Moving on

Dear readers

You’ll have noted a seriously diminished flow of writing on this site in recent times, as I moved over to a regular blogging spot on the Kluwer Mediation Blog. Now that I have shifted back from Singapore to New Zealand, I have less immediate access to the life and world of mediation in Singapore (in particular) and Asia (in general), though no less interest in developments there. For that reason, I will be closing down this blog.

However, I retain the intellectual property – for the time being – in the title and name “MediAsian”. I am aware that the term has acquired some currency in various publications in Singapore, which I’m happy about. And what I’d now like to do is see whether any individuals, organisations, or institutions are interested in taking over – that is acquiring – the name.

If you are, write to me at ianmacduff@mac.com

Thank you for your previous visits to this site



Results of IMI Survey

I’m pleased to add here the recent information from the IMI on the survey, which I last noted in my December entry, last year. This is the memo from IMI:

We are pleased to share with you the results of the IMI 2016 International Mediation & ADR Survey, which are now published on the IMI Portal:


In total, 815 participants completed this census survey, from mediation users, mediators, advisors, educators, students, providers and other stakeholders. The survey was designed to gather census data as well as views about Mediation & ADR Awareness. As statistical data in this area is still largely in its infancy, the results were particularly insightful and eye opening.

We very much appreciate the time and participation of all survey respondents. Their insight into conciliatory methods is of particular value to the Alternative Dispute Resolution community at a time when conflicts between businesses, governments and individuals are rapidly escalating on numerous fronts.

Certainly as IMI approaches its 10th anniversary, this information (and the many additional written comments submitted with this overview) will help us to prioritise efforts to raise the profile of mediation and ADR around the world. We hope the survey also inspires you to generate ideas in your own communities on how to continue to grow mediation and ADR as a viable alternative to drawn out legal proceedings.

Kind regards,

Ute A. Joas Quinn and the Survey Team
International Mediation Institute

The International Mediation Institute is conducting its biennial survey on mediation use and awareness. Your responses will assist in gathering a snapshot of mediation use:

Academia, business and governments universally declare mediation the most cost-effective and quickest manner to resolve conflicts. But do the majority of civil and commercial players even know the practical aspects of this game changer enough to use it with confidence? Have we done our best to let them know?

(see link at the bottom of the page)

The International Mediation Institute (IMI) invites YOU and YOUR COLLEAGUES to participate in a brief biennial survey to gather information about Mediation & ADR Awareness, IMI Performance, and YOU. IMI launches initiatives to promote worldwide growth of practical and sustainable conflict resolution systems. By completing the survey we can:

  • Find out what matters most to you about resolving conflicts,
  • Tell others what you are up against when it comes to conflict management,
  • Grow mediation by building awareness and support, and
  • Enhance the IMI organization to make it fit for YOUR needs.

Please forward the survey to people whose opinion you value!

If you participate in the survey by December 31, 2015 and leave your contact details at the end of the Survey, you will be included in a drawing for a free entrance into one of the unique IMI Global Pound Conference Seriesevents of your choosing in any of 36 cities in 26 countries (see http://globalpoundconference.org/) as our way of thanking you for making the time to give us your input.

Survey results will be sent to all who include their contact details in advance of being posted on the IMI Webportal.

We appreciate your time and participation.

About the International Mediation Institute (“IMI”)

IMI is a non-profit public interest initiative to grow mediation by driving transparency

and high competency standards into mediation practice across all fields, worldwide.
The basics of IMI in a Nutshell can be found here: 





The Global Pound Conference [GPC] series has now been officially launched and you are invited to attend on of the forthcoming 36 planned meetings in 26 countries.

What is the series? This is an initiative of the International Mediation Institute (IMI) in The Hague, taking its name from Professor Roscoe Pound, former Dean of Harvard Law School, and reflecting the first conference, 40 years ago, that effectively launched the modern ADR “movement”.

The aim of the GPC series is to bring together providers and users of [broadly] non-judicial dispute processes, along with academics, government agencies, policy makers, mediators for a conversation . . . as the web site says:

The goal of the Global Pound Conference (“GPC”) Series is to create a conversation about what can be done to improve access to justice and the quality of justice around the world in civil and commercial conflicts.  The approach taken involves engaging all stakeholders in the field of dispute prevention and resolution worldwide via locally-based events.  The events will gather data intended to enable the dispute resolution market and all participants to consider whether there are reasons (and if so how) to adapt existing services to be optimally aligned to disputants’ needs and means.

The first of the planned series (following a pilot in London last year) will take place in Singapore in March 2016.

For information about the series, see: http://www.globalpoundconference.org and http://w3.kenes-group.com/mailshot/congress/GPC/ms1.html

And on the Singapore event, see: http://singapore2016.globalpoundconference.org

I’m pleased to announce this year’s Harry Elias-Singapore Mediation Centre-Singapore Management University annual lecture in mediation.

The speaker will be Dr. Hans Peter Frick; and his topic will be “Embracing a Mediation Culture: How your Company Benefits”.

Further information on the lecture and registration can be found here: http://law.smu.edu.sg/SML2015

It’s been quiet over here on this blog for some time: these days I’m usually to be seen over at the Kluwer Mediation blog. However, in case there is anyone who occasionally checks in on this site, I also recommend that you check here:


These academies in arbitration and mediation have been running for over decade (slightly less for the mediation academy) and provide a unique experiment in running parallel sessions in the two forms of private dispute resolution, dealing with the same set of facts of a commercial deal that has gone sour. The final day sees the arbitration and mediation groups brought together to compare notes and outcomes.

The links to comments on the academies’ website will give you an idea of what participants have thought of previous years’ experience.

While both academies are pitched as good entry-points for aspiring arbitrators and mediators, we’ve seen a considerable range in age and experience, so it’s not entirely a young persons’ event.

I do recommend these academies (with the obvious disclaimer, as I’ve been on the teaching faculty of the mediation programme for the past few years).

I’m pleased to let you know that the Annual Singapore Mediation lecture will be held on Friday 26th September, at Singapore Management University. The speaker this year is Mr Brackett Denniston III, Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel for General Electric Company (GE). His theme will be: “The Mediation Imperative: Why Successful Companies Embrace Mediation.”

The Singapore Mediation Lecture is proudly brought to you by Harry Elias Partnership LLP and Singapore Mediation Centre, in collaboration with the Singapore Management University.

Admission to the lecture is free but your registration is required, through the website address below.

For information on the lecture, please visit: http://law.smu.edu.sg/SML2014