K Shanmugam SC
Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, Singapore

K Shanmugam SC

A very warm welcome to Singapore Convention Week 2021.

The world has changed a great deal since we last met in Singapore in 2019 for the Singapore Convention Signing Ceremony and Conference.

While the pandemic has increased the level of complexity and uncertainty of the business environment today, it has also opened up new opportunities and introduced innovative technology in the field of dispute resolution.

Over the last year we have seen the demand for effective alternative dispute resolution mechanisms increase. Mediation has become an important mechanism, and the entry into force of the Singapore Convention on Mediation will support its future growth, by providing an avenue for parties to enforce mediated settlement agreements for cross-border disputes.

In today’s world in transition, it is timely for us to come together again and share knowledge, ideas and best practices, in how we resolve disputes amidst this uncertainty to keep businesses and economies going.

At the Singapore Convention Week, you will have the opportunity to hear from global thought leaders and garner insights on the latest trends in dispute resolution that serve the fast-evolving needs of businesses.

I would like to thank all of our partner event organisers for helping to make Singapore Convention Week possible.

I wish all of you a fruitful time at Singapore Convention Week, and hope that we can all meet in person in the near future.

The Singapore Convention Week, organised by the Singapore Ministry of Law, brings together top practitioners and headline makers in the international dispute resolution scene. Across the week-long series of activities, legal practitioners, business executives and government officials from around the world will hear from thought leaders in the field of dispute resolution, and glean practical insights on the latest innovations and trends in alternative dispute resolution to serve the fast evolving needs of businesses.

The Singapore Convention Week 2021 will run from 6 to 10 September 2021, and comprises:

Singapore Convention Week

At the heart of the SC Week is the inaugural UNCITRAL Academy, held from 7- 8 September and jointly organised by MinLaw and UNCITRAL.

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