Ethics Committee

The IMI Ethics committee was convened in 2014 to review the existing IMI Code of Professional Conduct and create a new Code of Professional Conduct for Mediation Providers.

Ellen Waldman

Ellen Waldman has been active in the fields of mediation and medical ethics for over two decades. Waldman founded and directs the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Mediation Program , where she is also a full-time faculty member. She has trained and/or consulted for a variety of institutions in the area of dispute resolution and ethics, including health-care providers, government agencies and for-profit service organizations. Waldman is the former co-chair of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section’s committee on health care, member of the Section’s ethics committee and member of the California judicial council’s working-group on training requirements for court-connected mediators. A prolific author, Waldman has published more than 25 articles on numerous dispute resolution topics and has authored one of the only existing texts on ethics in mediation entitled Mediation Ethics: Cases and Commentaries (2011).

John Brand

John is an ex-director and consultant ADR specialist at Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys. He has BA and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand and is also a director of Conflict Dynamics cc. He is a member of the advisory Board of the African Centre for Dispute Settlement at Stellenbosch University and is a member of the Executive Committee of the South African National Dispute Resolution Practitioner’s Council. John also serves as a member on the International Mediation Institute's Independent Standards Commission. He specialises in dispute resolution and the training of negotiators, mediators and arbitrators and is a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR UK) accredited mediator. He co-designed the conciliation and arbitration induction training for the CCMA and has trained many of South Africa’s employment and commercial mediators and arbitrators for the past 15 years. He was a member of the International Labour Organisation’s team of international experts appointed to design mediation training for developing countries and he regularly trains mediators from countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and South America. The International Labour Organisation has also commissioned John to design training material and to train parties and trainers from countries across the world in mutual gain negotiation. This training material has been translated into French, Portuguese and Arabic and is used extensively throughout the world. He has written extensively in journals and other publications and recently co-authored the Second Edition of “Labour Dispute Resolution” and the First Edition of "Commercial Mediation - A User's Guide" published by Juta.

Kenneth Cloke

Kenneth Cloke is Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution and a mediator, arbitrator, facilitator, coach, consultant, and trainer, specializing in communication, negotiation, and resolving complex multi-party disputes, including marital, divorce, family, community, grievance and workplace disputes, collective bargaining negotiations, organizational and school conflicts, sexual harassment, discrimination, and public policy disputes; and designing preventative conflict resolution systems. He is a nationally recognized speaker and author of Mediation: Revenge and the Magic of Forgiveness; Mediating Dangerously: The Frontiers of Conflict Resolution; The Crossroads of Conflict: A Journey into the Heart of Dispute Resolution; ; Conflict Revolution: Mediating Evil, War, Injustice, and Terrorism; and The Dance of Opposites: Explorations in Mediation, Dialogue and Conflict Resolution Systems Design. He is co-author with Joan Goldsmith of Thank God It’s Monday! 14 Values We Need to Humanize the Way We Work; Resolving Personal and Organizational Conflict; The End of Management and the Rise of Organizational Democracy; The Art of Waking People Up: Cultivating Awareness and Authenticity at Work; and Resolving Conflicts At Work: Ten Strategies For Everyone On The Job (1st-3rd Editions). His facilitation, coaching, consulting, and training practice includes work with leaders of public, private and non-profit organizations on effective communications, dialogue, collaborative negotiation, relationship and team building, conflict resolution, leadership development, strategic planning, designing systems, and organizational change. His university teaching includes mediation, law, history, political science, conflict studies, urban studies, and other social sciences at a number of colleges and universities including Southwestern University School of Law, Antioch University, Occidental College, USC and UCLA. He is or has recently been an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law; Southern Methodist University; Global Negotiation Insight Institute at Harvard Law School and Omega Institute; Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Cape Cod Institute; University of Amsterdam ADR Institute; Saybrook University; Massey University (New Zealand). He has done conflict resolution work in Austria, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, England, Georgia, Greece, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Slovenia, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, USSR, and Zimbabwe. He is founder and first President of Mediators Beyond Borders. He served as an Administrative Law Judge for the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board and the Public Employment Relations Board, a Factfinder for the Public Employment Relations Board, and a Judge Pro Tem for the Superior Court of Los Angeles. He has been an Arbitrator and Mediator for over thirty three years in labor management disputes, and is a member of a number of arbitration panels. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley; J.D. from U.C. Berkeley’s Boalt Law School; Ph.D. from U.C.L.A.; LLM from U.C.L.A. Law School; and did post-doctoral work at Yale University School of Law. He is a graduate of the National Judicial College and has taken graduate level courses in a variety of subjects.

Leonardo D'Urso

Leonardo D’Urso, is the Co-Founder and CEO of ADR Center, a leading mediation provider in Europe based in Italy. He coordinates the management of ADR Center’s 17 Resolution Center’s in the major Italian cities and oversees the quality control of their operations. He has conducted hundreds of commercial and civil mediations in Italy and abroad. Among the main projects he carried out during the expansion of ADR Center, he developed the first multilingual platform on Cloud for lawyers in order to easily manage from different devices all documents related to a mediation and arbitration procedure. He regularly conducts basic and advanced training in Mediation Techniques for mediators and Negotiations Strategies for corporate clients. Leonardo has 15 years of experience in successfully managing complex projects funded by international donors in Africa, Europe, Middle East and Central America. In particular he has been a senior ADR expert in projects in Afghanistan, Nigeria, Barbados and all Eu and North African countries. He is author of many publications in the field of mediation and negotiation and co-author of the best selling Italian mediation manual: Manuale del Mediatore Professionista. He has been awarded, together with Giuseppe De Palo, the 2012 CPR Award Reward for Outstanding Practical Achievement from the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute). He holds an MBA in International Business at Thunderbird School of Global Management - Phoenix, AZ, U.S.A. and an Economic Degree in Italy.

Margaret Halsmith

Margaret Halsmith is the Principal of her Perth practice, Halsmith Dispute Resolution. After twenty years Margaret Halsmith of mediation practice she now focuses on providing Professional Development for newly accredited and for experienced mediators and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners. She has academic qualifications in psychology and education and is accredited according to the national Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS) and the International Mediation Institute (IMI) as well as being a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. Her main mediation practice areas are interpersonal and relationships; family and extended family; community and government; business and commercial. Margaret is the Australasian Chair of Resolution Institute, created in 2015 by the integration of LEADR and IAMA; LEADR and LEADR NZ having integrated in 2013. She has held the position of Chair since 2007. Margaret is also active in the International Mediation Institute where she is a Vice Chair and Chair Elect of the Independent Standards Commission as well as being a member of the executive of a number of Western Australian, Australian and International ADR organisations. Margaret’s ADR interests include the language of mediation; apologies in mediation and excellence in mediation. Choice of language is the topic of her chapter ‘Civic dialogue-leading respectful conversations’ in So you want to be a leader? edited by Philip Crisp. With Professors Robyn Carroll and Alfred Allan, Margaret is co-author of ‘Apologies, Mediation and the Law: Resolution of Civil Disputes’ (in press). Her paper ‘Excellence and the importance of excellence in mediation’ was presented at the Romanian Mediation Excellence Gala in April 2016. Her Twitter account is dedicated to conceptualising mediation on the basis that excellence in practice flows in part from a continually deepening understanding of mediation. Margaret anticipates the next decade of mediation in particular, and ADR in general, with enthusiasm and curiosity.

Anil Xavier

Anil Xavier is a Grade-A Mediator empanelled with the Indian Institute of Arbitration & Mediation, with experience in handling major negotiations and mediations. He is a Charter Member and currently the President of Indian Institute of Arbitration & Mediation. Xavier is a Charter Member and Vice-President of India International ADR Association and also a Charter Member and the Secretary-General of the Mediator's Council of India. Xavier is a practising lawyer in India for more than 23 years of experience in litigation, arbitration and mediation. His expertise areas are corporate, commercial, business, contracts, company, real estate and arbitration matters

Michal Alberstein

Michal Alberstein, SJD Harvard University; LLB, BA, Tel-Aviv University; is currently an associate professor at The Faculty of Law, Bar-Ilan University, Israel. She is also the head of the conflict management and negotiation graduate program at Bar Ilan University, and the co-editor of The International Journal of Conflict Engagement and Resolution. (IJCER).She teaches jurisprudence and conflict resolution. Her current research deals with theories of law and conflict resolution and their intellectual roots; multiculturalism and its relation to negotiation and mediation; representations of conflict resolution in literature and film; trauma and memory: medical, legal and cultural perspectives. She is the co-editor (together with Nadav Davidovitch and Austin Sarat) of the book Trauma and Memory: Reading, Healing and Making Law which deals with collective trauma and the legal and medical professions, by Stanford University Press. Her book, Pragmatism and Law: From Philosophy to Disputes Resolution (UK 2002), deals with the intellectual roots of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Her Book in Hebrew Jurisprudence of Mediation (Torat Hagishur) deals with the intersection of theories of law and mediation, and discusses resistance to the ADR movement through reference to notions of justice and rights.

Lola Akin Ojelabi

Dr Lola Akin Ojelabi (Senior Lecturer, School of Law, La Trobe University, Australia) is a nationally accredited mediator (NMAS) and conducts mediations at the Dispute Settlement Centre Victoria, Australia. Lola has researched extensively in the field of ADR, particularly focusing on culture and alternative dispute resolution processes; alternative dispute resolution and access to justice; and ethics and justice in mediation. Her research projects have included evaluation of the Broadmeadows Family Relationship Centre focusing on cultural appropriateness and family violence issues in dispute resolution; the use of ADR by Community Legal Centres as a means of improving access to justice; justice quality and accountability in mediation practice.