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President - Indian Institute of Arbitration & Mediation, Chairman - Accreditation Committee of AMA

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Mixed Mode
IMI Certified Mediator
India, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka
Commercial, Construction, Contract, Infrastructure, International
English, Hindi, Malayalam
Evaluative, Facilitative, Transformative
EQP - Experience Qualification Path (Historic)
Mediation Profile

Anil Xavier is a Grade-A Mediator empanelled with the Indian Institute of Arbitration & Mediation, with experience in handling major negotiations and mediations. He is a Charter Member and currently the President of Indian Institute of Arbitration & Mediation (IIAM). Xavier is a Charter Member and Vice-President of India International ADR Association (IIADRA), a Charter Member and the Secretary General of the Mediator's Council of India and the Executive Committee member of the ADR Law Section of the Indian National Bar Association (INBA). He is a member of the Indian Arbitration Forum and Vice President (International Affiliations) of “Mediators India”, an association of Indian Mediators.

Xavier is a practicing lawyer in India since 1991, with experience in litigation, arbitration and mediation. His expertise areas are corporate, commercial, business, contracts, company, real estate and arbitration matters.

He was influential directly and indirectly in the development of mediation in India. He was instrumental in developing the concept of “IIAM Community Mediation Service”, which is a system of decentralized, socially oriented and inexpensive Dispute Resolution Mechanism to serve the needs of the common people by providing a platform near their home and also to train individuals from the concerned local community as mediators. He is the Master Trainer for Professional Mediator Training Program conducted by IIAM.

Xavier is the only member from India in the Independent Standards Commission and Ethics Committee of the International Mediation Institute at the Hague. He is the Chair of the International Accreditation Committee of Asian Mediation Association (AMA) for making standards for training and accreditation of mediators among member countries. The other members in the Committee are from Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia. He was the Member of the Advisory Board of the Central Organising Group of the Global Pound Conference series 2016-17, initiated by IMI, in charge of India. Xavier was a Senior Fellow of the Dispute Resolution Institute of the Hamline University School of Law, USA. Xavier is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Afghanistan Centre for Commercial Dispute Resolution (ACDR) and Advisory Council of Global Mediators Network, UK. He is nominated as one of the world’s leading practitioner in the field of ADR by Who’s Who Legal, London, UK in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Xavier is empanelled as an international mediator with the Singapore International Mediation Centre, Singapore and the Florence International Mediation Chamber, Florence Italy. He is also empanelled as Senior Mediation Expert (International Mediator & Trainer) with the Mainland Hong Kong Joint Mediation Center, set up by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and Hong Kong Mediation Centre (HKMC) and also the Japan International Mediation Center in Kyoto, Japan. Xavier is also empanelled as Senior International Mediation Expert with the International Dispute Resolution & Risk Management Institute, Hong Kong. He is empanelled as an International Arbitrator with Newton Arbitration, London and as an Arbitrator with the High Court of Kerala, India.

Xavier was nominated as member of the 3-member IMI Certification Committee of the Mediation and Conciliation Project Committee of the Supreme Court of India. The Committee is chaired by Mr. Justice R.F. Nariman and the other member is Ms. Justice Indu Malhotra, Judges of the Supreme Court.

He is the Editor of online legal magazine dealing with ADR, viz., “The Indian Arbitrator” and member of the Editorial Board of “ADR World”, e-magazine of the India International ADR Association.

Anil Xavier operates in nearly all sectors of commercial mediation. He has been particularly involved in multiparty complex civil / business / commercial / corporate / cross border mediations and arbitrations. He has successfully mediated umpteen numbers of family and custody mediations. He also has the unique experience of mediating sensitive social and political issues, including one between the Government of Kerala, India and the private medical / engineering colleges association. He has also mediated successfully a complex-business dispute involving more than 600 affected parties.

He firmly believes that mediation has to be primarily facilitative, enabling the parties to make their decision. But as per the Arbitration & Conciliation Act, 1996 (of India), the mediator/conciliator can also make proposals which would aid the settlement or resolution. In such cases, if the parties so desire, he believe in using evaluative or transformative techniques of mediation. Irrespective of the methods of mediation, he firmly believes in the ethical norms of the mediator.

Areas of particular experience includes: • General Commercial / Business • International Commercial • Construction / Real Estate / Property • Financial Services • Technology • Maritime • Employment • Arts / Entertainment • Sport • Family • Community

• Charter Member and President of the Indian Institute of Arbitration & Mediation (IIAM), India. • Charter Member and Vice-President of India International ADR Association • Charter Member and Secretary General of Mediators’ Council of India • Executive Committee Member of the ADR Law Section of the Indian National Bar Association • Member, Independent Standards Commission and Ethics Committee, International Mediation Institute, The Hague • Senior Fellow of Dispute Resolution Institute of Hamline University School of Law, USA • Chairman of the Sub Committee of Asian Mediation Association for preparing guidelines for certifying mediation courses and accrediting mediators in the AMA Member countries • Editor of online legal magazine dealing with ADR, viz., The Indian Arbitrator • Accredited Grade A Mediator of the Indian Institute of Arbitration & Mediation • International Accredited Mediator empanelled with the Singapore International Mediation Centre, Singapore • International Accredited Mediator empanelled with the Florence International Mediation Centre, Florence, Italy • Member of the International Advisory Board of the Afghanistan Centre for Commercial Dispute Resolution (ACDR)

Training and Education

Mediation Training of European Training Team of ADR Chambers UK, affiliated with the Civil Mediation Council, UK (2005)

  • Faculty Member of IIAM - Master Trainer for Negotiation, Mediation & Arbitration
  • Conducted training programs on arbitration and mediation for various institutions like National Academy of Defence Production, Nagpur, India, Dubai Judicial Institute, Dubai etc.
  • Involved in developing curriculum for Certificate in Dispute Management (CDM), a distance-ed program of IIAM Presented:
  • Paper on “The Advantages of ADR in Business Dispute Resolution” at the seminar on “Alternative Dispute Resolutions” at Bangalore on 29 January 2004.
  • Represented as a Theme Leader for the “2005 Symposium on Advanced Issues in Dispute Resolution” at Minnesota, USA on 29-30 October 2005 and presented paper on “Globalisation of ADR”.
  • Paper on the “Concept of Legal Audit and Community Mediation Service” at the seminar on “Dispute Prevention and Management” at New Delhi on 17 January 2009.
  • Session on the Seminar “Legal Contract Excellence” on 13-14 August 2009 at Mumbai by Marcus Evans, Malaysia.
  • Session on “Mediation: a Technique for Business Diplomacy” at the conference, “Arbitration in the 21st Century: Making it Work” at New Delhi on 4-6 December 2009, co-presented by the IBA Arbitration Committee and the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris and supported by the IBA Asia Pacific Regional Forum and ICC India.
  • Session on “Arbitration – Agreements, Procedures & Case Laws” at National Academy of Defence Production, Nagpur on 19 November 2009 and 13 November 2010.
  • Session on “Upcoming Trends in Commercial Dispute Resolution” in the seminar conducted by Indo-American Chamber of Commerce at Cochin on 25 June 2010.
  • Paper on the “Role of Courts in Arbitration – Indian perspective” at the Law lecture conducted by the Kerala High Court Advocates’ Association on 1 July 2010.
  • Paper on “Dispute Prevention & Management and ADR” in the legal workshop “Introduction to Law” conducted by the Dubai Judicial Institute, at Dubai on 7 March 2011.
  • Session on “The Social & Economic Facet of Alternative Dispute Resolution - Indian Perspective” conducted by Universitat Basel at Basel, Switzerland on 20-22 October 2011.
  • Paper on “Impact of Mediation on Health & Social Welfare – Indian Context” at the Asia-Pacific Mediation Conference 2012 on 16-17 November 2012 at Hong Kong.
  • Session on “Arbitration and Mediation in Expired Contracts” at the Charutar Institute of Infrastructure Technology (Centre of Excellence) (CIITA), Anand, Gujarat on 20 January 2014.
  • Paper on “Absence of Universal Mediation Procedure & Ethical Norms – The Risks Faced by the Mediator” at the 3rd Asian Mediation Association Conference, “Mediation: New Era – Legal Framework and Social Change” on 3-4 April 2014 at Hong Kong.
  • Session on “Mediation & Business Management” at the Goa Community Mediation Centre, Goa on 22 June 2014.
  • Session on “Harmonizing Business Resolution” at the seminar “Harmonizing Dispute Resolution & Business Management” conducted by the Cochin Chamber of Commerce & Industry, on 25 July 2014.
  • Paper on “Investor-State Disputes – Relevance of Mediation” at the 3rd Asia Pacific ADR Conference conducted jointly by UNCITRAL, Ministry of Justice and the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board on 17-18 November, 2014 at Seoul, South Korea.
  • Paper on “Opting the Mediation Window in the Arbitration House” at the Corporate Legal Excellence Conference by Marcus Evans on 24-25 November 2014 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Session on “Tailoring Dispute Resolution Strategies” at the Pune International Arbitration Centre, Pune on 12-13 December 2014.
  • Session on “Creating a Career in Commercial Mediation and Mediation Advocacy” at the Asia Pacific International Mediation Summit conducted by the American Bar Association and the UNCITRAL at New Delhi on 12-14 February 2015.
  • Authored book on arbitration and mediation based on the Arbitration & Conciliation Act of India - 1999.
  • “Institutional ADR in India” published by ARyME, Spain