46 countries sign the Singapore Convention on mediated settlements today

After extensive discussions between member states, the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, also known as the Singapore Convention, was signed today. A total of 46 countries signed the Convention, including the world’s two largest economies, the US and China, and several of the largest economies in Asia. This is the … Read more

Singapore International Mediation Centre signs MOU with China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission and Korean Commercial Arbitration Board

The Mane Forum was held today in Singapore on the eve of a historic moment – the signing of the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, also known as the Singapore Convention. This morning, the Singapore International Mediation Centre signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China International Economic and Trade Arbitration … Read more

Justin D’Agostino to lead ICC Court’s new Belt and Road Commission

Justin D’Agostino, Herbert Smith Freehills’ Global Head of Disputes, has been appointed chair of a new ICC Court commission to develop the ICC’s approach to dispute resolution procedures for China’s Belt and Road initiative. “There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ method of resolving Belt and Road disputes. But there is a concerted effort to encourage mediation clauses … Read more

The role of mediation in the resolution of belt and road disputes

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has gained huge momentum of late, with governments, companies and lawyers keen to maximise the many opportunities it presents. The resolution of disputes arising from the BRI is no exception. The sheer complexity and scale of BRI projects is prompting a welcome review of dispute resolution processes, with a … Read more

Launch of landmark global conference series on the future of dispute resolution

Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce the launch of The Global Pound Conference (GPC) Series 2016-17. The aim of this ambitious worldwide conference series is to build a global conversation about the current landscape of civil and commercial dispute resolution and how dispute resolution tools and institutions should respond to the needs of 21st century business.  In particular, it … Read more

ADR in Asia – a practical guide to mediation in Hong Kong

Last week, we published the first article from our ADR in Asia Guide. This summarised the main ADR processes and their use across Asia. Here, you can access the second article from our Guide – a practical guide to mediation. It is five years since the Civil Justice Reform (CJR) put mediation at the heart … Read more

ADR in Asia  – overview of key ADR processes

We previously reported the publication of our new ADR in Asia Guide. As well as distilling the results of our client survey on mediation in Hong Kong, the Guide contains a summary of the main ADR processes and their use across Asia. This summary also contains our Dispute Resolution Wheel, which explains at a glance the … Read more

Med-Arb – an Alternative Dispute Resolution practice

The practice of combining the mediation and arbitration processes (referred to as “med-arb” below) is known as both “med-arb” and “arb-med”, depending on which process was initiated first. This process involves the same person acting both (i) as a mediator in seeking to facilitate a settlement between the parties, and (ii) as an arbitrator to … Read more