In June of 2017, SIDRA welcomed a number of senior foreign government officials to Singapore for three days of training on International Dispute Resolution. The topics covered included the role of international courts, international enforcement regimes, international dispute resolution in commercial disputes and investment disputes, and the emergence of cross-border mediation. The training team was led by SIDRA’s Academic Director and CEO, Professor Nadja Alexander. A distinguished panel of Singaporean and international experts opened the training. Presentations followed by representatives of the ICC, the ICJ, and experts on investment and commercial disputes. In addition, delegates visited Maxwell Chambers to meet and hear from senior representatives of Singapore’s suite of dispute resolution services. They also engaged directly with experts in third party funding, apology legislation, and online dispute resolution during “buzz group” sessions.
Delegates to the training hailed from diverse backgrounds, some coming from as far as the Balkans, West Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East. The SIDRA training team capitalized on this natural diversity, relying on SIDRA’s expertise in cross-cultural, cross-border dispute resolution to provide an inclusive and vibrant learning experience for everyone in the group. The week was, all around, an excellent launch to SIDRA’s mission to equip government officials with the knowledge to confidently lead their countries and communities into the future of international dispute resolution.