​​​​​​​​The Glo​bal Pound Conference is your opportunity to be part of history.​ Structured around four interactive sessions​ where Core Questions will be voted and discussed, and ​aimed at better understanding the demand for and supply of Dispute Resolution services, the Singapore conference aims to explore how litigation, arbitration, mediation and other dispute resolution process​​​es can help consumers achieve greater access to justice.  It promise to be a unique ​event unlike any other both in terms of the diversity of stakeholders who will be participating and due to the way new voting and participative technologies will be used to gather data and different views. Come listen to and interact with eminent international and local speakers, who will share their ​perspectives on the future of Dispute Resolution.  Join in the conversation and help shape ​the future of dispute resolution and access to justice by attending this unique event​!

Through a series of interactive voting and discussion sessions using new technologies and their smart phones, all participants will be able to express their views on a range of vital issues affecting how disputes are resolved – with results projected instantly and comparing priorities by stakeholder category. Each session will generate valuable and actionable data on what dispute resolution users actually need, and how others stakeholders can help meet those needs. The goal of the Series is to stimulate real impact and effective change.  Be part of a unique opportunity to make a real impact and shape the future of dispute resolution and access to justice around the world." ​






GPC Singapore Opening

Opening Performance

Welcome by Judicial Commissioner See Kee Oon, Presiding Judge, State Courts of Singapore (Provider)

Opening Remarks by Michael McIlwrath, Chair of GPC Series (User)

Keynote Address by T​he Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, President, Singapore Academy of Law (Provider)​


Morning Break


GPC Core Questions – Interactive Voting & Discussion Session 1

Access to Justice & Dispute Resolution Systems: What do parties want, need and expect?

This session explores the needs of commercial and civil disputants, the types of outcomes sought, the role of lawyers and different types of providers, and an understanding of what distinguishes inexperienced parties from experienced and sophisticated disputants.   It will cover which dispute resolution mechanisms are considered for resolving on-going disputes. Dispute resolution providers can also gain insights to the subtle differences in considerations and influences between different types of clients and types of disputes.


· Alastair Henderson, Managing Partner, Southeast Asia and Head of International Arbitration Practice, Southeast Asia , Herbert Smith Freehills LLP​ (Advisor)

Speakers include:

· Sok-Theng Cheng, Executive Director/SE Asia Legal Counsel, Morgan Stanley​ (User)

· Gerard Ee, President, Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (User)

· Josephine Hadikusumo, Regional Legal Counsel (Asia), Texas Instruments (User)

· Michael McIlwrath, Global Chief Litigation Counsel (Litigation), GE Oil & Gas and Chair, Global Pound Conference Series (User)

· Sue Lynn Neoh, VP, Singapore Corporate Counsel Association, Legal Director, Xilinx Asia Pacific (User) 


GPC Core Questions – Interactive Voting & Discussion Session 2

How is the market currently addressing parties' wants, needs and expectations?

On the supply side, providers and advisors will provide access to key information that will help shape the choice of dispute resolution processes. This session builds on the discussion from Session 1, and explores what outcomes providers tend to prioritise, what tends to influence outcomes, the benefits of participating in non-adjudicative processes, what makes a process efficient, and who is responsible for ensuring the parties are aware of their procedural choices.  This session also explores how services provided on the ‘supply’ side currently address the needs of disputants, and whether new and innovative approaches are required to complement the market’s offerings today to meet or exceed parties’ expectations.



· Deborah Masucci, Chairperson, International Mediation Institute (User)


Speakers include:

· Daniel Ee, Vice - ​Chairman, Singapore Institute of Directors (User​)

· Vincent Hoong, Registrar, Supreme Court of Singapore (Provider)

· Joan Janssen, ​2 Director-General, Ministry of Law ​

· George Lim S.C., Co-Chair, Singapore International Mediation Centre (Provider)

· Lim Seok Hui, CEO, Singapore International Arbitration Centre and Singapore International Mediation Centre (Provider)

· Gregory Vijayendran, Partner, Commercial Litigation, Rajah & Tann Asia (Advisor)




Concurrent Session A

The Role of the Courts in Providing and Facilitating the Use of ADR

The Courts were once associated primarily with adversarial trial processes.  The judiciary was perceived as a forum for public vindication and adjudication of disputes.  That concept of the judiciary has slowly changed as the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) movement grew steadily.  For more than two decades, ADR has been instrumental to the delivery of justice in the Singapore courts.  Each court – the Supreme Court, Family Justice Courts and State Courts – has adopted a unique approach to ADR that has been customised to the type of dispute.  Come join an interactive discussion concerning the latest trends in each court’s facilitation of the use of ADR, and learn how ADR can be effectively harnessed to resolve different types of disputes.



· Tan Boon Heng, District Judge and Executive Director, Singapore Judicial College



· Chia Wee Kiat, Senior District Judge and Registrar, Family Justice Courts of Singapore

· Jennifer Marie, Deputy Presiding Judge and Registrar, State Courts of Singapore

· Teh Hwee Hwee, Deputy Registrar, Supreme Court of Singapore


Concurrent Session B

Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Justice

Technology is not only changing society, it is changing the way we resolve disputes.  Mediation and arbitration are rapidly moving online.  Consumers, businesses, and legal service providers increasingly expect to be able to resolve any issues that arise 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, right from their laptops and tablets.  Also, transactions now routinely cross the globe, and disputants are unwilling to sort out complex issues of jurisdiction every time a problem crops up.  Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) is the application of information and communications technology to the practice of dispute resolution.  In this session we'll talk about the latest and greatest in ODR and see demos of cutting edge systems, as well as exploring how ODR can move us closer to a world where businesses and consumers can get access to fast and fair resolutions 100% of the time, from anywhere in the world.


· Jeffrey Chan S.C., Deputy Solicitor-General, Attorney-General's Chambers

· Ian Macduff, Associate Professor of Law (Practice), Singapore Management University (SMU), Director, Dispute Resolution Initiative 

· Colin Rule (via online), Chairman and COO,


Afternoon Break


Concurrent Session C

Applying  Neurobiology in Dispute Resolution Processes

This session will examine the main biological processes and mechanisms that drive the behaviour of disputants, counsel, experts and neutrals during dispute resolution processes.  It will present the TRI-OS system of conflict analysis developed by the speakers and neuroscientists at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Affective Sciences (CISA) at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, and it will provide practical insights on process design, case preparation and the impact of procedural choices on social, emotional and cognitive behaviour for a wide range of dispute resolution processes.  Participants will learn to develop their case analysis skills and optimize negotiation, mediation, conciliation, arbitration and litigation processes based on based on recent findings in social sciences and neurosciences.  This session is aimed at all stakeholders involved in negotiation, dispute prevention and dispute resolution proceedings.



·   Francois Bogacz, Co-Founder and CEO, Neuroawareness Consulting Services Inc (USA)

· ​Jeremy Lack, Co-Founder, Neuroawareness Consulting Services Inc (CH) and GPC Series Coordinator


Concurrent Session D

Institutional Measures to Save Time and Costs for Users in International Arbitration

The Panel will discuss various institutional measures aimed at achieving timely and cost-efficient resolution of disputes involving international businesses, such as the Emergency Arbitrator, Expedited Procedure and Arb-Med-Arb procedures under​ the SIAC Rules;  and other techniques including the use of technology, expert witnesses and witness conferencing to achieve efficiency.


  • ​Da​​vid Bateson, Arbitrator, 39 Essex Chambers
  • Christopher Chuah, Partn​er, WongPartnership​​​
  • Edward van GeunsPartner, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
  • Ben GiarettaPartner, Ashurst LLP​​
  • Kevin Nash, Deputy Registrar, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) 
  • Paul Sandosham, Partner, Clifford Chance Asia


Welcome Dinner (CHIJMES)

30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996 (Drivers, enter via Victoria Street)




GPC Core Questions – Interactive Voting & Discussion Session 3

How can dispute resolution be improved? (Overcoming obstacles and challenges)

What are the main obstacles faced by parties when seeking to resolve disputes?   What processes and tools should be prioritised to improve dispute resolution and access to justice?  Which stakeholders are likely to be most resistant to change and which ones are likely to be most influential? This session will focus on the primary obstacles and challenges to dispute resolution and the solutions available to overcome them.  New solutions using technology and hybrid dispute resolution systems will also be discussed.

· Andre Yeap S.C., Senior Partner, Dispute Resolution and Head, International Arbitration, Rajah & Tann Asia (Advisor)

Speakers include:

· Eunice ChuaDeputy Chief Executive OfficerSingapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) and Assistant Professor of Law, Singapore Management University (SMU) (Educator​)​​​

· Loong Seng Onn, Executive Director, Singapore Mediation Centre (Provider)

·​ ​Jannet Regalado, General Counsel, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (User)

· Thio Shen Yi S.C., President, Law Society of Singapore (Advisor)

· Irena Vanenkova, Executive Director, International Mediation Institute


Morning Break


GPC Core Questions – Interactive Voting & Discussion Session 4:

Promoting better access to justice: What action items should be considered and by whom?

The last session includes thought-provoking questions about the responsibilities of each stakeholder group in shaping the future of dispute resolution.  What are effective ways of providing parties with more choice?  What is likely to have most impact? What innovations and trends should be taken into consideration? With a better understanding of the roles each stakeholder group has to play, stakeholders will be empowered to improve current and future dispute resolution processes and identify the changes to be focused on.



· Justice Belinda Ang, Chair, Singapore Mediation Centre (Provider)

Speakers include:​

· Dr Eman Mans​our, Director, Investors’ Dispute Settlement Centre for General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (Provider)

· Deborah Masucci, Chair, International ​Mediation Institute (User)

· Gitta Satryani, Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (​Advisor)

· Judicial Commissioner See Kee Oon, Presiding Judge, State Courts of Singapore (Provider)

· Tan Siong Thye S.C., Deputy Attorney-General, Attorney-General’s Chambers (Advisor)




Closing Plenary

Analysis and Discussion of Data Generated During the 4 Interactive GPC Core Question Sessions

To close the Singapore event, all stakeholders’ views on dispute resolution will be analysed at the end of the conference and discussed by a group of experts coming from all stakeholder groups.  It is intended that the conclusions generated during this   Singapore launch event will start a chain of discussions about practical measures that can be taken to implement real changes both in daily practices, and in long term policies, to improve access to justice for all disputants in the 21st century and spot new trends.


· Michael Leathes, Co-Founder, International Mediation Institute (User)

Speakers include:

· Professor Nadja Alexander, Principal, Conflict Coaching International (Provider & Educator)

· Josephine Hadikusumo, Regional Legal Counsel (Asia), Texas Instruments (User)

· Michael Hwang S.C., Senior Counsel and Arbitrator (Advisor)

· Joanna Kalowski, Director, Joanna Kalowski and Associates (Provider)

· Associate Professor Joel Lee, Chairperson, Singapore International Mediation Institute (Educator) ​

· Michael McIlwrath, Global Chief Litigation Counsel (Litigation), GE Oil & Gas and Chair, Global Pound Conference Series (User​)

· Alexander Oddy, Partner and Head of ADR, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (Advisor)​​

·​ Joseph Tirado, Lawyer & ADR Neutral (Advisor & Provider)


GPC Singapore Closing

Closing Address by Indranee Rajah S.C., Senior Minister of State for Law and Finance (Government)


Optional Technical Tours of Maxwell Chambers, Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Singapore International Mediation Centre and State Courts

* Note that the above programme is subject to further changes by the Conference organisers. GPC Core Question Sessions will be held in the Supreme Court Auditorium.  Concurrent Sessions will be held in the Supreme Court Auditorium and Level 8 Viewing Gallery.​​