Alex Azarov is an associate of MediatEUr, a Brussels-based peace mediation NGO. He is currently working on helping Ukrainians to develop dialogue capacity for dealing with the challenges facing their country.
Alex has worked in Australia as a tenant advocate at a community legal centre in Sydney. More recently he worked in Brisbane as a mediator specialising in tenancy disputes. He has extensive experience conducting research for various Australian academics and mediators into alternative dispute resolution.
Propelled by an interest in international conflict resolution in 2013-14, Alex completed an internship at the Moscow office of International Crisis Group, and participated in the ICP/Caux International Summer Academies on Nagorno Karabakh (2013) and Peace Mediation (2014) which set him on the path that brought him to mediatEUr. His special interest is in conflicts involving Russia, including those in the Caucasus and Ukraine. Alex holds bachelors of Medical Science & Law from the University of Technology, Sydney and a masters of Mediation & Conflict Resolution from the University of Queensland.
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Articles and Video:
APR: Alternative Political Resolution
Mediation has proven to me that adversarial litigation is an archaic way to resolve many of our conflicts. I think it's logical that we the best for the future is to use mediation to resolve the political deadlocks that are plaguing our societies, transforming democracy from the divisive popularity contest that it has become to the participatory civic engagement that so many have fought for.
Speediation: The Challenges of Resolving a Dispute in an Hour
As court dockets fill, and more and more demand is placed on a mediator, it is important for a mediator to analyze a case quickly. As the demands on a mediator change, mediators must change their expectations and be willing to consider new options.
Multi-Party Facilitation - Improvisation: How to ‘Do The Jazz’ in Multi-party Facilitations
Multi-party facilitations often reach such levels of complexity that the facilitator must be thoroughly prepared. However, things often don’t eventuate the way we predict and preparation alone is not enough to avoid a possible de-railing of the process. A skilled facilitator must be able to manage unexpected group dynamics in a similar way to a jazz musician taking part in an improvised performance.