End of 2016 – Thank you message from the IMI Chair

It is time for reflection and looking forward as the year comes to a close and we get ready for the holiday season in my part of the world. There is much to celebrate from the viewpoint of the International Mediation Institute (IMI). To name a few – the Global Pound Conference (GPC) series was launched in the first quarter and is progressing quickly to engage stakeholders throughout the world; new Board members joined IMI, broadening our diversity; IMI published its 2016 Biennial Census Survey; talks continue in Working Group II to explore the adoption of an instrument to enforce mediation settlements for cross border disputes; and IMI established criteria for mediators resolving Investor State Disputes. Let’s celebrate these accomplishments.

The Global Pound Conference Series

The Series was launched in Singapore and since that time events were held in Lagos, Mexico City, New York City, Geneva, Toronto, and Madrid. In total 41 events have been planned in 31 countries. We promised a unique event to engage stakeholders in a modern conversation about the future of dispute management and resolution and we delivered through the hard work of many people on the ground. We started to collect information about what is being currently delivered to stakeholders, but more important, what they want in the future. In reviewing the information collected in very different locations, we find that there are many similarities in viewpoint. This intelligence will help shape the processes to meet stakeholder needs. We encourage you to review the reports from each event by going to: http://globalpoundconference.org/gpc-series-data/local-voting-results

In 2017 GPC events are planned in 35 cities so far. Please sign up for notifications about scheduled events at: http://www.globalpoundconference.org/conference-series/attend-a-gpc-series-event

Thank you to all of our Sponsors for making these events a reality. Special thanks for the Diamond Sponsors HSFand SIDRA and Platinum Sponsor PWC. A list of Sponsors and Sponsorship opportunities can be found at: http://globalpoundconference.org/supporters-(2)/global-sponsors

In order to continue the promise, we need you to engage users of dispute management and resolution processes to attend the events. Please invite your colleagues and clients.

We hope to see you at one or more of the GPC events.

The IMI Board

The IMI face-to-face Board meeting was held this year in London on May 23-24, 2016.

This year’s meeting marshalled the addition of Board members expanding our focus. Four new Board members were elected. They are:

Cyril Dumoulin – Senior Legal Counsel at Shell’s Global Litigation Department (Europe & Middle East North Africa).

Silvia Garrigo – Senior Of Counsel, Morrison, Foerster LLP.

Susanne Gropp-Stadler – Lead Counsel Litigation with Siemens AG.

Sriram Panchu – President of Indian Mediation Association.

We are grateful for the passion and energy of the Board members who retired in 2016 and plan to retire at the beginning of 2017:

Diana Wallis, Former Vice President of European Parliament.

Doug McKay, Vice President of International Organisations at Shell International.

Shawn Conway, Managing Partner of the law firm Conway & Partners, Advocaten & Attorneys-at-law, based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Ute A. Joas Quinn, Associate General Counsel at Hess Services UK Ltd. ADR and community grievance mechanisms in legal upstream operations in Europe, Middle East and North Africa.

2016 International Mediation and ADR Survey

The results of the IMI 2016 International Mediation and ADR Survey are now published on the IMI Portal: https://imimediation.org/imi-2016-biennial-census-survey-results

815 participants completed this census survey, including mediation users, mediators, advisors, educators, students, providers and other stakeholders. The survey was designed to gather census data as well as views about Mediation and ADR awareness.

As IMI approaches its 10th anniversary, this information (and the many additional written comments submitted with this survey as well as the data collected through the GPC) will help us to prioritise efforts to raise the profile of mediation and ADR around the world.

We very much appreciate the time and participation of all survey respondents as well as the tireless work of Ute. A. Joas Quinn and the volunteers who were part of the IMI Survey Taskforce – Khory McCormick (Australia), M.Salman Ravala (USA) and Christiane Rosenbaum (USA-Germany).

Enforcing Cross Border Commercial Mediation Settlements

UNCITRAL’s Working Group II has been exploring whether to adopt an instrument to enforce cross border commercial mediation settlement agreements. IMI participates in the deliberations by providing information and intelligence about how the mediation process works and why mediation users need such an instrument. The dialogue has been vigorous and we see that much more work needs to be accomplished before a decision is made. The next meeting is scheduled at the United Nations in New York City February 6-10.

We are conducting a survey to explore the views of businesses on whether and how cross-border settlements reached through mediation can be enforceable around the world. Delegates to the UNCITRAL Working Group II meetings are interested in this input to help them make informed decisions in their work on a proposed instrument by having direct input from parties involved in cross-border disputes. We reach out to you and/or your business colleagues and clients to express the views and share experiences by participating in this short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IMI-Enforceability-Survey-for-UNCITRAL

Please encourage other business users of dispute resolution services to complete the survey by sending them the link. In order to obtain a purely commercial viewpoint, the survey should be completed only by in-house business attorneys or executives, not their advisers or other third parties.

We very much appreciate your help and look forward to hearing from you.

Investor State Competency Criteria

In September, IMI announced the establishment of Investor State Mediator competency criteria – see: https://imimediation.org/imi-introduces-competency-criteria-for-investor-state-mediators

The aim of the criteria is to assist parties, institutions, designating authorities and other appointing bodies in selecting competent and suitable mediators/co-mediators, to assist the resolution of disputes between private sector entities and States, by creating or developing criteria that can help inform and guide their choices.

The IMI Criteria will be piloted by relevant organisations and practitioners involved in investor-state dispute resolution and reviewed in 2017. The Task Force will be working with the pilot programs, investors and States to promote the use of mediation in Investor-State disputes and negotiations with the help of the newly developed Criteria.

IMI Growth

During the last decade IMI grew steadily by creating a cadre of competent and experienced mediators and bringing transparency and awareness to the mediation process.

Today there are 475 IMI Certified mediators in Africa (Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya), Asia (China, HK, India, Malaysia, Singapore), Australia and New Zealand, Europe (Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, Russia), Latin America (Brazil, Colombia, Mexico), North America (Canada, US), and Israel. Demographically by gender, 64% are male and 36% are female.

IMI approved 40 Qualifying Assessment Programs in 22 countries including Albania, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Denmark, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal/Brasil, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, and the United States.

Young Mediators Initiative (YMI) includes 106 members from Andorra, Egypt, Hong Kong, Malaysia, India, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Spain, UK, Argentina, Venezuela, Canada, US, Colombia; and 18 active YMI Mentors are from Belgium, Canada, France, Hungary, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, The Netherlands, UK and the US.

In closing, 2017 will prove to be an even more active year. We expect that the information collected through the Global Pound Conference coupled with the 2016 Census Survey will form the base to set a strategy for improving access to justice and developing the dispute resolution field and of course the future of IMI and our community.

Thank you for being part of this historic review and for your support of IMI. We welcome your ideas and suggestions – so please keep them coming.

All of us associated with IMI wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017.

Warm regards,

Deborah Masucci
Chair of the Board
International Mediation Institute
[email protected]

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New Qualifying Assessment Program from USA Approved

IMI is pleased to announced that the Qualifying Assessment Program (QAP) of The Institute for Dispute Resolution (IDR) at New Jersey City University has been approved by the IMI Independent Standards Commission.

Accordingly, this institution is empowered to assess and qualify mediators for IMI Certification.

For further details on the IDR QAP, please visit:

For further details on IMI Qualifying Assessment Programs, please visit:

Find a Qualifying Assessment Program

Becoming an IMI Qualifying Assessment Program (QAP)

For more information on the QAP process, we invite you to visit the ‘Apply to become a Qualifying Assessment Program‘ page on our website.

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Invitation to IMI Day in Zagreb, Croatia

Wednesday November 16, 2016

Following a very successful and inspiring IMI Day in Paris, kindly hosted by ICC, we would like to invite you to the IMI Day in Zagreb on November 16, 2016, if you are in the area or have the possibility to attend.

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 11:00 – 13:30
VENUE:  Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts (HOK), Conference Hall „Velika dvorana”, Ilica 49/II, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia

Members of the IMI Community and those interested in the work of IMI will have an opportunity to find out about IMI, the values & role, current activities and recent developments in UNCITRAL work on the enforcement instrument for mediated settlement agreements and The Global Pound Conference Series 2016-17.

IMI Day is by invitation and we kindly ask that you RSVP to this invitation with your name and/or the name of your guest(s) by email to [email protected] and please do indicate if there are any issues you would like to discuss at the meeting.

The Court of Honour and Mediation Center of Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts (HOK) is kindly hosting IMI Day at HOK following the 7th International Conference “Alternative Dispute Resolution – Cooperation between Public Administration and the Judiciary with Economic Sector” (invitation below), to be held on the 15th November 2016, at the same location. IMI Certified Mediators & Mediation Advocates/Advisors and members of the IMI Community will benefit from the lower conference registration fee for this event.

If you have the opportunity to join us, we would be delighted to see you in Zagreb. We will keep you informed of future IMI Days and other IMI events.

Irena Vanenkova and Emma Ewart
International Mediation Institute (IMI)


Invitation to the 7th International Conference on ADR below:

Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts (CCTC) is pleased to announce: 
The 7th International Conference
“Alternative Dispute Resolution – Cooperation between the Public Administration 
and the Judiciary with the Economic Sector“
which will take place in Zagreb, Croatia on the 15th and 16th of November 2016

The main goal of the 7th International Conference is to increase the level of awareness among the general public and stakeholders about the importance of the efficient public administration and the judiciary for a healthy, investment-driven and competitive business climate. Moreover, efficient public administration and judiciary are a condition sine qua non for the wellbeing of every economy. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as the out-of-court way of resolving disputes is a tool by which entrepreneurs can avoid excessive administrative barriers and can have an alternative to otherwise lengthy and expensive judicial proceedings. Use of ADR is especially important for members of the CCTC, tradesmen and craftsmen, just like for all SMEs, especially in cross-border disputes.

The CCTC has already successfully organized six international conferences on the topic of alternative dispute resolution in relation to the cooperation between the judiciary and the economy. The first conference was held in 2010 under the high auspices of the European Commission – DG Justice, CEPEJ, Council of Europe, and Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Croatia.

This year’s Conference will be held under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.

Just like in the years before, various experts from Croatia and abroad (in particular, Luxembourg, Greece, Austria, Slovakia, Montenegro and the Netherlands) will be presenting the latest news from the world of mediation and how mediation functions in their respective countries.

International Mediation Institute (IMI) will be presenting at the conference, and on the second day of the conference the CCTC will be hosting IMI Day.

Please find the program of the Conference and registration pages at:


Yours sincerely,

Dragutin Ranogajec v.r.
President of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts

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IMI Days in Brazil

Dear Colleagues,

Following the tradition of having IMI Days in different countries, the IMI Support Group in Brazil are delighted to invite those of you who will be in São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro during May and September to meet and learn about the International Mediation Institute.

May 16th 17:00 – 18:30,  São PauloPacheco Neto, Sanden, Teisseire Advogados.
Alameda Franca, 1050, 11º andar – Jardins, São Paulo, SP +55 11 3897.4400.

May 23rd 18:00 – 20:00: Rio de Janeiro, CBMA – Rua Candelária, nº 9, Gr. 803, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 20091-904, CASA DO ADVOGADO OAB JABAQUARA, Rua Afonso Celso, 1200.

September 16th, 11:00 – 12: Belo HorizonteCongresso de Mediação e Conciliação da OAB/MG. OAB/MG – Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil – Seção Minas Gerais, Rua Albita, 260 – Cruzeiro, Belo Horizonte – MG, CEP 30310-160, Telefone (31)2102-5800.

The topics we will address are:

(i) IMI Mission and Structure in the world;
(ii) The current activities of IMI in Brazil and in the World, The Global Pound Conference;
(iii) Release of the study “mediation from the perspective of the Brazilian lawyer”; and
(iv) IMI Certification for Mediators and Mediation Advocates/Advisors – How does it work?

The meetings will be hosted by Andrea Maia in Rio de Janeiro, Fernanda Levy in São Paulo, Dulce Nascimento in Belo Horizonte, Paul Mason (online) and Ana Maria Maia Gonçalves and IMI Executive Director, Irena Vanenkova (online) in the different locations.

These meetings will follow the IMI meetings held in Brazil in 2014 and 2015 (Rio de Janeiro & São Paulo), and in New York, Paris and Singapore, where we had very stimulating and inspiring discussions related to the development of mediation and the values and role of IMI.

The leadership of IMI has no doubt of the important role of Brazil in the development of mediation in the world and that the next two meetings in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte will bring additional ideas adapted to the Brazilian context.

The meeting is by invitation only, but you are welcome to bring guests. Please RSVP with your name and the name and email address of your guests by email to [email protected], and indicate in the email if there are any questions you would like to ask, or any issues you would like to discuss at the meeting.

If you cannot be there in person we will try to arrange for participation via Skype or other videoconference service. Please do let us know if you need this service and we will let you know whether it will be possible.

With warm regards,

The Organizing Committee:

  • Andrea Maia
  • Paul Mason
  • Fernanda Levy
  • Ana Maria Maia Gonçalves
  • Dulce Nascimento

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