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Gracious Timothy Dunna

Experienced in international & domestic dispute resolution. Skilled in consensual processes. Academically strong, with an LLM in international arbitration from Pepperdine Law.

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Mediation Profile

I find consensual dispute resolution to be remarkable. It's simple and yet even the most complex puzzles fall into place. On every occasion that I've experienced it, I have further encountered its strengths, efficacy, and its spirit to resolve differences.

The thought that "problems that exist today cannot be solved by the same thinking that created them" is enlightening in comprehending the true role of a mediator; it's about giving confidence to the parties to think outside their closed confinements. To be a mediator who accepts the responsibility to initiate a dialogue between the parties and encouraging them to an amicable settlement is a brilliant experience any day. In the words of Lord Mustill, "we have now lost the culture of compromise." Mediation is an effort to re-ignite the culture of compromise and peaceful resolution of dispute. It is seen as a pragmatic and workable alternative. In the sphere of ADR, the winds of history are with traditional arbitration. But, the winds are a- changing. Mediation is definitely in the forefront of dispute resolution methods.

Advocate (Qualified in India) | Accredited Mediator

Sr. No.

Domestic/ International

Description of Parties

Number of Mediation Sessions

Appearing as Mediator or Mediation Advocate

Institutional or Ad Hoc (Clause) or Court Annexed


Description of the Dispute/ Subject Matter

On-Going or Concluded


International Mediation (Cross Border and Cross Cultural Mediation)

Nigerian Party (Requesting) and an Indian Party


Co-Mediator with Mr. Anil Xavier

Institutional Mediation at the Indian Institute of Arbitration and Mediation (Co-mediation)

Dispute arising out of a Supply Agreement over the quality of goods supplied and the delivery of goods supplied



Domestic Mediation

Builder and 16 Land Owners


Mediation Advocate

Mediator – Sr. Adv. Sriram Panchu

Court Annexed Mediation (High Court of Madras)

Dispute arising out of a land development agreement with respect to post-termination settlements amounts and interest applicable



Domestic Mediation

Between two siblings (Family matter where both siblings are living abroad in different countries)


Mediation Advocate

Court Annexed Mediation (High Court of Madras)

Dispute concerning the division of inherited property between the siblings – working of inventories and splitting the inherited property between the two parties

Representation Withdrawn


International Mediation

Japanese Company and an Indian Construction Company (Requesting Party)


Mediation Advocate

Mediator – Dr. C. N Srinivasan (CRN Architects)

The Construction Contract required the appointment of the Architect as the Mediator (Dispute Resolution Clause)

The dispute arises out of a construction contract where the Employer was unhappy with the quality of the construction, and therefore, refused to make payments


Ambassador, Young Mediators' Initiative
Co-Founder, The PACT (India)
Former Co-Chair, IBA-VIAC CDRC (Vienna) Young Global Ambassadors Program
Member, Young ICCA
Member, Young MCIA (India)
Member, ICC Young Arbitrators Forum

Email: [email protected]
Phone: +91 70423 77468


1. Anil Xavier (India)
Advocate | President, Indian Institute of Arbitration and Mediation

2. Paul Mason (U.S. | Brazil)
International Arbitration and Mediator

3. Edna Sussman (U.S.)
International Arbitrator and Mediator

4. Prof. Thomas Stipanowich (U.S.)
Dean, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (Pepperdine University School of Law)

Training and Education

Indian Institute of Arbitration and Mediation (IIAM)
Grade-B Accredited Mediator enlisted at IIAM.
For more information on the Mediation Training Programme:

Prague Summer Mediation Academy (PSMA), Charles University in Prague
Completed Training in Cross-Border Mediation
Awarded Charles IV Scholarship



Gracious Timothy Dunna & Jonathan Rodrigues, Court-Annexed Mediation in India, in Court Annexed Mediation: Successes, Challenges and Possibilities (Wesahl Domingo & Ali Chicktay eds., 2018) (Due in 2018)

Allison Malkin & D. Gracious Timothy, Commercial Mediation: An Evolving Frontier of Alternative Dispute Resolution in India, in Alternative Dispute Resolution: The Indian Perspective (Shashank Garg ed., 2018)


Supreme Court in Centrotrade 2016: Too Quick to Nod at the Validity of the Two-Tier Arbitration Clause, 14 Asian International Arbitration Journal 1 (2018)

Introducing “Public Policy” to Enforcement of Foreign Judgments: Lessons from the Law of Arbitration 2 Transnational Dispute Management Journal (2018)

Recognition & Enforcement of Interim Measures Under the Indian Arbitration Amendment Act of 2015, 2 Salgaocar Law Review 24 (2017)

Prospective Applicability of Section 34 under the Arbitration Amendment Act, 2015, 2 National Law School Business Law Review 30 (2016)

The Conundrum Underlying Section 26 of the Arbitration Amendment Act, 2015: Prospective or Retrospective? 5(1) Indian Journal of Arbitration Law 205 (2016)

The Final Chapter to the Public Policy Saga: The Arbitration Amendment Act of 2015?, 19(2) International Arbitration Law Review 56 (2016)

The Workability of Emergency Arbitrators in India: A Flawed Emergence, 19 Young Arbitration Review 55 (2015)


Dealing with Bad Connections, Inside-Out and Outside-In (; Why Do We Need a Mediation Law? Mediation & Conciliation Are the Same Things, Right? (Live Law); Are We Missing the Point? A Young Mediator’s Perspective About Mediation in India (Kluwer Mediation); UNCITRAL Convention On Enforceability Of Settlement Agreements (; Downside Of Arb-Med-Arb Procedures (; Investor-State Mediation in India (

Timothy Dunna
Gracious Timothy Dunna
Advocate & Mediator
New Delhi
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