Arben Murtezić, born in Sarajevo in 1973, where he graduated at the University in Sarajevo Faculty of Law. His Masters degree he obtained at the University of Portsmouth, UK (University of Portsmouth). Arben Murtezić was awarded a PhD in International Law in December 2018 at the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina. From 2010 to 2016, he served as Chief Disciplinary Prosecutor of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of BiH. He is currently the Director of the Centre for Judicial and Prosecutorial Training of FBiH.
He is the author of several articles in the area of Cyber Crime and Judicial Ethics and independence.
Concept of mediation was very ambitiously introduced and promulgated after the adoption of the Law on Procedure of Mediation in 2004. In the following years, international donors and partners, such as IFC (World Bank) and governments of Canada and Netherlands invested quite a lot in adequate education and awareness in this matter.
However, it seems that almost this entire decade mediation in Bosnia and Herzegovina is out of focus. This can be illustrated through the activities Judicial Training Centers (both in FBiH and RS). Namely, according to the expressed interest of Judges, i.e. because there has been no proposal for education in the field of mediation by the judicial community, Centers based their activities in the field of alternative dispute resolution mostly on arbitration and court settlement. Furthermore, recently High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the support of EU, has developed a project on a court settlement which is intensely promoted among the general public. Therefore, in order to put mediation back on map in Bosnia and Herzegovina, emphasis should be on differences and possible advantages of mediation in comparison with litigations and even court settlements and/or arbitration.