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IMI Certified Mediator
Civil, Commercial, Community, Damages, Discrimination and harassment, Workplace
Internationally accredited independent mediator, trainer, consultant and attorney based in Belgrade, with over 25 years of practice in Serbia, Europe, and the USA. He is an Officer at Large of the Mediation Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA), a Board Member of the Serbian National Association of Mediators (NUMS), and one of the World Bank’s 30 Regional Mediators, where he serves as a mediator, facilitator and conflict competency trainer for the World Bank Europe and Central Asia. Currently, he serves as the Key Expert for Mediation & ADR for the EU Project - Support to the Supreme Court of Cassation in Serbia.
Attorney-at-Law licensed by the Serbian Bar Association since 1997, and Official Court Interpreter for English language certified by the Belgrade High Court since 2003. He practiced law in the UK and Serbia, and was a member of the legal team of Ian Macdonald QC in the UK House of Lords case Regina v. SSHD (ex parte Abdi & Gawe) 1 WLR 298 HL. From 2001-2008 he worked as a Deputy Country Director of the USAID funded ABA/CEELI Rule of Law development program, implementing legal reform projects in Serbia. Since 2008, he works with Partners for Democratic Change Serbia, a local civil society organization implementing local, regional, and international development projects in the field of rule of law, ADR and mediation, democracy and human rights in Serbia and the region, and he now serves as the Board President. In 2015, he co-founded ADR Partners, a Serbia-based company providing mediation, negotiation and ADR services and trainings.
Predominantly facilitative, but evaluative, or transformative as necessary.
Mediator certified by the International Mediation Institute, ABA Dispute Resolution Section, ADR Group UK, and JAMS International. In Serbia he is licensed for mediation and accredited to conduct foundation and specialized mediation training by the Ministry of Justice, and is listed by the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and the Commissioner for Anti-Discrimination. Since 2006, focused his career exclusively on dispute resolution and mediated several hundred civil, commercial, workplace, property, personal injury, and discrimination disputes, including 40 cases in Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2018. As a mediation specialist he assisted Baker Hughes - GE global litigation department in resolving four complex international commercial disputes.
Listed by the Bar Association of Serbia and licensed by the Ministry of Justice of Sserbia to provide mediation services in free legal aid cases. Provides pro bono mediation services and counseling for the office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, and community mediation cases.
For commercial and civil litigation disputes mediation fee is 500 EUR per party/day.
Member of the Bar Association of Serbia, since 1996; President of the Serbian National Association of Mediators (NUMS), 2014; Member of Turnaround Management Association (TMA) Serbia, 2014; Member of the Balkan Regional Rule of Law Network (BRRLN), 2014; Member of the Board of Directors of Partners for Democratic Change International (PDCI); Regional Mediator, certified by the World Bank Group Office of Mediation Services (MEF), 2011; Member of the Working Group of the Ministry of Justice of Serbia, drafting the new Law on Mediation, since September 2012; Member of the Working Group of the Ministry of Justice of Serbia, drafting Law on Free Legal Aid, May 2012; Certified Court Interpreter for English language, appointed by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Serbia, licensed by the High Court Belgrade, since 2003; Associate member of the American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, since 2002; Civil & Commercial Mediator, licensed by the ADR GROUP, UK, since 2006; Member of the European Mediation Network (EMNI), since 2007; Member of the South East European Mediation Forum (SEEMF), since 2006; Member of the Association of Basketball Coaches of Serbia, 1998
Prof. Thomas Stipanowich, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdinne Univers.School of Law Chris Poole, JAMS President and CEO Julia Roig, President, Partners Global Robert Lochary, fmr. Regional Director, ABA ROLI Michael McIlwrath, Chief Litigation Counsel, Baker Huges - General Electric (contact details available upon request)
Training and Education
ADR Group, Civil and Commercial Mediator Training, London UK, June 2003 (40 hours)
Nordic Forum for Mediation and Conflict Management, Workshops & Seminars, Oslo/Helsinki, Norway/Finland , May 2006(40 hours)
ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, Fifth Annual Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Training, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 2006 (18 hours)
Mediators Without Borders, Commercial Mediator Training, Belgrade, Serbia, April 2009 (12 hours)
CSSP, Community Mediator Training, Skopje, Macedonia, April 2010 (24 hours)
JAMS Foundation Mediation Workshop, San Francisco, USA, September 2012 (24 hours)
JAMS Advanced ADR training, San Francisco, USA, March 2014 (12 hours)
Advanced Negotiation Certificate, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, USA, June 2014 (40 hours)
Recipient of the JAMS Weinstein International Mediation Fellowship (2012), and a Senior Fellow of the Weinstein International Mediation Foundation.
Skilled trainer and experienced training program development expert, including e-learning programs. He attended several Training-of-Trainers programs and received certificates from International Development Law Institute Rome, and US Department of Justice. He developed and implemented numerous training programs, including training-of-trainers for judges, public prosecutors, police administrators, local government officials, as well as, lawyers, CSOs, media, commercial sectors and citizens. He organized and delivered training programs for the Ministry of State Administration and Local Self-Government, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior, Judicial Academy, Bar Association, State Commissioner for Data Protection, Serbian Chamber of Commerce, local municipalities, and other state, local governments and other public and private stakeholders.
Specializes in the developing and delivering training programs in the area of mediation & conflict management, negotiation & communication skills, personal data protection and training-of-trainers methodologies. In 2014 he was a visiting lecturer at the Mediation Clinic of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law. From 2015, as one of the Partners for Democratic Change Serbia trainers, he is accredited by the Ministry of Justice of Serbia to deliver basic and advanced training for mediators. In 2017, as one of the Partners Serbia trainers, received accreditation by the Ministry of State Administration and Local Self-Government to train local government officials.
Conducts basic and advanced mediation trainings, facilitation, communication, and negotiation skills trainings, dispute resolution system design courses, mediation advocacy workshops for lawyers, and train-the-trainers courses. He is one of the World Bank Group conflict competency trainers.
"Financial Incentives for Mediation", author, British Council's Judicial Efficiency Project, EU, Serbia, June 2017
"Mediation in Law Schools in Serbia Report ", co-author, Commercial Mediation in Serbia Project, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Serbia, December 2016.
“The Variegated Landscape of Mediation Regulation, a Comparative Study in Europe and the World”, edityor for Serbia, Manon Schonewille & Dr. Fred Schonewille, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2014.
Author: “Resolution of Property Disputes – analysis and recommendation of improvement of practice in Serbia” (article in “Mediation - Principles, Process Implementation”, Center for Applied Psychology, Belgrade, Serbia, 2014)
Article, “Mediation and Lawyers”, The Lawyer Magazine, Bar Association of Serbia, June 2013.
Co-author – “Mediation in Serbia – Achievements and Challenges”, Partners for Democratic Change Serbia, December 2012
Co-Author, “Recommendations for Development of Mediation in Serbia”, World Bank IFC, Serbia, September 2011.
Co-author, “Assessment of the Mediation Program in District Court Kraljevo” report, Canada Serbia-Judicial Reform Project, Canadian CIDA, August 2009
Article, “Strategy of Mediation in Serbia”, Justice in Transition, Belgrade, Serbia, October 2009
Co-Editor, Mediation Bench Book, ABA/CEELI Serbia, July 2005
Article “Lawyers and mediation – threat or opportunity” - Mediation Bench Book, ABA/CEELI Serbia, July 2005
Project Coordinator, “Mediation Training Video”, ABA/CEELI Serbia, June 2005
Serbia Mediation Code of Ethics European Code of Conduct for Mediators
Ethics and Disciplinary Committee of the Bar Association of Serbia Mediation Committee of the Ministry of Justice of Serbia