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

Mr. William K. Slate II is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Arbitration Association. The AAA is the largest dispute resolution organization in the world. He is the former President of the Justice Research Institute; the former 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 is 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 wa