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On March 18, 2019, please join us at Cardozo Law School, for a symposium to celebrate and explore The New Singapore Convention on Mediated Settlements. The need for the Convention and its significance, the role of UNCITRAL, legal issues surrounding mediated settlements, and key issues debated in the Convention’s adoption will be explored.

CLE credits will be available.


The New Singapore Mediation Convention

March 18, 2019

Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, 55 Fifth Avenue, NYC

The Jed Melnick Symposium of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution and

Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Purpose: Develop a reference book on the new UN Singapore Convention on Mediated Settlements. The book—to be published as a dedicated issue of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution—will cover keys topics relevant to any country considering adopting the Mediation Convention. Most of its chapters will be written by authors who served as delegates at the UN during the drafting of the Convention.

8:30-9:00 Coffee and Welcome Breakfast

Breakfast sponsored by the International Center for Dispute Resolution/American Arbitration Association

9:00am Welcome Remarks:

  • Deans Melanie Leslie (Cardozo) and Dean Harry Ballan (Touro)
  • Professor Hal Abramson (Touro)
  • Nick Gliagias, Editor-in-Chief of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution
  • Professor Lela Love (Cardozo)

Panel 1. UNCITRAL’s Connection to Mediation, The Multi-party Process of Creating the Convention, and the Convention’s Significance

Moderator: Professor Lela Love

Panelists:

  • Corinne Montineri, Legal Officer, UNCITRAL: UNCITRAL’s function within the UN and the Significance of the Convention
  • Tim Schnabel, former head of U.S. Delegation: From idea to formal proposal before UN Working Group II and the significance of the Convention
  • Hal Abramson, IMI and IAM Delegate: Working Group II deliberations as a multi-party process

Panel 2. The Need for a Convention: Legal Issues Engendered by Mediated Settlement Agreements

Speaker: Professor James Coben, Mitchell-Hamline School of Law

Panel 3. The Need for a Convention: Users’ Perspectives (Reports on Empirical Studies)

Moderator: Edna Sussman, Independent Arbitrator and Mediator

Panelists:

  • Professor S.I. Strong, University of Missouri School of Law, American Society of International Law Delegate, The role of empirical research and dispute system design in proposing and developing the Singapore Convention
  • Deborah Masucci, Independent Arbitrator/Mediator, Co-chair, International Mediation Institute (IMI), Head of IMI Delegation, and Chair of the NYSBA Dispute Resolution Section Data from the Global Pound Conference
  • Professor David Weiss, New Jersey City University Institute for Dispute Resolution (NJCU-IDR), IMI Delegate, Data regarding business users from the NJCU-IDR report released under a joint task force with IMI

Panel 4. Key Issues for Mediators: Scope of the Convention and Proof of a Mediated Settlement Agreement

Moderator: TBA

Panelists:

  • Professor Ellen Deason, Ohio State University Law School, American Society of International Law Delegate: Limitation to commercial disputes and exclusion of family, employment, and consumer disputes (Art.1&2)
  • Allan Stitt, Canadian Delegate: The many different ways to prove that a mediation occurred (Art. 4(1))

Panel 5. Is the Convention an Improvement over the Status Quo? Expeditious enforcement, protection of parties, and defenses against enforcement

Moderator: Eric Tuchmann, General Counsel for AAA (American Arbitration Association)

Panelists:

  • Michel Kallipetis, IAM Delegate: Mediator misconduct defenses (Art.5(1)(e)&(f))
  • Jean-Christophe Boulet, Belgium Delegate Other defenses, including contrary to public policy (Art. 5(1)(a-d)&(2))
  • Hector Flores Senties, Mexican Delegate: Other defenses, including contrary to public policy (Art. 5(1)(a-d)&(2))

Panel 6. Interactions with Other Instruments and Laws, “Recognition and Enforcement” Solution, and Opt-Out Provision

Moderator: Kim Taylor, Chief Legal and Operating Officer, JAMS

Panelists:

  • Tim Schnabel, Former Head of U.S. Delegation: Recognition and Enforcement (Art. 3)
  • Norel Rosner, EU Delegate: Coordination with other enforcement regimes, states’ opt-in option, and participation by regional economic integration organizations (Art. 1(3), 8(1)(b), & 12)
  • Itai Apter, Israeli Delegate: Reservations, Opt-in and Opt-Out Options (Art.8(1)&(2))

5:00pm Closing Remarks: Reflections, Next Steps for Adoption by States, and Good Memories Song

Moderator: Hal Abramson, IMI and IAM Delegate

Panelists:

  • Tim Schnabel, former head of U.S. Delegation
  • Corinne Montineri, Legal Officer, UNCITRAL Secretariat

5:00-6:30 Wine and Cheese Reception

Reception sponsored by JAMS

Confirmed Speakers and Contributors to Book on Singapore Mediation Convention

A Speakers Dinner at the Players Club, Gramercy Park, the evening before the symposium, is being hosted by Professor David Weiss, founder and director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution (IDR) at New Jersey City University.

Professor Hal Abramson, Touro Law School, International Mediation Institute (IMI) and International Academy of Mediators (IAM) Delegate

Itai Apter, Israeli Delegate

Jean-Christophe Boulet, Belgium Delegate

Professor James Coben, Mitchell-Hamline School of Law

Professor Ellen Deason, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University, American Society of International Law (ASIL) Delegate

Deborah Masucci, International Mediation Institute (IMI) Delegate

Michel Kallipetis, International Academy of Mediators (IAM) Delegate

Corinne Montineri, UNCITRAL Secretariat

Norel Rosner, EU Delegate

Tim Schnabel, US Delegate

Allan Stitt, Canadian Delegate

Professor S.I. Strong, University of Missouri Law School, American Society of International Law (ASIL) Delegate

Hector Flores Senties, Mexican Delegate

Professor David Weiss, New Jersey City University, International Mediation Institute (IMI) Delegate

Contributor to Book only:

Natalie Morris-Sharma, Singapore’s legal advisor to UN and Chair of UNCITRAL Working Group II

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