The Azerbaijan government is just beginning to promote mediation as an alternative to the courts. The Weinstein International Foundation Network is helping to pilot mediation centers, draft the legislation, consult on mediation concept and train mediators.
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. Finally on March 29, 2019 the Law on Mediation was adopted.
SENIOR FELLOW – AZERBAIJAN
Ruslan Mirzayev is an ADR expert, international mediator and an international arbitration attorney qualified in the State of New York and Azerbaijan with extensive experience in international dispute resolution.
MEDIATION DEVELOPMENTS IN AZERBAIJAN