activities of the Institute. The German legal
regulation and good practices of mediation in criminal matters were
presented by Mr. Gerd Delattre – Leader of TOA – Servicebureau,
and Mrs.Astrid Achtenberg, Legal Assistance for Youngsters, Miesbach, Germany.
During the forum the first honorary badges of the
National Association of Mediators were handed. Badges have been awarded to: Prof.
Dr.Margarita Chinova, a honorary
fellow of the ICR, for her contribution to the
implementation of mediation in Bulgaria; Mr. Zhivko Panayotov – Director
of the Regional Advisory Centre for Mediation – Bourgas and a member
of the ICR – for his active mediator’s work and his efforts for
the development of mediation in the region of Bourgas, and to the German
Foundation for International Legal Cooperation – for their support
for promotion of mediation in Bulgaria.
The event was well attended and largely covered by the local and central televisions,
Internet and the local and
See our Photo gallery
special issue of Legal Tribune Journal (N 1, 2008)
with the proceedings of the Workshop and Round table discussion on Mediation in Penal Matters (December 2007) was
2.06. 2008 DIRECTIVE 2008/52/EC OF THE
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 21 May 2008 on certain aspects of
mediation in civil and commercial matters
has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. See the full text.
27.05.2008 The findings of the ICR survey about the applicability of VOM according to the victims were published in Society and Law Journal, 2008, vol.5.
25.05.2008 The latest Mediators
training was a great
22.05.2008 Bulgarian-German Mediation Conference was held in Sofia on 20-21 May 2008. /See details
in Conferences section/
22.04. 2008 At the General Meeting of the National Association of Mediators George Bakalov - deputy chair of the ICR was elected a member of the Ethical Commission, and Dobrinka Chankova - a deputy chair of the NAM.
17-19. 04. 2008 The Fifth European Forum for Restorative
Justice Conference “Building Restorative Justice in Europe” took place in Verona, Italy. Dobrinka Chankova participated with a paper “Teaching Restorative Justice in the Universities and Beyond”.
16.04. 2008 The ICR Chair Assoc. Prof. Dr Dobrinka Chankova has been awarded the Badge of Honor of the Union of Bulgarian Jurists for high professional achievements.
5.03.2008 The first transnational meeting of TIN project was held in Sofia on 3rd and 4th March 2008. /See details in
11.02.2008 Mediators training, organized in collaboration with The Union of Bulgarian Jurists, was a great success.
1.02.2008 In February issue 2008 of Legal World journal information about the outcomes of the Workshop and the
Round table discussion on
perspectives of mediation in
penal matters, held in Sofia on 13-14 December 2007, was published.
See the full text of the article. 1
7.01. 2008 In Law and
Society Journal, No 10 2007,
the findings of ICR survey on the applicability of mediation in penal matters according to the offenders were published.
25.12.2007 See the review of Assoc. Prof. Dr. D. Chankova “New Restorative
Justice Models in Europe: Results of a
conducted in the frameworks of COST Action A21.
Workshop and the Round table discussion on perspectives of mediation in penal matters held in Sofia on 13-14 December 2007 were a great success! /See details in
Workshop and Round table
discussion on perspectives of
mediation in penal
matters, Sofia, 13-14 December
The events are being organized by the National Association of Mediators, jointly with TAIEX Office of the European Commission, the Union of Bulgarian Jurists and
the Institute of Conflict
Resolution and are a part of the campaign for restorative justice
and victim-offender mediation
See the Agenda
The Institute of Conflict Resolution celebrated the International Restorative Justice Week (18-25
November) with a lecture in the Institute
of Postgraduate studies - Sofia.
Announcement for Training
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25.10.2007 The Institute of
Conflict Resolution is approved
by the Ministry of Justice to train mediators!!!
24.10.2007 Assoc. Prof. Dr. D. Chankova- chair of ICR made presentation about COST Action A21 at the National COST Conference in the city of Bansko.
International Conflict Resolution Day
with a lecture in the Institute
of Postgraduate studies - Sofia.
The 5th European Forum for Restorative Justice Conference
Justice in Europe”
will take place in Verona, Italy, from 17 till 19 April 2008. For more details see http://www.euforumrj.org/Activities/conferences.htm
20.09.2007 The Institute of Conflict Resolution took part in a public discussion about the Action Plan for implementation of the European Commission recommendations
The Institute of Conflict Resolution has launched a survey about applicability of Victim-Offender Mediation among interested groups.
20.07.2007 The new Civil Procedure Code
where mediation finds
its due place was promulgated.
Institute of Conflict
part in mediation training in Varna.
of Mediators in Bulgaria, whose co-founder is the Institute of Conflict Resolution, adopted a Strategy and launched a campaign for introducing of mediation in penal matters in Bulgarian justice system.
24.05. 2007 The
ICR Chair Assoc.Prof.
Dr. Dobrinka Chankova took
part in the conference “Young People in Eastern Europe and Central
Asia: From Policy to Action”, organized in Rome, Italy, by the World Bank. The results of VISTA Project have been presented.
27.03.2007. A new soft law act on the application of Mediation Act has been issued by the Ministry of Justice.
During the seminar “Restorative Justice
and Victim-Offender Mediation in Europe: Overcoming Obstacles and Strengthening of Networking”, held in
Helsinki on 11 and 12 December 2006 under the auspices of Finnish Presidency of the EU, Assoc. Prof. Dr. D. Chankova proposed the next year or decade to be proclaimed as Restorative Justice Year or Decade, according to the UN practice, in order to accelerate RJ developments in compliance with the UN, EU and Council of Europe instruments. The proposal was very well received and relevant measures for its accomplishment were undertaken.
27. 11.2006 Final COST Action A21 Conference “Restorative Justice Research in Europe: Outcomes and Challenges ”, 22-24 November
2006, Warsaw, was held
with a great success and active Bulgarian involvement.
Long-waited Handbook of Restorative Justice, ed. by G. Johnstone and D.Van Ness, with a contribution of Prof. Dobrinka Chankova, has been published by Willan Publishing.
Amendments to Mediation Act have been promulgated. See the
Conference in the frameworks of COST Action A21 “Restorative justice developments in Europe” will take place from 22 till 24 November
2006 in Warsaw. See the
Project ended. The Manual developed was translated into Bulgarian. More information soon.
New Recommendation /2006/ 8 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of
Europe on assistance
to crime victims promotes victim-offender mediation.
5-7.06. 2006 In Cumberland Lodge, UK, the final meeting in the frameworks of VISTA Project took place.
10.04.2006 The Institute of Conflict Resolution launched a promotion of mediation as a dispute resolution method in 153rd Secondary School “N. Rilski”
in Sofia. The mediation procedure was demonstrated. The promotion is a part of Mediation Days in Sofia, 27 March- 14 April 2006.
03.04.2006 The Institute of Conflict Resolution, jointly with New Bulgarian University-
Sofia, organized a workshop on Mediation as a new opportunity for students. The workshop is a part of Mediation Days in Sofia, 27 March-14 April 2006.
27.03.2006 Mediation Days in
Sofia were opened. See
Mediation Days Program
members Emilia Staninska,
Grigor Vladimirov and Dobrinka Chankova took part in the COST A21 meetings and
workshop in Tel Aviv, Israel.
the occasion of Mediation Days in Sofia the Institute of Conflict Resolution announces a student’s essay competition on the theme: Mediation- new
culture for conflict resolution. The essays should be sent to the Institute’s address firstname.lastname@example.org.
The winners will be announced in April 2006.
8-10.02.2006 The regular working meeting in the framework of VISTA Project took
place in the Catholic
University of Leuven, Belgium. From
the Bulgarian side the participants were Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dobrinka Chankova and Tanya Poshtova.