International Mediation Institute

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: International Mediation Institute
  • Country: Netherlands
  • City: The Hague
  • Type of organization: non-profit Foundation
  • Date of creation: 2007
  • Interests: Mediation - Training
  • Fields of expertise: All types of disputes

[edit] Description

International Mediation Institute (IMI) is a non-profit Foundation and registered charity established in 2007 as a global public service initiative to drive transparency and high competency standards into mediation practice across all fields, worldwide. IMI is Internet-based and operates worldwide but has its main office in The Hague, The Netherlands.

[edit] Founders

[edit] Vision

By generating enhanced confidence in mediators and improved understanding of mediation, motivate fundamental positive changes in how businesses, professional advisers, educationalists, Governments and NGOs and adjudicators approach the resolution of disputes, principally by enabling them to change their perceptions and procurement skills from:

  • Win/Lose to Mutual Gain
  • Litigation to Negotiation
  • Risk to Opportunity

… thereby positioning mediation and other negotiated processes as the preferred methods for resolving disputes and making a significant contribution to the advancement of international peace and harmony.

[edit] Mission

To develop mediation into a free-standing profession over all fields worldwide based on high competency and ethical standards and to ensure transparency via Profiles including mandatory information and a summary of feedback by prior users. The Mission includes promoting and explaining mediation, providing objective materials for users and encouraging high standards of training.


Generate confidence in and much enhanced understanding and usage of the mediation process among businesses and other disputants by encouraging high standards of training, by certifying high competency standards of mediators throughout the world, and by aiding users to find suitable competent mediators quickly and easily in the most transparent ways. Success will be measured by:

  • IMI certification being accepted as the global mediator competency standard;
  • Enhancement of mediators professional standards;
  • Widespread adoption of high ethical standards;
  • Quality of feedback from users and certified mediators;
  • Increased use of IMI web-based certified mediator searching tools;
  • Mediation becoming synonymous with wider amicable dispute resolution methods;
  • Increased rate at which new users turn to mediation;
  • Successful establishment of mediation providers in new markets;
  • Increase in the number of dispute resolution courses offered to students;
  • Minimization of bureaucratic burdens on mediators;
  • Securing international government support for IMI mediation competency standards.

A vital characteristic of IMI initiative will be transparency, the soulmate of confidence. IMI will achieve transparency by:

  • Making competency standards objective, easy to understand and accessible;
  • Welcoming widespread engagement by mediation users, the mediation and other professions, educationalists, governments and NGOs and adjudicators and providing technological means, such as weblogs, through which they can express their views and suggestions on mediator competency certification and other issues;
  • Having excellent open relationships with all quality mediation providers and trainers (rather than exclusive partnerships);
  • Encouraging viewable Feedback Digests, prepared by independent providers, trainers and mentors, and video recitals by Certified Mediators of their resumes;
  • Sustaining and promoting local capacity to resolve disputes;
  • Remaining independent of the mediation provider market.

[edit] Independent Standards Commission

Chaired by Professor Ambassador Tommy Koh, the Independent Standards Commission comprises 60 thought leaders in the mediation field worldwide. It establishes the standards and criteria, supervises mediator ethics and comprises the grievance and disciplinary council.

[edit] Market Position

IMI does not provide any services in the market and has no income-generating activities. IMI is not a membership organization, does not act as a referral body, and does not compete with any other body. The organization is unique.

[edit] Progress

IMI has established Criteria for Qualifying Assessment Programs (QAPs) to enable suitable bodies to qualify mediators as IMI Certified. All QAPs are approved by the ISC. The IMI web portal provides an open search engine of IMI Certified Mediators to enable users to find the most suitable, competent mediators worldwide. Currently over 300 mediators have qualified for IMI Certification (400+ are in the process of qualifying). The IMI portal carries a Decision Tree to help users to find the right mediator and Conflict Evaluation tool as well as Leadership and Learnership sections to explain mediation’s many aspects and to inspire progress in the field.

[edit] Funding

Initial set-up costs covered by Founding Institutions. IMI is funded entirely by donations from Patrons and Sponsors, including IMI Certified Mediators who are invited to make Listing Contributions to cover the costs of the search engine development.

Any occupation wishing to exercise authority must find a technical basis for it, assert an exclusive jurisdiction, link both skill and jurisdiction to standards of training, and convince the public that its services are uniquely trustworthy and tied to a set of professional norms.

[edit] Contact

Laan van Meerdervoort 70, 2517 AN The Hague - Netherlands

Email: michael.s.leathes@mac.com

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