Written Answer by Minister for Law, K Shanmugam, on Singapore Convention on Mediation
Mr Christopher de Souza, Member of Parliament for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC
To ask the Minister for Law (a) what is Singapore’s contribution to the anticipated Singapore Convention on Mediation to be signed in August 2019; (b) how will the Convention be promoted; and (c) how is Singapore preparing the legal industry for it.
On 25 June 2018, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) at its 51st session in New York, decided to recommend to the 73rd United Nations General Assembly the following:
- first, to adopt a United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation;
- second, to authorise a signing ceremony for the Convention to be held as soon as practicable in 2019 in Singapore; and
- third, for the Convention to be known as the “Singapore Convention on Mediation”.
The Commission also adopted the Model Law on International Commercial Mediation and International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation.