IMI Executive Director, Attorney at Law, Mediator, and Public Policy Consultant.

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Ivana Ninčić Österle is the Executive Director of IMI, responsible for the day-to-day management of the Foundation, under the direction and supervision of the Board of Directors. She is a lawyer, mediator and public policy consultant for judicial reform, specializing in mediation and judicial efficiency. She is passionate about mediation and mediation system design, the spread of which she hopes will foster more happy and resilient communities and societies. 

Aside from developing her own mediation practice, since 2013 she has been engaged on various donor funded projects supporting the Ministry of Justice of Serbia in EU integration, within which she has worked on devising a more sustainable mediation system as well as on active promotion of mediation. 

Ivana is Serbian and Canadian, currently living and working between Serbia and Austria.   

Ivana began her legal career in 2009 in a commercial law office in Belgrade, Serbia. Since 2013 she has been engaged on various donor funded projects supporting the Ministry of Justice of Serbia in EU integration, within which she has worked on devising a more sustainable mediation system as well as on active promotion of mediation. 

In the period 2014-2020 Ivana has served as a (deputy) member of the European Commission for Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ), CEPEJ national correspondent and member of the CEPEJ Working Group on the Evaluation of Judicial Systems.

 

  • Intervention on behalf of four Western Balkan states - Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and the Republic of Serbia at the “Gender, Trade and COVID-19” virtual panel, organised by UNCITRAL, in partnership with UN Women, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-TtcbdUWWk&feature=emb_title;
  • “General Principles of the New Serbian Mediation Legal Framework and the Singapore Convention”, delivered at the Annual Conference of Serbian Commercial Courts, September 2019, Serbia;
  • “Principles of Mediation and the New Serbian Mediation Legal Framework”, lecture  delivered at the Conference of the Association of Banks of Serbia, October 2019;
  • Advantages of Mediation and International Reforms Aimed at the Development of Mediation” presentation delivered at the First International Legal Forum "Tashkent Law Spring", April 25-27, 2019, upon the invitation of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Uzbekistan, supported by  United Nations Development Programme in Uzbekistan;
  • “Mediation in the Financial Sector”, Lecture at the Conference of the Association of Banks of Serbia, March 2019: https://www.mpravde.gov.rs/tekst/23570/medijacija-u-finansijskom-sektoru.php;
  • “How Can the Regulatory Framework Influence the Quality of Mediation?” Presentation delivered with the EBRD Conference “Mediation as a Dispute Prevention and Resolution Mechanism”, 11 May 2018, Belgrade, Serbia;
  • Presentation on the “Mediation System of Serbia” at the Kick-off event “SEE Network of Associations of Mediators” in Bled, Slovenia, 7-8 June 2016: http://www.mdtfjss.org.rs/en/mdtf_activities/2016/presentation-on-serbian-mediation-system-and-legal-framework-from-kick-off-event-see-network-of-associations-of-mediators-bled-7-8-june-2016#.WZyJ0SgjHic
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Ethics Committee
Executive Director (part-time)
International Mediation Institute
Netherlands
English, Serbian
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