06 AUG — (Tue)


Singapore Convention Welcome Reception
07 AUG — (Wed)


Networking Breakfast

(Please arrive early for security screening. Doors close at 9.15am.)


Opening of Signing Ceremony and Conference


Formal Addresses By:
  • Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister, Singapore
  • Mr António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations (via video)
  • Mr Stephen Mathias, Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, United Nations


Singapore Convention on Mediation Signing Ceremony



Multilateralism, International Collaboration and Rule of Law in an Evolving World

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Marty Natalegawa, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Indonesia
  • Mr Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara, CEO, Temasek International Pte Ltd
  • The Honourable Judge Xue Hanqin, Vice-President, International Court of Justice


  • Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore and Professor of Law, National University of Singapore
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Lunch-time Panel on the Negotiation of the Convention on Mediation

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mr Itai Apter, Director, International Civil Affairs, Office of the Deputy Attorney General (International Law), Ministry of Justice, Israel
  • Mr Héctor Flores Sentíes, Partner, Abascal Flores y Segovia
  • Professor Jaemin Lee, Professor of International Law, School of Law, Seoul National University
  • Dr Norel Rosner, Legal and Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, European Commission
  • Mr Tim Schnabel, Former Attorney, Office of the Legal Adviser, United States Department of State


  • Ms Corinne Montineri, Senior Legal Officer, UNCITRAL Secretariat, United Nations
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The Future of International Dispute Resolution: Challenges and Opportunities for Access to Justice

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, President, International Council for Commercial Arbitration
  • The Honourable Justice Anselmo Reyes, International Judge, Singapore International Commercial Court
  • The Honourable Justice Edward Torgbor, Former Judge of the High Court, Kenya and Visiting Academic, University of Oxford


  • Mr George Lim, SC, Chairman, Singapore International Mediation Centre
(Breakout sessions held concurrently)

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The Rise of Mediation: Bridging Differences for Tomorrow

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Ambassador Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, Former Foreign Advisor (Foreign Minister), Bangladesh, and Principal Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies
  • Dr Aimé Muyoboke Karimunda, President of the Court of Appeal, Republic of Rwanda
  • Professor Thomas J. Stipanowich, William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution and Professor of Law, Pepperdine University


  • Professor Lucy Reed, Director, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore
(Breakout sessions held concurrently)

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Closing Remarks

(Conference ends at 5.00pm)

  • Ms Anna JOUBIN-BRET, Secretary of UNCITRAL, United Nations


Singapore Convention Gala Dinner

Keynote address by:

  • Mr Heng Swee Keat, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Singapore
*Programme accurate as of 31 July 2019.

Registration details for the Singapore Convention Signing Cermony and Conference will be provided to invited guests. For all enquiries, please email us at SgConvention@mlaw.gov.sg.