About the Lecture



The Singapore Mediation Lecture series aims to enhance the understanding and use of mediation in resolving cross-border commercial disputes.


Mediation began centuries ago, in Asia and Africa, as a third party facilitated or commanded dispute resolution process, usually by a respected elder. In modern times, mediation is associated with voluntary, party-tailored agreements to resolve all types of disputes with a focus on the future and better decision-making.  

More recently, Mediation 2.0 or “mediation-lite” has evolved and refers to situations where court systems, form contracts or boilerplate dispute resolution clauses “force” parties to attend mediation sessions, with limited or no control over the choice of mediators or dispute outcomes.

Mediation 3.0 recognises new developments in the theory and practice of mediation: the use of technology (and “online dispute resolution” for new forms of “digital justice”), the legal and social cultural variations in the use of mediation processes (differentiated forms of and “uptake” of mediation models in court systems and other private settings in different parts of the world), and a move towards more expertise (a new form of “wise elder”) in the mediator.

The Lecture will explore the roots of the old as we reconfigure mediation to meet the needs of a more diverse and globalised legal system and society. How can modern technology and social/legal culture be harnessed to improve dispute resolution? What issues, tensions and dilemmas exist and what does the new world of dispute resolution offer for solutions to increase access to justice?

The Singapore Mediation Lecture is proudly brought to you by Eversheds Harry Elias Partnership LLP and Singapore Mediation Centre, in collaboration with the Singapore Management University.