IMI Independent Standards Commission

The Independent Standards Commission establishes the criteria, standards and related materials for IMI Certification. Its members, who are all thought leaders in the mediation field in their own right, contribute their time and expertise in their personal capacities and their views are not necessarily representative of the organizations with which they are affiliated.

Role of the IMI Independent Standards Commission

The IMI Independent Standards Commission has been convened by IMI for several governance purposes:

  • Providing advanced thought leadership
  • Setting high competency standards for mediators
  • Reviewing and approving programmes to qualify mediators for IMI Certification
  • Ensuring continuing quality control of approved programmes
  • Monitoring the IMI Code of Professional Conduct
  • Appointing assessors to review Code of Professional Conduct complaints
  • Proposing and approving enhancements to IMI's Vision and Mission.
Members of the IMI Independent Standards Commission bring their expertise together into taskforces to work on IMI projects. 
To read the ISC Structure and Protocols, click here

Co-Chair Judith P. Meyer

Commercial Mediator;  Principal, JPMeyer Associates;  Fellow, the International Academy of Mediators and the American College of Civil Trial Mediators;  Settlement Judge Pro Tem for the Commercial Court of Philadelphia; Member of the mediator panels of AAA Mediation, Construction Dispute Resolution Systems, US-China Business Mediation Center and CPR Institute; Haverford, PA

Co-Chair Constantin-Adi Gavrilă

Director, Craiova Mediation Center;  Past President, Mediation Centers Union of Romania; Bucharest

Vice Chair Mark Appel

Independent, international Arbitrator, Mediator, Consultant, Trainer and Principal at Appel Dispute Resolution. He is Chair of the IMI Investor State Taskforce.

Vice Chair Margaret Halsmith

Chair of Resolution Institute (also known as LEADR & IAMA); Member ADRAC (Australian Dispute Resolution Advisory Council); Member Executive Committee EMAN (Elder Mediation Australasian Network); Mentor ‘So You Want To Be A Leader?’; Founding Member International Advisory Board ACDR (Afghanistan Centre for Commercial Dispute Resolution); Perth

Vice Chair Jeremy Lack

Representative of the Swiss Chamber of Commercial Mediation (Section Romande) (SCCM), Geneva (CH);  JAMS International Panelist; Co-Chair of the International Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA)'s Dispute Resolution Section (USA); Member of the Practices and Standards Committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) (UK); Geneva

Vice Chair Professor Ellen Waldman

Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego; Author and Editor, Mediation Ethics - Cases & Commentaries, 2011


Prof. Harold (Hal) Abramson

Professor of Law, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchberg Law Center; Author, Mediation Representation – Advocating as a Problem-Solver (in any country or culture).

Peter S. Adler, Ph.D

President, The Keystone Center; Author of Eye-of-the-Storm Leadership; trainer in multi-party negotiation and problem-solving; Keystone, Colorado

Kehinde (Kenny) Aina

Co-Chair, African Mediation Association; Founder, The Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse and Negotiation & Conflict Management Group; Partner, Aina Blankson, LP; Lagos 

Professor Nadja Alexander

Editor, Global Trends in Mediation; Author, International & Comparative Mediation (2009); Professor of Conflict Resolution at Shue Yan University, Hong Kong;  Adjunct Professor of Law at Murdoch University, Australia; Honorary Research Fellow at University of Witwatersrand, South Africa 

Claude Amar

Secretary General, Académie de la Médiation; President, Institut Français de Certification des Mediateurs;  Paris 

Toe Su Aung

General Counsel AIT, British American Tobacco, London; Director and President, the International Trademark Association, New York, NY

Helena de Backer

Member, Belgian Federal Mediation Commission; Chair, UIA Mediation and Conflict Prevention Commission; Vice-Chair Brussels Business Mediation Center;  Founder, DS De Backer & Bastin; Brussels


Adolfo Braga Neto

Vice-Chair, National Council of Mediation and Arbitration Institutes of Brasil (CONIMA); Chairman of the Board, Brasilian Institute of Mediation & Arbitration (IMAB); member of the Steering Committee, World Mediation Forum; Mediator and Trainer; São Paulo

John Brand

Attorney and ADR specialist at Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys, South Africa, practicing CEDR accredited commercial and employment mediator, director of Conflict Dynamics cc, director of Tokiso Dispute Resolution (Pty) Ltd., member of the advisory Board of the African Centre for Dispute Settlement (ACDS), co-Chairperson of the African Mediation Association and co-author of "Labour Dispute Resolution" published by JUTAS; Johannesburg

Ramona Buck

Commissioner at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Washington, DC. Public Policy Director of the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO), Founding member and former Co-Chair of the Certification Committee at Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution, USA

Andrew Burr

Adjudicator, Arbitrator and Barrister, Atkin Chambers; Past Chairman, European Branch, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; General Editor, Construction Law Journal (Sweet & Maxwell); Assistant Editor, Delay and Disruption in Construction Contracts (Informa); London

Eileen Carroll

Commercial Mediator; Deputy Chief Executive, CEDR; CoAuthor, International Mediation - The Art of Business Diplomacy; London

Kenneth Cloke

President, Mediators Beyond Borders; Director, Center for Dispute Resolution; Mediator, trainer and lecturer; Author of many books including: Mediating Dangerously, Conflict Revolution and The Crossroads of Conflict; Santa Monica, California

Pascal Comvalius

Mediator, Erickson Mediation Institute, board member at the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM), QAP manager, USA.

Professor Dr. Renate Dendorfer

Director and Founder of the Business Mediation Program at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University; Member of the German Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Committee; Mediator, Mediation Trainer, Arbitrator and Partner of HEUSSEN Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Munich

Karen Erwin

President of The Mediators' Institute of Ireland and Council Member of the Irish Commercial Mediators Association; Founder & Principal, Erwin Mediation Services; Dublin

Ulrike Gamm

Mediator, organisational development consultant, trainer; founder and managing director of Konfliktkultur – Kulturkonflikt, Vienna; co- founder of the International Summer School on Business Mediation, Austria

Thierry Garby

President, Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) World Forum of Mediation Centres; Paris

Ewa Gmurzynska

Director, Center for American Law Studies at Warsaw University (program of University of Florida); Co-director and lecturer, Center for Amicable Dispute Resolution at Warsaw University Faculty of Law; Vice President, Council for ADR Dispute and Conflict Resoltution at the Polish Ministry of Justice; Mediator; Warsaw

Andrew Goodman

Barrister and Bencher of Inner Temple. Mediation and Mediation Advocacy Trainer, England & Wales Bar, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and ABA Rule of Law Program.  Convenor, SCMA - Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates. Author of over 40 books including "Mediation Advocacy" 2010.  FCIArb and CEDR Accredited Mediator (1993). London

Gigi de Groot

CEO, itim International (Institute for Training in Intercultural Management);  founding member, the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Sweden;  Stockholm

Professor Dwight Golann

Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School; Boston 

Rafael Guillermo Bernal Gutierrez

Director, Bogotá Chamber of Commerce Arbitration and Conciliation Centre

Sophie Henry 

General Manager, CMAP - Centre de Médiation et d'Arbitrage; Paris

Angela Herberholz

Champion and Founder of Young Mediators Initiative (YMI), Mediator, Intern at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, ADR department.

Christopher Honeyman

Mediator; Co-Editor of The Negotiator's Fieldbook; Managing Partner, Convenor Conflict Management; Madison WI & Washington DC

Anna Joubin-Bret

Partner, Foley Hoag, with a practice focus representing Sovereign States in international investment arbitrations.  Former Senior Legal Adviser in the Investment & Enterprise Division at UNCTAD advising Governments on international investment policies and management of investor-State disputes.  Former co-Chair of the IBA State Mediation Sub-Committee that prepared the 2012 IBA Rules for Investor-State Mediation;  Paris

Joanna Kalowski

International Mediator and Trainer;  Former Chair of LEADR;  Sydney

Professor Illhyung Lee

Edward W. Hinton Professor of Law & Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, University of Missouri, USA

Professor Joel Lee Tye Beng

Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore

Barton Legum

Partner, Dentons, and head of the firm's investment treaty arbitration practice with a focus representing companies in international investment arbitrations.  Former Chief of the NAFTA Arbitration Division at the US State Department.  Chair of the ABA Section of International Law.  Former co-Chair of the IBA State Mediation Sub-Committee that prepared the 2012 IBA Rules for Investor-State Mediation;  Paris.

Alan Limbury

International Mediator. Managing Director, Strategic Resolution, Sydney. Chair (2008 to 2010) of the Practice and Standards Committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and member of the Institute's Board of Management; Adjunct Professor (2009-2010) lecturing in Mediation of Commercial Disputes (postgraduate) University of Sydney; Chair of the Complaints Panel of the Australian Self-Medication Industry; former Chair of LEADR and of the Law Council of Australia's Dispute Resolution Committee.

Michael Lind

Chairman of LawStrategy, former managing director of ADR Group; leader of the innovative projects with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Institute of Charted Accountants in England and Wales, former President of the Bristol Law Society; UK

Alicia Lloreda

Member of the Board of Directors, International Trademark Association (INTA) and Chair of INTA's ADR Committee;  Partner, José Lloreda Camacho; Bogota

Rafael Lobo Niembro

Mexico Chair, Mediation Sub-Committee, US-Mexico Bar Association; Founding President, Mediation Association of Nuevo León; Vice President, Mexican ADR Association; Co-Director for Mexico of the USAID-ABA Project "Mediation in Mexico"; Mediator for The World Bank on Mexico and the Caribbean; Partner, DeForest Law Firm and Alinea Mediation Center and Conflict Resolution, Monterrey; Mexico

Ian Macduff

Practice Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Dispute Resolution, School of Law, Singapore Management University

William Marsh

Founder Member, Independent Mediators;  Director, Conflict Management International;  Former Executive Director, CEDR; London


Beatriz Martorello

Mediator registered in Argentina;  Chair of the Procedural and Civil Law Commission and Chair & Founder of the Mediation, Negotiation and Conciliation Center, Inter-American Bar Association (IABA);  Chief Attorney, Beatriz Martorello Law Firm;  Buenos Aires

David McCutcheon

Executive Board Member and Past President, ADR Institute of Canada Inc;  Partner, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP; Toronto

Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow

Professor of Dispute Resolution & Civil Procedure, Georgetown University Law Center; Washington DC 

Hon. Judge Jean A. Mirimanoff

Sectretary-General, Swiss Section, European Grouping of Judges for Mediation (GEMME); Geneva 

F. Peter Müller

Former President, European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA);  President of the Mediation Association of German Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys;  Member of the Council of the European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA); former Member of the Board of Directors, International Trademark Association (INTA) and former Chair of INTA's ADR Committee; Partner, Müller Schupfner & Partner; Munich

Tina Monberg

Author, Handbook of Human Conflict Technology; Director, mediationcenter a/s; Copenhagen

Robert M. Nelson

Mediator & Arbitrator; Founder, NelsonADR; Author, Nelson on ADR; Ottawa

Miryana Nešić - In memory of Miryana Nešić

Alexander Oddy

Partner,  dispute resolution, and Head of ADR,  Herbert Smith LLP;  London

Hon. Justice Machteld Pel

Vice President, Court of Appeal of Arnhem; Director, Court-Annexed Mediation Agency for the Netherlands Judiciary; Mediator and Mediation skills trainer;  The Netherlands

Giuseppe de Palo

International Professor of ADR Law and Practice, Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul;  Chairman of Board, ADR Center; Rome

Carol Powell

LEADR Australia and LEADR New Zealand Board member; member, LEADR Accreditation Committee; mediator and trainer; Editor, ADR section New Zealand Law Journal; Auckland

Christian-Radu Chereji

Founder of Transylvanian Institute of Mediation, lead trainer and national assessor of mediators, member of the Mediation Council National Consultative Committee, Romania.


Philip Ray

Consultant, Erlangen, Germany

David Richbell

Commercial mediator and trainer; Author of Mediation of Construction Disputes; former Director of Training of CEDR and founder member of MATA; London


Manon Schonewille

Author, Toolkit Series;  Executive Director, ACB Group;  Director of the ADR Centre for Business Foundation; The Hague 

Dr. Tsisana Shamlikashvili

President, Scientific and Methodological Center for Mediation and Law; CEO, United Mediation Services of Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs; editor-in-chief, “Mediation and Law. Intermediation and Conciliation”; CEDR Accredited Mediator; Moscow

Geoff Sharp

Commercial Mediator and Barrister; former Chair of the New Zealand Law Society ADR Committee; Member of the LEADR Advanced Panel and the Specialist Panel of Mediators of the AMINZ; Member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Panel of Mediators; Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators; LEADR Australasia Fellow and recipient of the 2012 Mediator of the Year Award by LEADR New Zealand; Wellington

Professor Tania Sourdin

Professor of Conflict Resolution, University of Queensland; member, NADRAC; Sydney

Allan J. Stitt

President of ADR Chambers and the Stitt Feld Handy Group. Mediator, arbitrator, negotiation consultant, international trainer and ADR systems design specialist; Toronto

John Sturrock QC

Chief Executive, Core Solutions Group Ltd, Edinburgh;  Visiting Professor of Advocacy Skills & Conflict Resolution, University of Strathclyde

Hannah F. Tümpel

Senior Counsel and Manager, International Centre for ADR, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris

John Upchurch

Mediator;  President, Upchurch Watson White & Max; Daytona Beach, FL

Leonardo d'Urso

Chief Executive, ADR Center; Rome

Ruud van Herpen LL.M.

Chair, NMv - The Dutch Mediators Association; IMI and NMI Certified Mediator; Director and owner of MRkwadraat B.V. , Conflict Management; Tilburg area, The Netherlands

Mary Walker

Barrister;  Mediator;  Chair, Law Council of Australia ADR Committee,  Sydney 

R. Bruce Whitney

Chief Litigation Counsel (Ret.), Air Products & Chemicals Inc.; Member, Executive Committee of Corporate Counsel International Arbitration Group, Chief Litigation Counsel Association, and International Association of Defence Counsel;  Philadelphia, PA

Professor Nancy A. Welsh

Professor of Law, Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University

Professor Michael A. Wheeler

MBA Class of 1952 Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School

Anil Xavier

President, Indian Institute of Arbitration & Mediation; Kerala

Professor Archie Zariski

Associate Professor of Legal Studies,
 Athabasca University, Canada.


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