Mediation provides a cost-effectiveness and efficient alternative for businesses in challenging situations. SMC aims to reach out to our end-users, the business community, to increase awareness of the alternative dispute resolution systems in Singapore, especially mediation and advocate its benefits as a strategic tool for growth.

17 Oct 2019: Singapore Mediation Lecture 2019



17 October 2019, 5.00 pm Registration at 4.30 pm


Singapore Management University, Mochtar Riady Auditorium, Level 5


Dress Code: Business Attire
Strictly no casual wear (e.g. jeans, shorts, slippers, etc)


For queries please contact:
Ms Michelle Sim
Tel: 6332 5137
Fax: 6333 5085


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

This is an annual lecture 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.

About the Speaker

Mr Edwin Tong SC is the Senior Minister of State for Law and Health.

He was educated at St Joseph’s Institution, Raffles Junior College and later read law at the National University of Singapore.  Admitted to the Singapore Bar in 1995, Mr Edwin Tong SC practised extensively in corporate and commercial disputes, restructuring and insolvency matters, and international arbitration. He was made partner at Allen & Gledhill in 2000 and later appointed Senior Counsel.  At Allen & Gledhill, Mr Edwin Tong SC was concurrently Head of the Restructuring and Corporate Insolvency Department, Co-Head of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department and also a member of the firm’s Exco before he was appointed Senior Minister of State for Law and Health in July 2018.

Mr Edwin Tong SC was a leading lawyer at the Singapore Bar.  He has been consistently cited and recommended for his expertise in dispute resolution and as a restructuring and insolvency practitioner in various leading legal publications.  Chambers Asia-Pacific has describes him as “an outstanding lawyer” and “a renowned name in the market” (2017), as well as “one of the pre-eminent practitioners” (2018) in Singapore.  The Legal 500 Asia Pacific cites Mr Edwin Tong SC for his “excellent leadership, hands on approach and strategic outlook” of his practice and, in the 2018 edition of IFLR1000, he was ranked as a “Market Leader”, recognising him as a standout performer in the field of restructuring and insolvency.

Mr Edwin Tong SC was first elected into Parliament in 2011 and, since 2015, has been the Member of Parliament for the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency (GRC).  Between 2011 and July 2018, he was the Deputy Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Law & Home Affairs. In March 2018, he was selected to be part of a 10-member Select Committee tasked to look into ways to combat deliberate online falsehoods.  

He was a member of both the Insolvency Law Review Committee as well as the Committee to Strengthen Singapore as an International Centre for Debt Restructuring, which recommended significant changes to the insolvency and restructuring laws which aim to enhance Singapore’s effectiveness in facilitating international debt restructuring. 

Mr Edwin Tong SC is married with three children.  He has an active interest in football, and serves in a volunteer capacity with the Football Association of Singapore as its Vice-President.

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