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Should Australia sign the Singapore convention on mediation ?

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Professors Khory McCormick and Rajesh Sharma will discuss the benefits of Australia signing the Singapore convention.

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Should Australia Sign the Singapore Convention on Mediation?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 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 which inter alia, limits professionals seeking opportunities to provide services on the world stage. 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 present at the historic signing event.

Professor 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 rank Khory 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) and has presented 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 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 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 the 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.

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