Mr K Shanmugam
Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, Singapore

Mr K Shanmugam

A very warm welcome to all delegates, to Singapore and to the Singapore Convention Signing Ceremony and Conference.

The United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, also known as the Singapore Convention on Mediation, is the missing third piece in the international dispute resolution enforcement framework, which currently includes the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards and the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements. It will help enhance the cross-border enforceability of mediated settlement and businesses will benefit with greater certainty and assurance.

Singapore is most honoured to be hosting the signing of the Singapore Convention on Mediation. The strong turnout of country representatives and delegates from around the world is testament to the global support for this landmark multilateral treaty.

I wish all of you a fruitful time at the Singapore Convention Signing Ceremony and Conference and an enjoyable stay in Singapore.

Ms Anna Joubin-Bret
Secretary, UNCITRAL

Anna Joubin-Bret

The United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation (the "Singapore Convention on Mediation") was adopted on 20 December 2018 by the General Assembly resolution 73/198. This Convention applies to international settlement agreements resulting from mediation. It is an instrument to facilitate international trade and to promote mediation as an alternative method of resolving disputes. As a binding instrument, it is expected to bring certainty and stability to the international framework on mediation, thereby contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, mainly the Goal 16 on promoting just, peaceful and inclusive societies.

The Singapore Convention on Mediation shall be open for signature in Singapore on 7 August 2019, and thereafter at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Revoking the resolution 73/198, we would like to express our appreciation again to the Government of Singapore for its offer to host a signing ceremony for the Convention in Singapore.

Programme at a Glance

8.00am

Networking Breakfast

(Please arrive early for security screening. Doors close at 9.15am.)

9.20am

Opening of Signing Ceremony and Conference

9.30am

Formal Addresses By:
  • Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister, Singapore
  • Mr António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations (via video)
  • Mr Stephen Mathias, Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, United Nations

10.00am

Singapore Convention on Mediation Signing Ceremony

11.00am

PANEL 1

Multilateralism, International Collaboration and Rule of Law in an Evolving World

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Marty Natalegawa, Former Foreign Minister, Indonesia
  • Mr Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara, CEO, Temasek International Pte Ltd
  • The Honourable Judge Xue Hanqin, Vice-President, International Court of Justice

Moderator:

  • Prof Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large, Singapore and Professor of Law, National University of Singapore

12.30pm

Lunch-time Panel on the Negotiation of the Convention on Mediation

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mr Itai Apter, Director, International Civil Affairs, Office of the Deputy Attorney General (International Law), Israel Ministry of Justice
  • Mr Héctor Flores Sentíes, Partner, Abascal Flores y Segovia
  • Prof Jaemin Lee, Professor of International Law, School of Law, Seoul National University
  • Dr Norel Rosner, Legal and Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, European Commission
  • Mr Tim Schnabel, Former Attorney, Office of the Legal Adviser, United States Department of State

Moderator:

  • Ms Corinne Montineri, Senior Legal Officer, UNCITRAL Secretariat, United Nations

1.50pm

PANEL 2

The Future of International Dispute Resolution: Challenges and Opportunities for Access to Justice

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Prof Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, President, International Council for Commercial Arbitration
  • The Honourable Justice Anselmo Reyes, International Judge, Singapore International Commercial Court
  • The Honourable Justice Edward Torgbor, Former Judge of the High Court, Kenya and Visiting Academic, University of Oxford

Moderator:

  • Mr George Lim, SC, Chairman, Singapore International Mediation Centre
(Breakout sessions held concurrently)

3.20pm

PANEL 3

The Rise of Mediation: Bridging Differences for Tomorrow

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Ambassador Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, Former Foreign Advisor (Foreign Minister), Bangladesh, and Principal Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies
  • Prof Thomas J. Stipanowich, William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution and Professor of Law, Pepperdine University

Moderator:

  • Prof Lucy Reed, Director, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore
(Breakout sessions held concurrently)

4.30pm

Closing Remarks

Conference ends at 5.00pm

7.00pm

Singapore Convention Gala Dinner

Keynote address by:

  • Mr Heng Swee Keat, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Singapore
*Programme accurate as of 18 July 2019.

The Singapore Convention Signing Ceremony and Conference will be held on 6 and 7 August 2019 as part of the Singapore Convention Week.

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International Dispute Resolution Survey

In conjunction with the Singapore Convention Signing Cermony and Conference, the Singapore Ministry of Law has commissioned the Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy (SIDRA) to conduct a survey to gain insights into the latest trends and developments in international dispute resolution. The survey is available in the six official languages of the United Nations – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

SIDRA has engaged the Forensic Services department of PwC South East Asia Consulting to administer the Survey. Please click here to request a unique Survey link. Survey returns will be consolidated and all participants to the survey will receive a copy of the survey results.

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