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.

10 Oct 2017: Singapore Mediation Lecture 2017



10 October 2017, 5.00 pm


Singapore Management University, Mochtar Riady Auditorium


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


For queries please contact:
Ms Sywell See
Tel: 6332 8377
Fax: 6333 5085
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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 aimed to create an increased understanding of the use of mediation in commercial dispute resolution.

The lecture is free for all and registration for the 6th Singapore Mediation Lecture is now open.

About the Lecture

Mediation 3.0: Merging the Old and the New 

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?

About the Speaker

Carrie Menkel-Meadow is Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine and AB Chettle Professor of Law, Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure at Georgetown University Law Center.

She is one of the founders of the modern “Alternative/Appropriate” Dispute Resolution field and has been a mediator, arbitrator, facilitator and strategic consultant in dispute resolution for over 30 years. She has consulted for the World Bank, the United Nations, the International Red Cross, and the Federal Judicial Center, amongst others in the United States. Her experience includes teaching and training lawyers, diplomats, government officials and students in international dispute resolution, mediation, negotiation, ethics and transnational law in 26 countries. To date, she has written 15 books and over 200 articles on dispute resolution.

Professor Menkel-Meadow is an honors graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Barnard College, Columbia University, and has been awarded three honorary doctorates for her work in dispute resolution and legal education. 

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