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.