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Patrons, Presidents and Companions


A Patron can be appointed by the Board of Trustees, and will normally hold office for three years. The Patron of the Institute need not be a member of the Institute, but is usually a well known and highly regarded figure in the private dispute resolution community.

Our current Patron is Dr Nabil Elaraby.


The President shall be elected from amongst the Fellows of the Institute by the members’ Representatives at Congress. The President shall take up office from 1 January in the year following his election and shall serve for one calendar year.

There shall be one Deputy President and one Vice President who shall be elected, from amongst the Fellows of the Institute, by the members’ Representatives at Congress.

During his term of office the President shall have an ambassadorial role to promote the Object of the Institute. The President has only one managerial executive power, and that is to make Presidential Panel appointments on behalf of the Institute.


The Bye-Laws allow for any person who by reason of his or her distinction, position and experience in the field of private dispute resolution or who appears to the Board of Trustees as being able to render important assistance in promoting the Object, to become elected as a Companion of the Institute. 

There can be no more than ten Companions of the Institute at any one time, unless agreed by the members at an AGM.

Our current Companions are:

  • Dr Nayla Comair-Obeid (September 2018) 
  • Professor Doug Jones AO (June 2016) 
  • The Honourable Murray Gleeson AC (November 2009)
  • The Rt. Hon. Sir Anthony Evans (October 2006)
  • Professor Thomas J. Stipanowich (March 2001)