How Mediation Can Deliver Results in International Disputes

International Mediation Institute and the Florence Chamber of Commerce are pleased to invite you to a stimulating conference on international mediation, to be held in the beautiful city of Florence:


How Mediation Can Deliver Results in International Disputes

29 May, 2015, 9.00 am – 1.30 pm
Palazzo Vecchio, Salone dei Cinquecento, Florence, Italy

The conference will bring together leading users of mediation, educationalists, mediators and representatives of mediation organisations from around the world who will be participating in panel discussions on using mediation, creating a mediation culture in challenging places, becoming a successful mediator and achieving a good result anywhere in the world!

This exciting conference is organised by International Mediation Institute (IMI), the Florence International Mediation Chamber (FIMC) and the Florence Chamber of Commerce (FCC), with the endorsement of the Florence Municipality. This conference is to be held in English and the agenda can be viewed here.

If you are in Florence or nearby on May 29, 2015, please do consider participating in these important discussions. The event is by invitation and there is no registration fee. However, it is important for us to know who is coming as places are limited. Therefore, we kindly ask you to let us know if you are planning to participate. For assistance with registration and if you have any questions, please email the organising committee at [email protected]

We hope that you will join us in Florence for this event.

To read Bennett G. Picker’s keynote speech from the Florence Conference, click here

Next Steps

2015-2016 Global Pound Conference Series

After the conference in Florence, IMI will focus on the Global Pound Conference Series 2015-2016.

The GPC Series is designed to take the lead in improving access to justice around the world by generating actionable data from all stakeholders in the dispute prevention and resolution fields to facilitative greater access to appropriate dispute resolution (“ADR”) processes worldwide.

A great deal of interest and enthusiasm was generated in October 2014 at the Convention on Shaping the Future of International Dispute Resolution, held at the London Guildhall. The convention was the first in a planned series of Global Pound Conferences to be held in multiple locations across the globe in 2015 and 2016, based on the original concept and legacy of the Pound Conference, which took place in St Paul, NM, USA in April 1976.

The London convention saw 150 delegates, from many stakeholder groups more than 20 countries, use individual voting and interactive technology to express their views on a number of key issues. The data that this convention generated suggested that several gaps may exist between what disputants need and what is offered by various players involved in the supply side of the market, such as advisors, provider bodies, mediators, arbitrators, adjudicators, educators and policy makers.

Regional GPC conferences are planned for Australasia, Asia, Europe, the African Sub-Continent, Latin America, the Middle East and North America.

We invite sponsors and partners and you can find more information in the Global Pound Conference prospectus, published on the IMI Portal at:

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