MICHAEL MCILWRATH is Global Chief Litigation Counsel for GE Oil & Gas, a global division of the General Electric Company in Florence, Italy. Michael is co-author of International Arbitration and Mediation: A Practical Guide (Kluwer Law International 2010), as well as a regular contributor to the Kluwer Arbitration Blog.

Michael is a member of the board of directors (and past chairman) of the International Mediation Institute (IMImediation.org), a non-profit based in the Netherlands that promotes quality, transparency, and ethics in mediation, and is currently chair of the Global Organizing Committee for the Global Pound Conference Series 2016, a multi-city global conference held under the auspices of IMI to create a dialogue among stakeholders over the future of civil justice.

Michael also created and hosted International Dispute Negotiation, a podcast of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, featuring leading professionals and cutting-edge topics in dispute resolution (recipient of the CEDR Award for Innovation in ADR).