The revised IMI Code of Professional Conduct is published on the IMI website.
The Code was reviewed at length by the Ethics Committee of the IMI Independent Standards Commission (ISC) led by Ellen Waldman, Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law (USA) and Author of Mediation Ethics: Cases and Commentaries and comprising John Brand, Bowman Gillfilan, South Africa; Kenneth Cloke, Center for Dispute Resolution, USA; Leonardo D’Urso, ADR Center, Italy; Anil Xavier, IIAM, India; Michal Alberstein, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and Lola Akin Ojelabi, La Trobe University, Australia.
The committee was aiming to produce a document that was clear, concrete and accessible. It sought to capture the consensus view regarding the values underlying ethical mediation practice and shied away from language and concepts that may not be sufficiently well-understood among the general practitioner population.
Each committee member was cognizant that mediation takes place in a wide variety of contexts and that many practitioners must comply with a complex array of legal requirements and restrictions. The Ethics Committee members tried to be sensitive to these constraints, while moving the ethical goalposts forward toward more reflective, thoughtful practice.