In February of this year, UNCITRAL Working Group II convened in New York City once again to finalise the language of the Convention on the Enforcement of International Mediated Settlement Agreements and adopted another powerful legal instrument: a Model Law on International Mediation. SIDRA’s Academic Director, Professor Nadja Alexander, was in attendance at the Working Group Meeting, and reported back to the global mediation community about the exciting developments on the Kluwer Mediation Blog.
The decision to adopt both legal instruments – a Convention and a Model Law – is a testament to the creativity and determination of Working Group II, at which Singapore is represented by Ms Natalie Morris Sharma, Director of the International Legal Division at the Singapore Ministry of Law. The Convention – which has since been announced officially as the Singapore Convention – creates a new enforcement regime for cross-border mediation settlements arising from disputes related to commercial activity or other transactions not including personal, family, inheritance, or employment issues. The Model Law will constitute a significant amendment to the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Conciliation, which has seen low uptake compared to the Model Law on Arbitration.