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PDG event | Should Australia sign the Singapore Convention on Mediation?

with Khory McCormick and Rajesh Sharma

Thursday 31 October 2019 | Melbourne

On 7th August 2019 a historic event occurred in Singapore which impacts on the global mediation community, including Australia. Hear from Professors Khory McCormick and Rajesh Sharma who were both there from the inception of the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation (now also known as the Singapore Convention on Mediation) at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. Professor Sharma was also at the historic signing event.

On 7th August 2019, 46 countries signed the Singapore Convention on Mediation in Singapore. Australia did not. The signatories include the US, China and India. The key fact here is that the 46 signatory countries cover more than half of the world’s population and two thirds of the world’s trade.

The Singapore Convention increases the opportunities for mediators and other related professionals (including lawyers), and its potential far reaching implications should not be underestimated. Australia has not yet signed this Convention hence, inter alia, limiting our professionals seeking opportunities to provide services on the world stage.

If you want to learn more, find out what is really happening, make your own contribution, and perhaps hear from an international speaker on this very current topic, then this is a session not to be missed.


About presenters

Khory McCormick

With key roles across a range of alternative/appropriate dispute resolution bodies and with sector recognised expertise, confirmed by independent publications, Khory McCormick is a recognised market leader in the field of dispute and conflict resolution in the Australasian market and beyond.

After 35 years of practice as a partner at the top end of the commercial, public and private sector markets, Khory's opinion is widely sought across a broad spectrum of industry sectors. Peer rankings regularly ranking as a 'go to' adviser and a thought leader in terms of the future of dispute resolution particularly in cross border and cross-cultural contexts.

Khory recently represented Australia in UNCITRAL Working Group II: Arbitration and Conciliation the Singapore Convention and associated model law on the enforcement of international mediated settlements agreement.

He has been an institutional representative for entry into cooperation agreements in the ADR and arbitration spaces with both ICADR (India) and BANI (Indonesia) as well as spoken throughout the region in Korea, Taiwan, China, India, Indonesia and elsewhere.

Khory is listed both in Chambers Asia Arbitration (Australia) and in the International Who's Who ranking for International Commercial Mediators.

Rajesh Sharma

Rajesh is currently teaching as a Senior Lecturer at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. He is an Honorary Professor at Xiangtan University Law School and an Adjunct Professor at the Academy of International Dispute Resolution and Professional Negotiation. Before coming to Australia, he was Assistant Professor at the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong. He is a member of the Drafting Committee of the Dispute Resolution Rules for the Belt and Road, a member of the Drafting Committee for the Rules of Mediation for Asian Regional Mediation Organisation (ARMO) and lead drafter of the Arbitration Rules of Asia Pacific Centre for Arbitration and Mediation. He is a core member (representing Australia) on the Committee for the Establishment of the Centre of Excellence for Dispute Resolution for Indian Ocean Regional Association. Rajesh has been appointed as International Expert Mediator at the Hong Kong-Mainland Joint Mediation Centre, International Dispute Resolution and Risk Management Institute and Japan International Mediation Centre-Kyoto. He is a member of the Governing Board of the Indian Institute of Arbitration and Mediation, and a panel arbitrator at the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board. Rajesh has also conducted research and provided expert comments to UNCITRAL on mediation and conciliation. These works include conducting “An Evaluation of Mediation Law in Asia”, providing expert comments on “Draft Instrument on Enforcement of Settlement Agreement Across-border” and reported on “Possible Amendments in UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Conciliations”. Currently, Rajesh is working on the preparation of commentary on the Singapore Convention.

Thanks to Pitcher Partners for generously supporting this event.