Could the Singapore Convention on Mediation be to Mediation what the New York Convention is for Arbitration?

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By Aisha Ado Abdullahi

Director, Dispute Resolution Centre of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreement resulting from Mediation “The Singapore Convention on Mediation”, was open for signature on the 7th of August 2019, in a signing ceremony in Singapore where 46 Countries signed. The Convention essentially focuses on the enforceability of a settlement agreement that arises out of international commercial Mediation. It excludes personal consumer disputes, family disputes, inheritance and employment disputes. It serves to boost the confidence of disputants in a cross-border Commercial Mediation that any agreement reached as a result of Mediation is enforceable. 

JAMS Mediation, Arbitration, ADR services formerly known as Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services incorporated in collaboration with Society of Mediation Professionals (Singapore) and the Mediation Committee of the International Bar Association convened a stakeholder event to deliberate over the prospects and challenges of the Singapore convention on the 8th of August 2019, titled: The Singapore Convention: “Life after 7th August 2019” A Global Think Tank. Participants expressed their views and concerns from various jurisdictions such as Asia, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States and Europe. Discussions centered around the impact of the Singapore Conventions on: Ethical and Professional issues on Mediation representation, Mediation as a profession, fee arrangements that supports Mediation and views on the future of Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). 

What is the African perspective? We shall highlight these in the next edition of “GIST”  

List of Singapore Convention signees: 

Singapore

Afghanistan 

Belarus

Benin 

Brunei 

Chile 

China 

Colombia 

Congo 

Democratic Republic of Congo 

Eswatini 

Fiji 

Georgia 

Grenada 

Haiti 

Honduras 

India 

Iran 

Israel 

Jamaica 

Jordan 

Kazakhstan 

Laos 

Malaysia 

Maldives 

Mauritius 

Montenegro 

Nigeria 

North

Macedonia 

Palau

 Paraguay 

Philippines 

Qatar 

Republic of Korea 

Samoa 

Saudi Arabia 

Serbia 

Sierra Leone 

Sri Lanka 

Timor-Leste 

Turkey 

Uganda 

Ukraine 

United States of America 

Uruguay 

Venezuela  

REFERENCE:

• file:///Applications/WhatsApp.app/Contents/Resources/app.asar/index.html# 

• https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiEvPTz_LHkAhVjo3EKHdnGC18QFjAEegQIAxAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.uncitral.org%2Fpdf%2Fenglish%2Fcommissionsessions%2F51st-session%2FAnnex_I.pdf&usg=AOvVaw1DLPKdnqLxPpyJqPtgBA3j 

• www.singaporeconvention.org 

• The Singapore Convention: “Life after 7 August 209”. A Global Think Tank.

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