Since gaining its independence, the post-Soviet country of Azerbaijan has been in the process of reforming its legislation and judiciary to meet the demands of the free market and a global economy. Despite significant reforms in other legal areas and international arbitration, Azerbaijani legislation does not regulate local arbitration, and barely refers to mediation. No significant legislative incentives currently exist to encourage parties to utilize alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, rather than submit their cases to the courts.
Nevertheless, the huge increase in the number of court cases filed during the last few years has stimulated the government to begin to promote mediation as a solution. The Strategic Roadmap approved by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan envisions a significant change, in order to increase the popularity and application of mediation through 2020.
SENIOR FELLOW – AZERBAIJAN
MEDIATION DEVELOPMENTS IN AZERBAIJAN