IMI Advisory Council

The IMI Advisory Council comprises several of the world’s most prominent proponents of ADR and negotiation. The Advisory Council has a review, advisory and enabling function to help guide the IMI mission.


The Rt Hon Lord Woolf


The Rt Hon Lord Woolf is Chairman of the Advisory Council. Lord Woolf was called to the Bar in 1955 and in 1974 was appointed first Treasury Counsel (Common Law). He was appointed to the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court of Justice in 1979, became Lord Justice of Appeal in 1986 and a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in 1992. From 1996 until 2000 he was Master of the Rolls and from 2000 to 2005 he served as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. He was named in The Times Law 100 2009 listing the most influential lawyers in Britain.

Sheikha Haya Rashed Al-Khalifa

Sheikha Haya Rashed Al-Khalifa is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution, an independent institution established to provide a world-class international ADR Centre of excellence to international and local commercial and governmental users contracting in the Gulf and beyond.

Professor Tommy Koh

Professor Tommy Koh is currently the Ambassador-At-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Director, Institute of Policy Studies and Chairman of the National Heritage Board.

William K Slate II

The late Mr. William K. Slate II was the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Arbitration Association. The AAA is the largest dispute resolution organization in the world. He was the President of the Justice Research Institute; a Director of a Congressionally mandated seminal study of Federal Courts in America; and the first-ever consultant to the senior staff of the Supreme Court of the United States on strategic planning. He conceived and founded CAMCA (The commercial Arbitration and Mediation Center for the Americas) for the resolution of private party commercial disputes under the NAFTA accords. He was a founder of the International Mediation Institute.

William Ury

Professor William L. Ury co-founded Harvard’s Program on Negotiation and is currently a Senior Fellow of the Harvard Negotiation Project. Trained as a social anthropologist, with a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Harvard, Professor Ury has served as a negotiation adviser and mediator in conflicts ranging from corporate mergers to wildcat strikes in a Kentucky coal mine to ethnic wars in the Middle East, the Balkans, and the former Soviet Union.

John “Jay” Welsh

John “Jay” Welsh is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of JAMS. He has played a prominent role in the growth of alternative dispute resolution since 1991. As General Counsel of JAMS, he oversees all legal matters, panel quality, risk management, and ethics.

Aleš Zalar

Aleš Zalar was born on 22 October 1961. He graduated in law. From 1989 to 2008 he was a judge. At the end of his career as a judge he was a Senior District Court Judge. From 1991 to 2007 he was the President of the Basic Court in Ljubljana and later the District Court in Ljubljana. He was then the EU’s legal consultant for EU law with the Romanian Supreme Court and for mediation with the Croatian Ministry of Justice.

IMI Advisory Council Role Statement

IMI is a charitable foundation with a public benefit mission. The primary role of the Advisory Council is to enhance IMI’s integrity, objectivity and effectiveness.

The Advisory Council is one of the statutory governing bodies of IMI formed under the Foundation’s Articles of Association. The Advisory Council comprises a number of internationally-recognizable figures in the fields of mediation and negotiation who are independent of the members of the Board of Directors.

The Advisory Council has access to all deliberations of the Board of Directors through a private section of the IMI web portal. This includes all relevant materials which the IMI Board generates, or has access to, including prospectuses and plans, minutes of Board meetings, the Executive Director’s monthly reports to the Board and periodic financial summaries, including audit reports.

The Advisory Council will meet as often as it deems necessary. Meetings may be held in person or by telephone, and either with or without the attendance of members of the Board of Directors.

The Advisory Council has review, advisory and enabling functions:

Strategic Review

The Advisory Council reviews IMI’s activities and plans and offers comments on:

  • Proposed changes to the Articles of Association or structure of IMI
  • Specific activities and initiatives
  •  Plans and Reports

The Advisory Council may express its comments directly to the IMI Board and on the IMI web portal and elsewhere as it deems appropriate.


The Advisory Council is a forum for enabling the Board to seek independent and informed advice and guidance on key issues and priorities relating to IMI’s philosophy, policy, overall strategic direction, individual initiatives, practices and development.


The Advisory Council may assist IMI in other ways consistent with its role.

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