The competency of the parties' advocates in mediations is widely recognized as a crucial factor in securing the best possible settlements. In order to establish a professional and technical basis for enabling disputing parties to identify the right people to advise and represent them in mediations, IMI has developed a comprehensive set of Competency Criteria of Mediation Advocates/Advisors.
IMI Mediation Advocacy Competency Criteria is a unique product of the ISC Mediation Advocacy Taskforce following an intensive year of deliberations, involving many users and including pilot programs, public consultations and focus groups. The Criteria have been supported and endorsed by a wide rangeof stakeholders, including the Mediation Committee of the International Bar Association, the Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates (SCMA), the Paris Bar, ACB Foundation Corporate ADR & Mediation and Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.
The Mediation Advocacy Taskforce was a joint effort of thought leaders and experts in mediation advocacy, drawn from a range of international mediation stakeholders:
Manon Schonewille (Chair, The Netherlands)
Prof. Hal Abramson (US)
Prof. Ewa Gmurzynska (Poland)
Aloysius Goh (Singapore)
Andrew Goodman (UK)
Jeremy Lack (Switzerland)
Deborah Masucci (US)
Khory McCormick (Australia)
Alexander Oddy (UK)
Sim Khadijah Binte Mohammad (Singapore)
Dimitra Triantafyllou (Greece).
The launch of the IMI Mediation Advocacy Competency Certification marks a critical step in the development of mediation around the globe and will enhance user confidence in using mediation to resolve disputes. Please see the Mediation Advocacy Competency Criteria at http://imimediation.org/mediation-advocacy-criteria
IMI Mediation Advocacy Certification will:
ADR professional and provider organisations are now invited to submit to the IMI Independent Standards Commission their applications to be approved for qualifying competent professionals for IMI Mediation Advocacy Certification. Once approved, Mediation Advocacy Qualifying Assessment Programs (MA-QAPs) will be displayed at: http://imimediation.org/find-a-qualifying-assessment-program. This will enable users and advocates/advisors to contact them directly.
The ISC Mediation Advocacy Task Force recognises that some individuals already possess the high level of experience, knowledge and practical skills identified for competent mediation advocates/advisors. Accordingly, they might be endorsed for IMI Mediation Advocacy Competency Certification by an approved professional organisation via the Expertise Qualification Path (EQP) before December 31, 2013. For more details on the EQP please see http://imimediation.org/mediation-advocacy-eqp
Manon Schonewille, Chair of the ISC Mediation Advocacy Taskforce commented: