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IMI Certified Mediator
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Mediation Profile

Constantin-Adi Gavrila, founding member and manager of Craiova Mediation Center, Romania, ISC Member, International Mediation Institute, IDC’s 2009 International Outstanding Leadership Award Recipient, Association for Conflict Resolution, Advisory Council’s member of the Lord Slynn of Hadley European Law Foundation, London UK, first president of the Romanian Mediation Centers Union and vice-president of the first Mediation Council, is an engineer, a jurist and a mediator, dedicating a great part of his professional activity to mediation, ADR management, dispute resolution system design and mediaton training since 2002. 

Adi has been gaining experience as mediator since 2002, helping clients from four continents to resolve domestic or international disputes. Thus, individuals, companies, and lawyers have trusted Adi to successfully design and manage mediation of family, labor, civil or commercial disputes. At the same time, communities, private organizations, public authorities or governments have entrusted Adi with facilitating complex dialogue processes, with the involvement of multy-parties and stakeholders interested to discuss about the social and environmental impacts of projects funded by international financial institutions.

For more information about Adi's experience, follow this link.

Adi has served as a mediator in a wide variety of complex cases with the Craiova Pilot Mediation Center since 2002 and as a professional mediator ever since. He has extensive experience in supporting individuals, groups, companies, governments and international organizations in addressing a wide variety of cases, both domestic and international.

Representative domestic cases include:
  * Real estate multi-party case involving banking procedural and methodological updates; 
  * Complex defamation dispute between doctors;
  * High value case regarding determining, valuing, and dividing marital property;
  * Contract dispute case over the cancellation of a purchase agreement.

Adi is also an active mediator in the development space, working with CAO and PCM, the IFC/MIGA (World Bank) and EBRD accountability mechanisms to facilitate dialogue processes between the bank clients and communities concerned about the environmental and social impacts of bank financed projects. Examples of multi-party cases supported by Adi are:
  * Seismic impacts and other E&S concerns of communities regarding the technology of the oil & gas sector;
  * Air quality impacts of steel companies;
  * Risk of landslides related to HPP construction works;
  * Community resettlement related to expansion of mining activities;
  * Impacts of public transportation projects for pedestrian accessibility.

My mediation style can best be described as impartial, neutral, supportive, proactive, patient, creative and tailored to each client and situation. Although I feel closer to the facilitative style, I try not to label the over-all style that I use because it also includes transformative, narative and evaluative approaches and methods.

Areas of particular experience as a mediator include: * Business and Professional * Commercial * Contract * Technology and Telecommunications * Family * Criminal Justice * Community * Education * Health care * Sport

The fees for mediation vary depending on the complexity of the case and the number of the parties involved. The fee for half a day (4 hours) can vary between 700 € and 1000 € plus expenses.

* Craiova Mediation Center Association, Craiova, Romania

Fred S. Souk / Attorney-Mediator-Mediation trainer / USA / [email protected]
Kathleen F. Patterson / Attorney-Mediator-Mediation trainer / USA / [email protected]

Training and Education

Adi understands that permanent learning is key for a good mediator. This is why he takes every opportunity to build his knowledge and top up his skills through formal training or other tools such as co-mediation, peer review or shadowing. 

Additionally, continuous mediation practice provides with excellent learning opportunities.

Adi is also learning from students and young mediators he is coaching.

Adi has trained over 1,000 mediators and mediator trainers in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Additionally, Adi has successfully trained mediation advocates, judges, to refer cases to mediation, and mediation users to ensure an appropriate and constructive framework. Adi's clients usually are international institutions, governments, ministries, or chambers of commerce.

Adi's knowledge, skills and experience were enriched with a taste for research. Having the experience of a failed mediation legislation in Romania, mandatory for the plaintiff before going to court, with a hard and unbalanced sanction of case inadmissibility, Adi's appetite for research concluded in a constitutional law thesis, "Mediation and Access to Justice". This reason and others have prompted Adi to speak at many mediation events since early 2000s.

  • May 2017, ”EU Mediation Law Handbook: Regulatory Robustness Ratings for Mediation Regimes”, Co-author Romania chapter with Sanda Elena Lungu, Edited by Nadja Alexander, Sabine Walsh, Martin Stavos, Kluwer Law International
  • Dec 2016, ”Mediation, access and justice reform”, “Iustitia” Magazine – Dolj Bar Association, Issue 1-2 / 2016, “Universul Juridic” Publishing House
  • Nov 2015, ”General criteria for Mediation Advocacy international standards”, Iustitia Magazine – Dolj Bar Association, Universul Juridic Publishing House
  • 2015, ”Getting the deal through. Mediation 2016”, Co-author România chapter with HE judge Sanda Elena Lungu, Edited by Renate Dendorfer-Ditges și Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Law Bussiness Research (, London UK, ISSN 2051-4697;
  • 2015, ”The right to a fair trial - distinct interpretation from the sense outlined by the art. 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights”, Co-author with Camelia Gagu PhD, Journal of Law and Administrative Sciences, Special Issue 2015, Petroleum and Gas University Publishing House of Ploieşti; ISSN 2392-8298
  • 2015, ”Mediation access and reform in justice”, Revista de Științe Juridice, Supliment 2015, Universul Juridic Publishing House
  • Jan 2014, ”The variegated landscape of mediation”, Co-author România chapter with HE judge Sanda Elena Lungu, Edited by Manon Schonewille and Dr Fred Schonewille, Eleven International Publishing, Holland
  • 2014, ”How do we consider mediation?”, (NL),;
  • 2014, ”Defining Mediation”, coautor cu Dr. Christian Chereji, (NL),
  • 2014, ”What went wrong with mediation?”, coautor cu Dr. Christian Chereji; Mediate.Com (USA),;
  • 2014, ”How to Master Commercial Mediation”, Co-author România chapter with Luminita Trifan, Edited by David Richbell, Bloomsbury Professional, UK, ISBN-13: 978-1780436821 ISBN-10: 1780436823;
  • 2014, ”Instruments and legal procedures applicable in cross-border family mediation. Guide for magistrates and other legal practitioners”, Co-author and coordinator. Guide developed under the project “Judicial Intercultural Communication in Family Mediation” funded by EU under JUST/2013/JCIV/AG/4628 and developed by Craiova Court of Appeals
  • 2014, ”Mediation is a possibility”, Co-author with Luminita Trifan, Iustitia Magazine – Dolj Bar Association, Universul Juridic Publishing House
  • 2014, ” Getting the deal through. Mediation 2015”, Co-author România chapter with HE judge Sanda Elena Lungu, Edited by Renate Dendorfer-Ditges și Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Law Bussiness Research (, London UK, ISSN 2051-4697;
  • Oct 2012, ”EU Mediation Law and Practice”, Co-author Romania chapter with Anca Elisabeta Ciucă, Edited by Giuseppe De Palo and Mary B. Trevor, Oxford University Press
  • Mar 2012, ”The Mediation Center in Craiova, Romania – Beyond Neutrality”, Co-author with Adina Nica, International Judicial Monitor,
  • 2012, ”The resolution through mediation of conflicts being in the enforcement phase”, Co-author with Camelia Gagu, Romanian Enforcement Magazine, No. 4 / 2011
  • December 2011 – present, Online, Mediate.Com Author,
  • September 2011 – present, Online, Permanent contributor, Kluwer Mediation Blog (, Edited by Nadja Alexander and Bill Marsh, Wolters Kluwer Law and Bussiness
  • Sept 2010, Co-author articol, ”In Romania, It’s About Developing a More Constructive Mediation Practice that Works Throughout the Society” with Anca Elisabeta Ciucă, ”Alternatives”, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution
  • 2009, Mediation in what?, Romanian Mediation Magazine nr.1/2009, Consensus Publishing House
  • Nov. 2008, ”Mediation Certification: What Are Some Practitioners Afraid Of?” article co-authored with Kelly Austin, Jeremy Lack, Michael McIlwrath, Judith Meyer, Tina Monberg and Wolf von Kumberg, ”Alternatives”, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution
    2007, Co-author, ”Professional mediation training handbook”, with Anca Albici, Mariana Belbiţă, Bogdan Matei, Adina Nica şi Luminiţa Trifan, Consensus Publishing House, Craiova Mediation Center Association
  • Spring 2004, Co-author article, ”Mediation – Romanian style” with Kathleen Patterson,”Alternatives”, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution

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Constantin-Adi Gavrila
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