About the Lecture



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

Singapore’s Voyage Across the World Map of Mediation – Past, Present, Future

Singapore will be hosting the signing ceremony of the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, also known as the Singapore Convention on Mediation, on 7th August this year. 

A game-changer for international dispute resolution, the Convention is significant in the development of international commercial mediation globally. Similar to the New York Convention in arbitration, it addresses a key limitation of mediation and facilitates for the first time the enforcement of mediated settlement agreements across borders. More importantly, it plants the Singapore flag on the world map of mediation and strengthens Singapore’s strong position as a leading dispute resolution hub in the world. 

How did Singapore embark on this mediation journey and come so far? With the Convention open for signature in August, what does it mean for countries, businesses and practitioners in the long run? How will dispute resolution evolve moving forward and how can the legal and business community adapt to harness the new opportunities that arise? 

Mr Edwin Tong SC, Senior Minister of State for Law and Health, will address these issues and share his perspectives on the past, present and future of mediation for Singapore. He will share on Singapore’s role in growing mediation locally and globally, review Singapore’s present achievements in the international dispute resolution space, and provide suggestions on how the government, bench, bar, businesses and academia can work together to harness the benefits of the Convention and mediation.