Lawyer Monthly - November 2022

the Singapore Government’s role in helping to facilitate opportunities for the legal industry. She said, “The launch of UNCITRAL Academy here in Singapore as part of the Singapore Convention Week has been a dream of ours – to turn our legislative work into practice as close as possible to the end user and their needs.” During a fireside chat on the evolution of dispute resolution in Asia, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law Edwin Tong SC shared Singapore’s journey to becoming a leading centre for international commercial dispute resolution. He also expressed optimism about growing opportunities for young practitioners in Asia as new areas and opportunities emerge in the region. Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Law, Rahayu Mahzam launched the second edition THOUGHT LEADER 73 of the Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy’s (SIDRA) Singapore Convention on Mediation Commentary Book during the UNCITRAL Academy Conference. The Conference also hosted rich panel discussions on pertinent topics such as investor-state dispute settlement reforms and dispute resolution in relation to the digital economy, climate change and various specialised fields. Three UNCITRAL Academy CapacityBuilding Workshops were held virtually over two days: 1. The Government Capacity-Building Workshop, supported by SIDRA, featured a panel of speakers who provided perspectives from various jurisdictions on signing and ratifying the Singapore Convention on Mediation. Speakers and participants also exchanged views on various topics relating to the Convention and its implementation. 2. The Industry Capacity-Building Workshop, supported by the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC), provided participants an opportunity to hear views from international dispute resolution practitioners and experts on common user concerns regarding mediation, which included insights on issues such as confidentiality and guiding principles when drafting settlement agreements. 3. At the Investor-State Dispute Settlement Capacity-Building Workshop, supported by SIDRA and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), panellists explored recent developments in Investor-State mediation and took a deep dive into the practical considerations surrounding such mediation through different stakeholders’ perspectives.

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