Michael McIlwrath is Global Chief Litigation Counsel, Litigation, for the GE Oil & Gas division in Florence, Italy. His experience in international arbitration includes representing the company in disputes under the rules of various international and regional arbitration institutions and under ad hoc procedures around the world, and in coordinating the activities of outside counsel in domestic court and arbitral proceedings. He has published numerous articles in the fields of international arbitration, mediation, and negotiation. He also hosts International Dispute Negotiation, a podcast made available by CPR (http://www.cpradr.org) with interviews from leading professionals around the world about ways of accepting, mitigating, and managing risks in international contracts. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (AB) and Cornell Law School (JD). He was Chair of the International Mediation Institute (IMI), in 2009 and continues to serve on its Board of Directors. In addition, he was the co-vice chair with mediator Judith Meyer (and chair, Singapore ambassador at large Tommy Koh) of the IMI independent Standards Committee. He is also a member of the board of directors of the National Center for Science Education, in Oakland, California. Michael is a member of the European Advisory Committee of CPR, and acted as an industry representative to the European Commission (Justice) in the creation of a European ADR Code of Conduct.