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Supporting Organisations

These organisations work together with IMI to advance the understanding and acceptance of mediation throughout the world. Their mediation panelists are required to be certified to the level of IMI Certification.

Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) (2014)

The Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) is an independent, not-for-profit institution officially launched in November 2014. SIMC provides world-class mediation services and products targeted at the needs of parties in cross-border commercial disputes, particularly those with business interests in Asia.

Hosting an experienced panel of international mediators drawn from Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe as well as North and South America, SIMC will offer, amongst other things, professional appointing authority and case management services under the SIMC Rules. Mediation at SIMC will come with the unique benefit of enforceability as settlement agreements may be made consent awards under an Arb-Med-Arb Protocol between the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and SIMC.

In order to ensure transparency and the highest quality of service the SIMC panel mediators are required to be certified by the Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI), which is linked to the International Mediation Institute (IMI).

SIMC website; SIMC panel

Florence International Mediation Chamber (FIMC) (2015)

FIMC is the international mediation service of the Florence Chamber of Commerce.

The Florence Chamber of Commerce has decades of experience in mediation and has decided to create his service purposely for individuals and companies that find themselves operating in an increasingly global market and wish to choose Florence as the site for the resolution of all current and future disputes.

Recognizing the complexity and difficulty that this type of service can present, the Chamber of Commerce has decided to offer a special quality guarantee by providing international mediators with high quality standards. For this purpose, according to FIMC rules all chartered mediators must be certified by institutions in the field of mediation who apply the assessment program and evaluation criteria whose standards are equivalent or superior to those provided by IMI (International Mediation Institute).

Fees include the use of the Chamber of Commerce mediation rooms, located in the heart of Florence, near Piazza della Signoria, offering an outstanding view of Palazzo Vecchio and other monuments.

In order to facilitate parties approaching to mediation, FIMC has worked from the very beginning to create a net with other institutions, and has signed two memoranda of understanding with American Arbitration Association/International Center for Dispute Resolution (AAA/ICDR) and SIMC (Singapore International Mediation Centre). The main purpose of these memoranda is to advance the understanding and acceptance of mediation throughout the world. In addition, parties who file a mediation request to SIMC can choose to hold the mediation meeting in Florence.

For its official launch, FIMC organized a Conference, “Succeeding through mediation”, on May 29th 2015, Palazzo Vecchio, Salone dei Cinquecento. For further information, see here

Regional Hubs

Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI)

SIMI is the premier independent professional standards body for mediation in Singapore and the region.

SIMI was incorporated on 15 July 2014 as a non profit organisation, with support from both the Ministry of Law as well as the National University of Singapore. SIMI is headed by an international Board of Directors with representatives from both mediation practitioners as well as corporate users of mediation.

SIMI works closely with IMI, and the former IMI Executive Director serves on the SIMI Board of Directors. SIMI offers a mediator credentialing scheme that coincides with IMI Certification. SIMI is located on the National University of Singapore (NUS) campus, and the Chair of the Board is Professor Joel Lee of the NUS.

IMI Brazil

The mission of the IMI-Brazil Hub Group is to increase understanding and acceptance of mediation, promote quality in mediation, develop a focal point and centre of excellence for mediation stakeholders in Brazil with the help of IMI enhancing its presence in Brazil.The objectives of the Brazil hub are to:

  • Build mediation locally, as part of a prestigious international organisation with strong international contacts;
  • Increase local demand for and knowledge about mediation, initially commercial mediation;
  • Act as a “think tank” to provide knowledge base of best mediation practices worldwide and locally
  • Create, establish and maintain a focal point for all stakeholders in mediation and coordinate/enhance communication among them.

The Group was established in 2013 and comprises 40 members representing different groups and organizations from São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Belo Horizonte, Brasília and Porto Alegre. Members include mediators, lawyers, academics, public attorneys’ offices, judiciary, private companies, mediation entities, bar associations, the Rio Olympics2016 and the Inter-American Development Bank. The group does not have a formal legal or financial structure.

The IMI-Brazil Hub Group recognizes the need for wider education of lawyers and others about what mediation actually is, and feels that the time is ripe to raise the profile of mediation, considering the downturn in the Brazilian economy and increased conflict in the public sector, as well as the enforcement of the very first Brazilian Mediation Law. Co-Coordinators of the group represented IMI with live testimony at Brazilian Senate hearings on the new Mediation Law in August 2013.

With the enactment of the new Brazil Mediation Law in 2015, a subgroup is preparing a research questionnaire on Knowledge and Use of Mediation by Brazilian Lawyers, to be coordinated with the IMI UNCITRAL Convention questionnaire. The hub also supports the proposed UNCITRAL convention on the recognition and enforcement of international settlement agreements achieved through mediation.

Annual ‘IMI Days’ are hosted by the group in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, where attendees participate in stimulating and inspiring discussions related to the development of mediation and the values and role of IMI.

Members of the group participated in the IMI Global Pound Conference, it supports the IMI Young Mediators Initiative (YMI), and has contributed Brazilian material to the IMI website.

Fernanda Levy, IMI Certified Mediator, led the Local Organizing Committee of the GPC São Paulo that took place in May 2017.