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Mediation Session Working Group 2017 

Sabine Walsh

Sabine Walsh (Chair)

Sabine is a mediator, trainer and lecturer and runs a busy national and cross-border mediation practice alongside teaching and training. She left practice as a lawyer to pursue mediation full-time in 2009 and has mediated a wide range of interpersonal and commercial disputes since.

She has fluent English and German an excellent French and Spanish. She specialises in Cross-Border Mediation and International Family Mediation. She has further qualifications in Online Mediation, Professional Practice Consultancy and Child Inclusive Mediation.

She is currently serving a three-year term as President of Ireland’s national mediation body, the Mediators Institute of Ireland, managing the association’s members, lobbying government and raising awareness of mediation among the public.

She has a keen interest in mediator education and higher education and designed and co-ordinates two postgraduate programmes in mediation and conflict in St. Angela’s College Sligo (National University of Ireland). She also provides mediation training in the private sector and runs workshops and seminars on conflict management and mediation.

She is a regular writer for the Kluwer Mediation Blog, has published articles on mediation and mediator education and is co-editor of the EU Mediation Handbook (Kluwer). She has presented at mediation conferences in many different countries.


Charlie LaFond

Charlie LaFond

Charlie has been working in the field of negotiations and conflict management for the WU Wien Executive Academy since 2008, for the IMC Krems in 2009 – 2014, for the HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management in 2012 and for Donau-Universität Krems 1999-2002 in the field of convincing argumentation. He worked for HPS Hierhold Presentation Services as a trainer throughout Europe from 1998 – 2012 and has been a professor at Webster University, Vienna campus since 1992.

Charlie was born and raised in Minnesota, USA. He successfully completed his graduate studies at Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona in 1980 with an MBA in International Management. His special fields included Marketing and Finance. He became involved in training negotiation, presentation and communication skills back in 1985 and has been training executives and students around Europe in these fields for over 30 years. He was an Expert Assessor at the CDRC Vienna in 2015 and was Senior Judge at the Lex Infinitum in Goa, India in Spring 2016.

He owns Into Results (www.IntoResults.eu), a company specialized in training negotiation, presentation and communication skills. His private interests include skiing, travel, public speaking, computers and running.



Diego Faleck

Diego Faleck is a business mediator and a dispute systems designer. He received his LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School and is a professor of negotiation and mediation at FGV São Paulo Law. Mr. Faleck served as interim secretary and chief of staff of the Secretariat of Economic Law of the Ministry of Justice in Brazil. He has experience in the ICC’s Commercial Mediation Competition, having coached a 1st and a 3rd place team.


rosemary howell

Rosemary Howell

Dr Rosemary Howell has experience as a lawyer, strategic planner, teacher and CEO and has served a term as Secretary General of the Law Council of Australia. She is a nationally accredited a mediator. She delivers mediation, coaching, facilitation, strategic planning and training services to a diverse range of business and government clients in 6 countries. She has appeared in the International Who’s Who of Mediation since 2013.

She is a professorial Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia and a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne. She teaches Negotiation, Mediation and Dispute Resolution to undergraduate and postgraduate students and is the architect of the Masters of Dispute Resolution program at UNSW.

She has coached the UNSW team for the ICC International Mediation Competition for 10 years and her students have reached the final rounds in 8 of those years including first, second and third places. She is also the coach of the UNSW team for the CDRC Vienna moot.


Tat Lim

Tat Lim

Tat is a lawyer, mediator and trainer.  He has postgraduate law, business and construction law degrees from National University of Singapore and King’s College London. His areas of practice as a lawyer and mediator have included banking, corporate, construction, real estate, intellectual property and family law. He is accredited by several mediation institutions, including Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC), CEDR, NMAS, HKMAAL and IMI.  As trainer, he has delivered negotiation and mediation training to judges, lawyers, professionals and business executives across several countries.  He is also an SMC assessor for the accreditation of mediators and involved as a judge in the ICC International Mediation Competition.  He is Chairperson of the Society of Mediation Professionals (Singapore) and Secretary-Treasurer of the Mediation Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA).



The IBA-VIAC CDRC Vienna General Instructions are based on the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and the Organizers wish to especially thank the Moot and its Directors for their generous support and for granting the use of their Problem. We thank our CDRC Case Working Group for their work on the amendments to the Vis Case in preparing it for mediation and the draft of the additional confidential instructions for the teams.


Working Group Members

Greg Bond

Greg Bond (Chair)

Greg was born in the UK and has lived in Germany for over twenty years. He teaches mediation, negotiation and cross-cultural communication in commercial law, management and MBA programs at the Technical University of Wildau, near Berlin, Germany. He works as a mediator and moderator, particularly in workplace mediation and corporate team development, and as a mediation trainer. He also trains professionals in peer coaching. In his university work, he has worked on intensive cross-cultural training programs with international students in Austria, China, Finland, France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Poland, Russia, and the USA.

He has a master’s in mediation from the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt / Oder, and a PhD in German literature. He has published widely on mediation, including a casebook, Mediation Practice: 8 Cultures, 16 Cases, 128 Creative Solutions (Paris: ICC, 2016), and a book of training roleplays, International Commercial Mediation Role-Plays (ed. with Colin J Wall; Paris: ICC, 2015), and he also writes on contemporary literature.


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Catherine Davidson

Catherine specialises in dispute resolution and practices as a mediator, trainer, and conflict management consultant. Combining her legal background with strong communication skills, Catherine’s expertise has established her reputation as a leading commercial and workplace mediator. She is committed to strengthening both the individual and organisation’s ability to: communicate openly, manage conflict, negotiate productively, and strengthen relationships. A Nationally Accredited Mediator, Catherine’s mediation experience includes working in Australia and internationally, in both the private and public sectors. Catherine is a Trainer for the Australian Disputes Centre conducting their mediation training programmes in Australia and Asia and regularly Coaches mediation students for the Resolution Institute.



Cezary Rogula 

Accredited mediator (Lewiatan Mediation Centre, Warsaw, Poland, formerly involved in the Ministry of Economy programme on promoting mediation in Poland), specialised in international and domestic commercial and consumer mediation. Attorney at Law (Adwokat, admitted to the Polish Bar). Participant of the Joint Ph.D. Programme in Law (University of Antwerp, Belgium and Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland), with particular reference to commercial mediation as well as consumer ADR and ODR. Lecturer and trainer: international commercial mediation and arbitration. Involved in the ICC International Commercial Mediation Competitions since 2009. Expert assessor during the CDRC Vienna 2015. One of the Jagiellonian University Team coaches for the 18th and 19th edition of the Willem C. Vis Moot Competition. Previously: visiting student at Harvard Law School, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (completed Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation Workshop there) and visiting researcher at Heidelberg University. Jagiellonian University: School of American Law (2007), Master of Laws Programme (2009) and Postgraduate Diploma in Banking Law (2011). He is fluent in English and Polish. He has organised and participated in numerous international and domestic conferences and training programmes on mediation and arbitration (organised by, inter alia, ICC, CIArb, CPR, ABA, UIA, AIA, OHIM) and published publications on various legal topics.



Natascha Tunkel 

Natascha works as Counsel at KNOETZL, an Austrian law firm specialized in crisis management and dispute resolution. Natascha qualified as a certified mediator under Austrian law in 2005 and has handled numerous complex international commercial disputes. She is specialized in international commercial mediation, arbitration and litigation. Her profound knowledge of procedural law, covering the entire range of (alternative) dispute resolution, is derived from her strong academic background, working as a lecturer and research assistant at the Department of Civil Procedure at the University of Vienna Law Faculty for several years. Natascha has also collected extensive practical experience both in small arbitration boutique law firms as well as in a large, multinational law firm covering the CEE and SEE regions. She has a special focus on multi-jurisdictional cases. Her most recent publication is a contribution to the “Practitioner’s Handbook on the new Vienna Mediation Rules” (2016).



Thomas P. Valenti

Thomas P. Valenti is an attorney, mediator, arbitrator facilitator and trainer. He has been extensively trained in all aspects of Dispute Resolution. Tom is a former Board Member of Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI]. He was Co-Leader of the Athens Migration Dialogue Project. Mr. Valenti was also involved with the Middle East Peace Initiative working with an Israeli Jewish and Palestinian peace village, Neve Shalom Wahat Al Salam (NSWAS) and its Pluralistic Spirituality Center Project. Tom has an interest in understanding the issues raised with cross-cultural disputes. This interest is also enhanced by his work with The International Academy of Dispute Resolution (INADR), which is a charitable organization set up to further the interest of mediation amongst law students globally.  He has judged numerous International legal, negotiation,  arbitration, and mediation competitions. He has travelled to the UK, Dubai, India and Europe to train and teach courses in Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration. He is also on the International Training Faculty of ADRGroup UK, London.