Singapore Convention on Mediation: A Historic Evolution of the Mediation Landscape​s

Ayushi Saumya
Symbiosis Law School, Pune, India.

Volume III, Issue V, 2020

The mere fact that mediated settlement agreements are voluntarily entered into does not ensure that they will always be honoured. The lack of a harmonized approach to the enforcement of mediated settlement agreements proved detrimental to the growth of mediation. With an objective to enforce mediated settlement agreements, the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation (“Singapore Convention on Mediation”) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. The historic Convention recently came into force on 12 September 2020. The Singapore Convention on Mediation addresses the existing vacuum of enforceability and thereby facilitates resolution of cross-border disputes through mediation. This article discusses the scope of its application and the key elements of the Convention while also exploring its future implications on the mediation landscape. Further, it also seeks to analyse the Convention from an Indian perspective.

Keywords: convention, mediation, Singapore, enforcement, settlement, international