CIIM Volume 8
This is the eighth volume in the widely acclaimed series, "Contemporary Issues in Mediation", and was officially launched on 24 October 2023 at the NUS Faculty of Law.
CIIM Volume 8 is a collection of the best entries of the 8th Singapore International Mediation Institute Annual Mediation Essay Competition.
It has been three years since the ratification of the Singapore Convention on Mediation (“SCM”). The SCM has arguably created a profound impact on thought leadership in the area of mediation and has since engendered rich discourse on its applicability and feasibility in the world of modern mediation practice. These developments highlight and underscore the SCM’s increasing importance in the ongoing effort to recognise mediation globally as a legitimate and effective means of dispute resolution. CIIM Volume 8 adds further food for thought to this rich discourse with nine thought-provoking essays that shed light on the diversity of issues and challenges that define the contemporary mediation landscape today.
The SCM is one of the central topics discussed in this volume. The top entry, “Operationalising Article 5(1)(e) of the Singapore Convention on Mediation” scrutinises the definition and required threshold of certain terms used in the aforementioned Article in the SCM, and discusses whether evidentiary proof requirements may affect the confidentiality of the mediation process. Other essays on this topic highlight certain challenges of the SCM from a more macro perspective, such as the reasons behind the hesitation in adopting the SCM in both the European Union and China.
Another central topic examined in this volume is the multitude of issues surrounding mediation in the context of family disputes. The essays in this volume discuss, inter alia, the unique role of a family mediator in dealing with “high conflict personalities”, the inter-relatedness of mediation, therapeutic justice and the family justice system in Singapore, and whether it would be in the “best interest” of children to be involved in divorce mediation processes.
Aside from these two central topics, the other essays in this volume also provide meaningful discussions on mediator burnout, the potentially oxymoronic nature of mandatory mediation, and the tension between confidentiality and transparency in investor-State mediation processes.