SIMI is proud to share that the Singapore International Mediation Workshop (SIMW) 2018, Mediation Advocacy Edition, has successfully concluded this September at the NUS Faculty of Law.
This year's SIMW is the first ever edition featuring a basic introduction to mediation skills and mediation advocacy (that means attending a mediation as a counsel!) to students from both Singapore and overseas. Over 20 visiting law students from Kobe University, Japan, embarked on this exciting learning journey alongside local law students.
Participants benefited from exciting role-plays, engaging seminars and tours to the Supreme Court, Singapore Mediation Centre and Maxwell Chambers. They also got an invaluable opportunity to observe professional SIMI Mediators facilitating the mediation process while they played the role of counsels and received feedback from experienced facilitators.
"What makes preparing clients for a mediation so different from litigation?
Is there a structured way I can prepare for a mediation?
How different are foreign law students’ approach to a mediation?”
As always, this workshop would not have run successfully without the support and efforts of many people. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to:
-- Singapore Mediation Centre for their sponsorship and arranging talks for the SMC tour;
-- Pokka Singapore for being our exclusive beverage sponsor;
-- Peacemakers Consulting Services for their help in running and organising the workshop;
-- The National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law for their support;
-- Volunteer Facilitators for providing guidance to the participants and helping us with the logistics;
-- Volunteer SIMI Mediators for taking the time to coach and share their experiences with the participants; and
-- Maxwell Chambers and the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) for running the tour.
Last but not least, we would like to thank Kobe University for sharing this opportunity with their students in Japan, and to their professors and students who have flown in to Singapore. We hope this will be the start of a meaningful and sustainable relationship.