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The Singapore Management University's New Centre For Dispute Resolution

by Geoff Sharp
April 2009

From the blog mediator blah...blah...

Geoff Sharp

I am delighted to break the news through this blog that my New Zealand colleague, Prof Ian Macduff (recently of Victoria University and now The Singapore Management University) is heading up SMU's new Centre for Dispute Resolution within its School of Law.

The Centre, which was announced in Singapore yesterday, will bring together top research calibre and teaching capabilities within SMU from mainstream fields of dispute resolution in commercial transactions such as arbitration, mediation and negotiation to new, emerging areas such as WTO dispute settlement, international peace negotiations, Islamic arbitration, cross-border disputes between nations and civilian conflict management.

Singapore is set to become an important hub for ADR in Asia and is signalling that intent in a number of ways, not least being the new Centre and the holding of the 1st Asian Mediation Association Conference in a couple of months time where this blog will have a place on the programme.

The conference is a product of the combined efforts of;

Delhi Mediation Centre
Hong Kong Mediation Centre
The Indonesian Mediation Center
Malaysian Mediation Centre
Philippine Mediation Center
Singapore Mediation Centre

Read more about the new Centre at SMU's website.

Biography


Geoff Sharp is a Commercial Mediator from Wellington, New Zealand. Geoff works in the Asia Pacific region, including New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand and Pacific Islands. He is a mediator resolving business problems. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Mediators and mediates complex and hotly debated litigation covering a wide range of subject matter from insurance disputes to historic sexual abuse claims.

Geoff is author of the award winning blog mediator blah...blah... a mediation blog experiment in reflective practice and the Mediation vBlog Project, a kind of mediation genome project by video blog.



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