European Day of Justice

Vilnius, 25 October 2012



Premises of the Ministry of Justice

Gedimino av. 30, Vilnius

Interpretation to English and French

8:30 – 9:00            Registration of participants

9:00 – 9:30            Opening speeches

ü  Mr. Remigijus Šimašius, Minister of Justice of Lithuania

ü  Mr. Gintaras Kryževicius, The Chairman of the Judicial Council, the Chairman of the Supreme Court of Lithuania

ü  Video message from the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr Thorbjørn Jagland

ü  Mr Philippe Boillat, Director General of Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe,

ü  Ms Paraskevi Michou, Director Civil Justice, European Commission,

9:30 – 10:00          Mediation in Europe: findings of the CEPEJ’s report “European judicial systems – Edition 2012

                            Stéphane Leyenberger, Secretary of the CEPEJ:

10:00 – 10:45         Norwegian experiences related to mediation

                            Judge Heidi Heggdal, Oslo District Court (Norway)

10:45 – 11:00         Coffee break

11:00 – 11:20         Mediation in Lithuania: challenges and opportunities

                            Dr. Rimantas Simaitis, Associated Professor of Vilnius University, Attorney-at-Law, Mediator, former president of CEPEJ mediation experts working group CEPEJ-GT-MED

11:20 – 11:45         Understanding mediation in Lithuania

Dr. doc. Natalija Kaminskiene, Mykolas Romeris university, Head of Mediation department:

11:45 – 12:15         Presentation of the best student thesis on mediation

Mediation in education institutions

Student Aridana Jurkucioniene

Mediation in companys management

Student Agne Piškinaite

12:15 – 12:45         Press conference

Participants walk to the Restaurant


Restaurant Neringa

Gedimino av. 23, Vilnius [near the Ministry of Justice]

12:45 – 14:00         Lunch

Transportation provided for the participants from the restaurant Neringa to the cinema Pasaka


Cinema Pasaka

Šv.Ignoto str. 4/3, Vilnius

Interpretation English - Lithuanian

14:00 – 16:00         Review of short films on mediation

Awarding ceremony to authors of the best short film

Participants walk to the Hotel Artis


Liejyklos St. 11/ 23, Vilnius [near the cinema Pasaka]

Interpretation English - French

16:15 – 16:30         Coffee break

16:30 – 18:30         Crystal Scales of Justice Prize – awarding ceremony

Opening speech by the Co-Moderators: Ms Salla Saastamoinen, Head of Unit , Civil justice policy unit, European Commission and Mr John Stacey, President of the CEPEJ


Video-message of Vice-President of the European Commission,

Ms. Viviane Reding

Presentation of the selected projects

Awarding of the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize and the three special mentions

Press conference

18:30                    Cocktail drinks

In the morning of 26 October, from 9.30 to 11 am, Sightseeing in the Old town of Vilnius