Advocacy Task Force

Manon Schonewille – Chair – The Netherlands

Manon Schonewille is an IMI Certified Mediator and a Deal Facilitator at Result ADR Center for Businesses in the Netherlands.  She is a JAMS International Panelist and has conducted trainings throughout Europe and the USA. She trains professionals all over the world in the advanced use of mediation and negotiation techniques, especially in inter-cultural environments, as well as in training other trainers.  She is a member of the IMI Independent Standards Commission and consults governments, corporations and leading law firms in the implementation of ADR mechanisms

She publishes regularly and is the author of several books, including Toolkit Generating Outcomes. She lectures on deal mediation, business mediation, mediation advocacy and conflict management at Utrecht University.  Besides chairing the IMI Task Force on Mediation Advocacy and co-chairing the International Committee of the DR Section of the American Bar Association (ABA), Manon is President of ACB Foundation; a conflict management research center that was founded in 1998 by large corporations, law firms and the Dutch Employers Association VNO-NCW.

It was a true delight and an inspiring challenge to crystallise what was scattered and fragmented and use it as a basis for creating a unique tool in advancing the users’ confidence in mediation and appreciation of the value of the advocates/advisors. I feel very proud of the results of the incredible dedication and hard work of the Mediation Advocacy (MA) Task Force and would like to thank all the Task Force members.  Professional competent mediation advocates/advisors make such a difference in the dynamics of mediation and in creating innovative and smart solutions.  Many mediators and parties report that mediations can fail, or sub-optimal outcomes are achieved, because those representing their clients fail to prepare their clients properly, act as if they are in a courtroom rather than at a negotiation table, focus on scoring points rather than helping to develop options for mutual gain.  By helping distinguish and professionalise mediation advocacy competency, users can make more informed decisions on appointing the right professional for their mediations to assist them to generate the best possible outcome.


Professor Harold (Hal) Abramson – US

Professor of Law,  Touro Law Center, New York (US)

Hal is an experienced trainer, teacher and commercial mediator of cross-cultural disputes, and also author of numerous articles and two books, Mediation Representation – Advocating as a Problem-Solver in Any Country or Culture (2nd edition, NITA 2010, Oxford University Press, 2011), and International Conflict Resolution-Consensual ADR Processes (West, 2005, co-author).

Dr. Ewa Gmurzyńska – Poland

Ewa Gmurzyńska, Ph.D., associate professor at Warsaw University Faculty of Law and Administration. She received her J.D and Ph.D.  degree at Warsaw University Law School and master degree (LL.M) at University of Florida Levin College of Law. Presently she is director of the Center for American Studies, a join program of Warsaw University and University of Florida. She has been trained as mediator in state of Florida, Georgia and Poland. She is a practicing mediator in civil and commercial disputes and is involved in many mediation related initiatives in Poland including: presidency of the Civil Council for Alternative Dispute and Conflict Resolution at the Ministry of Justice, co-founder  and member of the board of directors of the Center for the Amicable Dispute Resolutions, director of the  Mediation Clinic at the Faculty of Law and Administration of Warsaw University. She is also the author of book:  Mediation in American Legal System (in Polish) and editor and co-author of book: Theory and Practice of Mediation (in Polish), as well as and many articles related to mediation and negotiation topic.

Aloysius Goh – Singapore

Mr Aloysius Goh is the Managing Director of Peacemakers Consulting, a private provider of mediation services.  “Peacemakers” is also the name of an ongoing annual series of mediation workshops and competitions for youth which was developed in 2010 by Aloysius together with other leaders in the Singapore mediation community. Through Peacemakers (both the company and the workshop) Aloysius has been an active advocate for increased collaboration between all stakeholders in the mediation community to raise awareness of mediation practice as well as the standards of mediation.

An alumni of the prestigious National University of Singapore, Aloysius received his Master of Law degree in 2009 on a NUS Research Scholarship. His research thesis advocated clear standards for the practice of Mediation Advocacy and for collaborative dispute resolution systems to be developed as part of a mature legal system. He has actively sought to realise his goals by training at the Singapore Mediation Centre and teaching at the NUS Law School. He is also an Associate Mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre and the Primary Dispute Resolution Centre.

As the legal counsel and company secretary of various public and private sector companies, Aloysius’ problem-solving and conflict management skills has facilitated numerous high-value and complex commercial deals in healthcare, education, information technology, and construction. He has also mediated family and social disputes through active non-profit engagements in human development and poverty alleviation projects in Asia.

Professor Andrew Goodman – UK

LL.B., MBA, FCIArb, FInstCPD, FRSA, Barrister, Arbitrator, accredited CEDR Mediator, UK.

Professor of Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution Studies at Rushmore University, a visiting lecturer on the LLM/MA courses in Dispute Resolution at UCL and SOAS, University of London, and a peripatetic lecturer in mediation at the Universities of Reading, Southampton, Cardiff, Birkbeck College, London, MMU, NTU, LMU, the College of Law and BPP University College. Andrew Goodman leads the CMC approved RICS mediator training courses in the UK and abroad and is convenor of the Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates (

He has trained in mediation and contract management in the UAE, Nigeria, Turkey, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Kathmandu, Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels; he advises governments, judiciaries and NGOs on mediation advocacy in Belgium, Croatia, Nigeria, Ghana, India and the People’s Republic of China. He is the author and editor of over 40 books.

Jeremy Lack – Switzerland/U.K/U.S/Israel

Jeremy Lack is an ADR Neutral specialized in international dispute prevention and resolution processes, as well as an independent lawyer specialised in new technologies, start-ups and intellectual property. He is a Vice-Chair of the Independent Standards Commission of the International Mediation Institute (IMI), the Chair of the Swiss Chamber of Commercial Mediation (Section Romandie), and a panellist with AAA/ICDR, CMAP, CPR, FIMC, IBMS, ICC, INTA, IMI, JAMS, SKWM/CSMC/SCCM, SIMC and WIPO. He qualified as an English barrister in 1989, as a US Attorney-at-Law in 1990/1 (NY State, CAFC & USPTO) and is admitted to the Geneva Bar since 2003 as a foreign lawyer. Jeremy is an associate Barrister with QUADRANT CHAMBERS in London, an advisor to CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS LLP in Geneva and London, and counsel to HELVETICA AVOCATS SARL in Switzerland, SCHONEWILLE & SCHONEWILLE LEGAL MEDIATION in the Netherlands, and NEGO-MEDIATIONS SARL in Switzerland. He has a MA (Oxon) degree in Physiological Sciences and in Jurisprudence from Lincoln College, Oxford University, is a registered US patent and trademark lawyer, and is a co-founder of He is an adjunct faculty member at the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. Jeremy handles international negotiations, mediations, conciliations and arbitrations, and combined hybrid processes in a wide range of fields and industries. He is a certified IMI mediation advocate and has written and lectured extensively on Guided Choice dispute resolution. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Geneva, Switzerland. For his IMI mediation and mediation advocacy profiles, see:

Deborah Masucci – US

Deborah Masucci mostly recently was Head of American International Group Inc.’s (AIG) Employment Dispute Resolution Program. She was recruited to AIG in 2003 to establish its Office of Dispute Resolution in the Litigation Management Division where she was responsible for the strategic use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and increasing the effective methods of appropriate dispute resolution used within the Claims Organization.

In June 2005, the AIG Companies were honored by Dispute Resolution Services of Los Angeles with the Corporate Achievement Award for establishment of the Office of Dispute Resolution. In June 2011, Deborah was honored by the Association for Conflict Resolution, Greater New York Chapter with its ADR Achievement Award.

Deborah is an expert in the subject of ADR with over thirty years’ experience in promoting and effectively using ADR as an educator, corporate user, ADR Provider, and administrator. She is a published author on ADR issues and frequently speaks on the topic at legal and bar association meetings.

For Deborah’s full biography, click here

Khory McCormick – Australia

Partner, Minter Ellison. With roles in key arbitration and dispute resolution bodies and expertise recognition by independent legal publications, Khory McCormick is a market recognised expert. He heads Minter Ellison’s International Disputes (National)/Commercial Advisory and Dispute Resolution (Brisbane) Groups and is a National Board Member of Minter Ellison.

He is an Arbitrator (Grade 1), a Court Accredited Mediator with the National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (NADRAC), a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Adjunct Professor at Griffiths University and co-chair of the Information Exchange Sub-Committee of the International Committee for Dispute Resolution Division of the American Bar Association.

Sim Khadijah Mohammed – Singapore

Khadijah graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Faculty of Law in 2007 and was the winner of the Faculty’s Advocacy Cup in 2005. She went on to represent Singapore in the Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) Witness Examination Competition in Australia in 2005. In 2008, while taking the Singapore Bar Course, Khadijah was awarded the Singapore Law Society’s Prize for Best Student in Advocacy.

Khadijah currently practises with the Commercial Litigation Practice Group in Rajah & Tann LLP, the largest law firm in Singapore and South-East Asia [2], and has had experience in broad areas of practice including company and shareholder disputes, corporate insolvency, tenancy and land law disputes, employment law, defamation, professional negligence and other torts and contractual disputes.

While her primary passion lies in litigation and advocacy, Khadijah has also been accredited as an Associate Mediator by the Singapore Mediation Centre since 2008 and conducts mediations on a pro bono basis at the Primary Dispute Resolution Centre in the Subordinate Courts of Singapore. In 2009, Khadijah presented her paper ‘Do You Hear Me Clearly From Over There? (Communicating on Different Planes in Cross-Culture Mediations) at the inaugural Asian Mediation Association (AMA) Conference in Singapore. She has also been invited to conduct mediation workshops on cross-culture mediations for foreign delegates, organized by the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2010, Khadijah was formally appointed to the Panel of Associate Mediators of the Subordinate Courts of Singapore.

Since 2011, Khadijah has been actively involved in training, and is an instructor for the Legal Analysis, Writing and Research course conducted by the NUS Faculty of Law. She is also an advocacy trainer, as well as a mediation trainer for the Singapore Bar Course.

1. Information is accurate as at Nov 2011.
2. Asia Legal Business 2011 Report.

Alexander Oddy – UK

Alexander Oddy is a partner in the litigation and arbitration division of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Head of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). He has broad experience of all aspects of insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes and also handles products liability, professional negligence and commercial disputes. He is a CEDR accredited mediator and led Herbert Smith Freehill’s internationally acclaimed research into corporate ADR use.

Dimitra K. Triantafyllou – Greece

Dimitra K. Triantafyllou, a JAMS Foundation Weinstein International Fellow 2011, is among mediation pioneers in Greece and an international mediator, ADR neutral and deal facilitator. Under this capacity has been appointed by the Hellenic Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights (MoJ) as an expert in order to contribute in the formation of relevant segments of the Greek legal framework on mediation.

She is a Civil & Commercial mediator and family mediator, a mediation trainer, an international ADR neutral and a practicing lawyer in Greece in the field of corporate, business and commercial law with graduate studies in South Eastern European Region.

She has been accredited with ADRgroup (UK) and Toolkit Company (NL) and is also ACB credentialed (NL). Her further trainings in mediation, negotiation, decision making, DR systems designing and in the field of conflict and crisis management & prevention have taken place in various institutions in Europe (SSR-NL, ISBM-AT, UoM-GR, Centre for Mediation and Law- RU) and the USA (JAMS, Harvard’s Law School trainings, on Mediation and Basic and Advanced Negotiation, UC Hastings College of the Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law).

She seats as a member (December 2011-present) at the National Mediators Accreditation Committee of Hellenic Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights, an independent national regulatory body that accredits mediators, monitors and regulates mediators’ and mediation providers’ services as well as authorizes and approves mediation training providers and mediation training programs in Greece.

She is also a liaison member between the International Committee and the Membership Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section of American Bar Association.

She is a member of the International Mediation Institute’s (IMI’s) Task Force for Advocacy Mediation.

She publishes often articles and has contributed as an author in various publications on the ADR field, has worked as a researcher within the framework of projects funded by the European Commission and participates often in international conferences, events, trainings, workshops and projects (in Europe, the USA and Asia) as a Greek MoJ delegate, speaker, lecturer, trainer and international ADR expert.