About Ivana Ninčić Österle
Ivana Ninčić Österle is the Executive Director of the International Mediation Institute. She is a lawyer, mediator and public policy consultant for judicial reform, specializing in mediation and judicial efficiency.
During her second-year undergraduate studies, Ms. Ninčić was inspired by the possibilities that mediation and mediation techniques can provide, when she attended an extracurricular course taught by a U.S. lawyer and scholar. In Serbia, mediation is a rare occurrence. Over the years, however, she watched much time and energy be tied up in uncertain disputes, which further convinced her to become a mediation advocate.
Since 2013, she has supported the Ministry of Justice of Serbia in EU integration. She has worked on devising a more sustainable mediation system and on promoting mediation, including leading the initiative to sign the Singapore Convention. Between 2014 and 2020, Ms. Ninčić served as a national correspondent and deputy member of the European Commission for Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ), where she collected and analyzed judicial statistics and analysis, compared European standards and best practices, and promoted them. Most recently, CEPEJ has developed a “Mediation Development Toolkit” to assist in the implementation of the CEPEJ Guidelines on mediation in the 47 Council of Europe states.
Ms. Ninčić began her legal career as a trainee attorney-at-law and associate in one of Belgrade’s leading full-service law firms. She focused on commercial and civil law practice, representing clients before civil and commercial courts and arbitral tribunals, where she gained significant insight into civil procedure and enforcement, as well as court organization and functioning.
Ms. Ninčić has been registered as a mediator since 2016. Her primary mediation practice areas are:
- Property, including intellectual property
- Contracts, both civil and commercial, especially cross-border
- Family disputes