Cross-border mediations
Cross-border mediations

The following Dispute Resolution practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Cross-border mediations
  • Singapore Mediation Convention
  • International mediation processes—jurisdictional guides
  • The EU and the Mediation Directive
  • England and Wales and the Meditation Directive

Brexit: The UK's departure from the EU has implications for practitioners in England and Wales considering mediation involving an EU Member State. For guidance, see Practice Notes: Brexit post implementation period—considerations for dispute resolution practitioners including, in particular, main section: Mediation and Brexit post implementation period—CPR changes.

This Practice Note considers Directive 2008/52/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 May 2008 on certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial matters. It provides a brief summary of when the EU Directive, and its implementing national legislation, on cross-border mediations applies.

Singapore Mediation Convention

The United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation commonly known as the Singapore Convention on Mediation or the Singapore Convention came into force on 12 September 2020. It is currently not in force for the UK.

The primary goals of the convention are to facilitate international trade and promote the use of mediation for the resolution of cross-border commercial disputes. It provides a framework for the enforcement of international settlement agreements resulting from mediation. The convention sets out obligations for the contracting states and also provides that certain reservations may be made.

For guidance on the Singapore Mediation Convention, see Practice Note: Singapore Convention on Mediation.

International mediation processes—jurisdictional guides

For guidance on the mediation processes available in individual countries, see: Internationa

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