Ministers and Heads from over 50 countries, including Jamaica’s Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, QC. MP
Senior Officials & Ministers from more than 70 countries, including Jamaica, met in Singapore during Convention Week from 2-8 August 2019 for the signing of a new United Nations international treaty on mediation, and to discuss emerging issues relating to business, international trade and dispute resolution. The conference programme focused on mediation as an important commercial dispute resolution tool, and its future as a critical component of the global dispute management eco-system.
Seated at the table inking the Convention is Hon. Delroy Chuck, QC, MP, Minister of Justice (centre). The standing witnesses are: L-R: Stephen Mathias, Secretary- General of Legal Affairs; and Arancha Hinokal-Oyarbide, Legal Officer, Treaty Section. Both are from the United Nations Legal Affairs Office
The “United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation” – also known as the “Singapore Convention on Mediation” – was opened for signing in Singapore on Wednesday, 7 August 2019. Forty-Six (46) countries, including Jamaica, inked the convention at a signing ceremony and conference organized by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and the Singapore Ministry of Law. The Honourable Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck, QC, MP, signed on behalf of Jamaica. The Jamaican delegation in support of Minister Chuck included Grace Ann Stewart McFarlane, Chief Technical Director, Ministry of Justice; Karen Wilson, Director of Legal Services, Ministry of Justice; and Christopher Malcolm, Secretary-General, Jamaica International Arbitration Centre, and Senior Lecturer, Mona Law, The University of the West Indies.
The Jamaica International Arbitration Centre Ltd (JAIAC), with support from the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC), is committed to the build-out of a robust framework for the effective management of commercial and other disputes. This framework should, of course, complement the process for national courts, and will, with the use of mediation and other mechanisms, focus on dispute avoidance and the prevention of unnecessary escalation of disputes that have manifested. The approach of the JAIAC will, among other benefits, avoid disruption of business operations and lessen the impairment of balance sheets with difficult to predict contingent liabilities related to, for example, ongoing litigation. It should also result in tangible cost-saving and profit maximising benefits for the commercial sector and will promote Jamaica as a place where optimal participation in international trade, investment and commerce is fully supported by a well-considered dispute management eco-system.