You’d really like to get trained in mediation, and:

  • you can travel to Nairobi for five days to do it.

  • there are many mediation programs to choose from and you’re not sure which one is right for you.

  • you’d like to learn from full-tim practitioners rather than from full-time educators.

  • you’re looking for an excellent program that will equip you with the knowledge and the skills necessary to provide and sell mediation services

Imagine if you could...

  • get the necessary know-how and experience of a competent mediator

  • become an international mediator by joining a 5-day course with offline assignments

  • have one-year access to some of the most experienced full-time international mediators and trainers

  • become an ADR Center Accredited Mediator, an IMI Qualified Mediator and use it to build your public professional profile and your mediation practice
  • This course has been built on 25 years of day-by-day mediation experience of ADR Center full-time mediators

    - a diverse faculty from all over the world with the ability to understand and work with the cultural parameters of training participants.

    The course is divided into 5 full-day sessions organized in Nairobi with support for effective preparation and potential post-training opportunities to engage the training faculty - full-time professional mediators - and engage in joint shadowing, coaching, and supervised practice opportunities.

    Further, participants will have one-year of access to the ever-growing virtual library of ADR Center Academy. Please email us ([email protected]) for further details.

    You’ll learn how to help others manage and resolve civil and commercial disputes as independent mediators so that you can add value and grow your practice.

    By the end of this program, you’ll be able to identify barriers to negotiation, manage resolution of conflicts, design custom-made and facilitate most effective mediation processes for the parties and the dispute in place.

    This course will teach you how to learn to apply the ADR Center’s 5x5 matrix so that you can design and deliver the four procedural phases of mediation - preparation, fact-finding, exploration, negotiation and resolution. Please email us ( [email protected] ) for further details.

    Training Agenda

    SKILLS 75%


    PLUS get one-year access to the library of ADR Center Academy with videos, presentations, manuals, articles, etc.

    The biggest incentive for mediation clients is the quality of the mediation services. 

    You will have the unique possibility to access world-class quality mediation training from your residence through our accessible and comprehensive online learning management system over the course of five weeks. Then, for another year, the virtual library of ADR Center Academy will be there to support your ongoing development efforts. Please email us for further details.

    Meet our global faculty of experienced full-time mediators!

    The faculty of ADR Center Academy includes highly experienced mediators and trainers mostly from ADR Center Global panel with years of international experience in the field of ADR and a proven track record of successfully mediating complex cross-border disputes as well as designing and delivering training courses all over the world. Our trainers are, in fact, highly skilled professionals of different nationalities with a multicultural professional background and the ability to work alongside people with different cultures. All our trainers fluently speak English in addition to one or more languages in order to design and conduct an international training program. The trainers of ADR Center Academy have a combined experience of training more than 15.000 mediators around the world.

    This course will be led by Leonardo D’Urso and Constantin Adi Gavrila with different guest speakers - mediation experts from all over the world. Please email us for further details.

    Lead trainers

    CEO and Senior Trainer

    Leonardo D'Urso

    Leonardo D’Urso is a full-time mediator, co-founder and CEO of ADR Center, Adjunct Professor at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the School of Law of Pepperdine University (CA, USA) a mediation expert at CEPEJ - Council of Europe and Board Member of the Weinstein International Foundation. With more than 20 years’ experience in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), he has mediated more than 1.200 national and international complex civil and commercial mediations.

    He is an ADR policy advisor for Governments and has been a team leader and senior expert in several international projects in countries like Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Jamaica, Jordan, India, Moldova, Oman, Tunisia, Turkey, Pakistan, Serbia and most of Europen Union Member States.

    Author of several publications on negotiation and mediation, he is the co-organizer of the Italian editions of the workshop “Negotiation for Executives” of the Program on Negotiation (PON Global) at Harvard Law School.

    Of Counsel at Jones Day

    Hon. Ann Claire Williams (Ret.)

    Hon. Ann Claire Williams (Ret.) is Of Counsel at Jones Day, where she leads its efforts in advancing the rule of law in Africa. Devoted to promoting the effective delivery of justice worldwide, Judge Williams has partnered with judiciaries, attorneys, NGOs and the U.S. Departments of Justice and State to design and lead training programs in Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. In November of 1999, Judge Williams became the first and only judge of color appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Before she became a circuit judge, she served as a U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago from 1985 to 1999. During her tenure on the trial bench, Judge Williams mediated thousands of cases. She retired from being a judge in early 2018. While on the bench, she was chair of the Court Administration and Case Management Committee of the U.S. Judicial Conference from 1993 to 1997, served on the Supreme Court Fellows Program Commission from 2005 to 2011, and served on the Judicial Branch Committee from 2009 to 2018. She was treasurer, president-elect, and president of the Federal Judges Association, which has a membership of more than 1,200 federal judges. In each of these positions, she was the first judge of color to serve. Committed to public interest work throughout her life, Judge Williams helped found Just The Beginning–A Pipeline Organization, the Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Chicago, Minority Legal Education Resources, Inc., and the Public Interest Fellowship Program of Equal Justice Works. A lifelong educator, she has conducted training on mediation skills in the Caribbean, Kenya, Zambia, and the United States. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Wayne State University and an MA in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Michigan. She taught in the Detroit Public Schools before obtaining her JD from the Notre Dame Law School.

    Senior Trainer

    Constantin-Adi Gavrila

    Adi is a full-time professional mediator with extensive experience since 2002 in supporting individuals, groups, companies, governments and international organizations to resolve a wide variety of disputes, both domestic and international. Adi has trained more than 1000 mediators and has provided consultancy services to beneficiaries and governments from more than 20 countries to design and develop mediation programs.

    He is also an active mediator in the development space, working with the Office of the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (CAO) and Independent Project Accountability Mechanism, 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.

    Adi is the first president of the Romanian Mediation Centers Union and served as Co-Chair of the Independent Standards Commission convened by the International Mediation Institute (IMI). He is a Ph.D in constitutional law with emphasis on "Mediation and Access to Justice".

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    What people usually ask before signing up for ADR Center International Accredited Mediator Training:

    • What if I miss one live session?

      It will be ok. We require a minimum of 90% attendance for a successful completion of the course.

    • What if I fail the final assessment?

      We provide a second possibility to take the final assessment.

    • Do I need to have a legal background?


    • Do I need to have a good proficiency in English?

      You will need to interact with other participants and with the trainers. Also, you will have to be able to read course materials and to write assignments. English proficiency will be needed.

      Upon request, we can organize a course in your own language for a group of participants. This will include additional costs for simultaneous interpretation.