Programme

5 August 2019, 1700hrs

Welcome Cocktail Reception at Intercontinental Singapore

Sponsored by Singapore International Mediation Institute


6 August 2019, 0900 - 1700hrs

9:00 Registration

9:30 Opening Remarks by Guest-of-Honour

Mr Edwin Tong, SC Senior Minister of State for Law and Health

10:00 Memorandum-of-Understanding Signing Ceremony

Between SIMC and CIETAC ; SIMC and KCAB

10:15 Keynote Address: Meeting the Mediation Challenge for Our New Era

Dr Noeleen Heyzer Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

11:15 Refreshment Break

11:45 THE UN CONVENTION & CROSS-BORDER MEDIATION IN OUR GLOBAL LANDSCAPE

This panel features Mrs Anna Joubin-Bret, Secretary of UNCITRAL, and Mr Rimsky Yuen SC, former Secretary for Justice in Hong Kong SAR. Panellists will present their views on the Singapore Convention on Mediation, examining its origins and its anticipated impact on the practice of international dispute resolution. Ms Anna Joubin-Bret will highlight the critical role of UNCITRAL in contributing to the development of international commercial and trade law instruments, particularly in regard to the new cross-border enforcement regime under the Singapore Convention. Mr Rimsky Yuen SC will explore the future direction of commercial dispute resolution in the ASEAN and the region in light of the latest UNCITRAL instrument. The panel will respond to questions about the implications of the Singapore Convention for the flow of international trade and commerce.

Ms Anna Joubin-Bret Secretary of UNCITRAL

Mr Rimsky Yuen, GBM, SC, JP Former Secretary for Justice in Hong Kong SAR

Moderated by Professor Nadja Alexander Academic Director of Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy

12:30 Lunch

Generously sponsored by Society of Mediation Professionals (Singapore)

14:00 A FLOURISHING ERA OF ASIAN MEDIATION

A distinguished panel of dispute resolution experts from China, Korea and Singapore will share developments and trends in international commercial mediation in Asia. As the top economies of Asia continue to post remarkable growth, the business and legal environment have consequently matured in search of options that enable conflicts to be resolved expediently, while preserving relationships that have taken years to cultivate. The discussion will highlight the uses of mediation, how it has evolved and what the future lies against the backdrop of the signing of the UN Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation (the Singapore Convention on Mediation).

Mr Akira Kawamura President of the Japanese Association of Arbitrators

Professor Hi-Taek Shin Chairman of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) International

Mr Jerry Zhang Panel Arbitrator, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission

Mr George Lim, SC Chairman of the Singapore International Mediation Centre

Moderated by Viswa Sadasivan CEO of Strategic Moves

15:00 ONLINE DISPUTE RESOLUTION FOR CROSS BORDER MEDIATION

This session will discuss the definition of online dispute resolution (ODR) and the use of technology in cross border mediation. The panellists will examine the pros and cons of ODR including possible security and privacy issues. This session will also discuss whether ODR can / will replace face-to-face mediation and the future of ODR, including the adoption of AI and blockchain.

Mr Tan Ken Hwee Chief Transformation and Innovation Officer of The Supreme Court

Ms Eunice Chua CEO of Financial Industry Dispute Resolution Centre

Ms Asha Hemrajani CEO of visioclara.tech

Moderated by Mr Ban Jiun Ean Executive Director of Singapore Mediation Centre

15:45 Refreshment Break

16:15 INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS: TOWARDS A UNIFORM MEDIATION PRACTICE CODE

- A DREAM OR A STARTING POINT?

It is undeniable that mediation has grown from strength to strength and is clearly here to stay. The impact of the Singapore Convention and the increasing importance of mediation in resolving international commercial disputes also means an increasing need to ensure that standards of mediation are established and maintained. This is not just important from a normative perspective. As the Singapore Convention provides for the refusal to enforce a mediated settlement agreement if there was a serious breach of standards applicable to the mediator or mediation, this has tremendous practical implications as well.

This panel will explore the need for a Uniform Mediation Practice Code, the challenges and competing interests involved, and possible ways of navigating the problem.

Mr Iu Ting-Kwok Founder and Director of Asia Conflict Resolution Institute Limited

Ms Ana Maria Maia Gonçalves Founder and Director of Instituto de Certificacao e Formacao de mediadores lusófonos [Institute for Training and Certification of mediators in the lusophone countries]

Moderated by Professor Joel Lee Chairman of Singapore International Mediation Institute

17:00 Closing 

 
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Public CPD Points: 4.5

Practice Area: Alternative Dispute Resolution

Training Level: General 

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