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This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Queen's University School of Law, 2020.
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This paper explores the purpose and efficacy of the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation (‘Singapore Convention’ or ‘Convention’). The Convention’s genesis was premised on the notion of alleviating the enforceability issues that are annexed to settlement agreements arising from cross-border mediation (IMSA). While such enforceability issues are not entirely unfounded, the way in which the Convention has been drafted to address such issues has been the subject of criticism. In view of such criticism, this article explores the empirical research upon which the Convention’s introduction is based and queries whether the structure of the instrument heralds an unnecessary juridification of the mediation process. In particular, a close review of the research highlights the unintended consequences that can flow from the Convention’s uptake, suggesting that the introduction of the Convention may lead to an increase in issues pertaining to IMSA enforcement. It is in this context in which this article submits that the Convention may be regarded as a solution in search of a problem.
Author(s): Clark B, Sourdin T
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly
Online publication date: 05/11/2020
Acceptance date: 26/10/2020
Date deposited: 26/10/2020
ISSN (print): 0029-3105
Publisher: Queen's University School of Law