The Singapore Convention on Mediation will be signed by more than 30 UN member countries, allowing the enforcement of mediated settlements across borders

SingaporeJAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, and the Society of Mediation Professionals (Singapore) are pleased to announce that they will be hosting an interactive think tank discussion in Singapore on August 8, 2019, titled “Singapore Convention on Mediation: Life After 7 August 2019.” The discussion will celebrate the August 7 signing of the United Nations trade dispute resolution treaty, known as the Singapore Convention on Mediation.

Over 50 countries will have the opportunity to sign the Singapore Convention, with 30—including the United States and China—already expected to do so. The treaty will allow member countries to enforce mediated settlements across borders.

“The treaty will serve as a promise for the future of international mediation, much like the 1958 New York Convention did for international arbitration,” said Chris Poole, JAMS president and CEO. “This is a momentous event in the legal community, on a global scale. JAMS and our partners at the Society of Mediation Professionals (Singapore) look forward to celebrating this development with leaders in the industry.”

The think tank will feature a series of panel discussions with 16 industry leaders, including JAMS Senior Vice President, Chief Legal & Operating Officer Kimberly Taylor and neutral Gary Birnberg. In a recent article, Mr. Birnberg predicted that, while educational efforts on the benefits of mediation are still necessary, the Singapore Convention will ultimately be seen as “a tipping point in the adoption of mediation, thanks to its having addressed the foremost criticism of mediation.”

Panelists at the think tank will discuss the practicalities of adoption and integration of cross-border mediation as an effective dispute resolution mechanism, with a particular focus on regional perceptions.

The invite-only event will be available to the public via live stream, which will be accessible here starting at 10:00 Singapore Standard Time.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 10.00 – 10.30: Opening and Introductions
  • 10.30 – 11.45: Panelists and participants will survey issues pertaining to the global development and success of the Singapore Convention.
  • 12.00 – 13.15: Views from the Middle East, Asia and Oceania
  • 14.30 – 15.45: Views from the U.K., Europe and the Americas
  • 16.00 – 17.00: Summary, Conclusions and Next Steps