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                 19 to 22 November 2003

Dear Sir/Madam

Please be informed that the Second Asia Pacific Mediation Forum (APMF) will be held in
Singapore from 19 to 22 November 2003. Please find enclosed the Announcement and Call for
Papers for the Forum.

We encourage you to forward this message to colleagues who may be interested. Please accept
our apologies if you have received this message from another source.

If you wish to make any enquiries or seek further clarification please feel free to contact us at Tel:
(65) 6222 3030 or Fax: (65) 6225 2453 or email:

Yours sincerely

Professor Lim Lan Yuan
2nd APMF Conference Convener
Chairman, SISV Mediation Centre

Announcement and Call for Papers


In the 1970s, the United States was swept by a wave of interest in the range of dispute resolution
processes collectively referred to as “alternative dispute resolution” or ADR. In a relatively
short span of time, these alternative methods of resolving disputes have generated considerable
interest, wide application and academic research in various parts of the world including Australia,
the United Kingdom as well as Asia.

Modern mediation was introduced to Asia only recently because with an oriental culture where
social harmony and consensus predominate, informal mediation has been the normal way of life
with the reluctance for people to go to courts to resolve their personal or community conflicts.
However, once introduced, mediation has taken a high profile and generated tremendous interest
among the community and the legal profession.

The mediation movement in Singapore, for instance, first started with the courts introducing
mediation as part of the judiciary process. Commercial, community mediation and peer
mediation were subsequently introduced. Within a short period mediation has gradually become
part of social and community life in Singapore.

ADR and mediation are here to stay. During the last decade, there has been much progress and
development in the use and practice of the various consensual forms of dispute resolution
especially mediation. This movement has now spread to various parts of Asia and the Pacific
region. A mediation culture is being developed.

This Forum hopes to explore the growth and development of mediation as a culture. We would
like to invite you to take part in this Forum by sharing with us your experience in promoting
mediation and other forms of dispute resolution. We are interested to hear from you on various
aspects of dispute resolution and the applications of these conflict resolution tools. Any topics
related to the main theme are most welcome.

Venue and Date

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel
392 Havelock Road, Singapore 169663
Tel: 65-6733 0880 Fax: 65 6737 8880

19 to 22 November 2003
Important Dates

Abstract Due                         30 March 2003
Paper Presentation Confirmation      30 April 2003
Paper Due                            30 September 2003
Early Bird Registration              19 August 2003

Registration Fee

                              Early Bird Registration  Standard Registration
                              On or before 19 Aug 2003 After 19 August 2003

Delegates                     S$ 450.00                       S$ 500.00

Students                      S$ 200.00                       S$ 250.00

Registration fee include: Conference Kit, City Tour, Welcome Reception, Farewell Dinner,
Plenary Sessions, Posters Presentation and Coffee/Tea Breaks and Lunches during Conference.

Paper Presentation

The official language of the Forum is English.

Title and abstract

The abstract of the paper should be no more than 250 words and has to be submitted by post,
email or fax. It is preferred that both paper title and abstract be submitted by email. Microsoft
word (*.doc) format is preferred. The following information should be supplied:
 - Author’s name, position and affiliation
 - Author’s contact, complete mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address
 - Key words (at least 3).
 All abstracts submitted will be subject to a rigorous vetting by the Technical Committee. Papers
 not accepted may be recommended for poster presentations.

Full paper

An author’s guide for submission of full paper is provided.
Author’s Guide

Please read carefully and follow the instructions

Format of the paper
- A4 paper (297mm x 210mm)
- Top, bottom, left and right margins of 30mm
- Times Roman or Times Roman font, 10 point pitch
- Single spacing
- Do not indent, but leave a blank line between paragraphs
- Page number centred at the bottom

Structure and order of the paper
The title should be written in bold capital letters in 14-pt font, 3rd line from the top and centred,
with two blank lines at the top. The name(s) of the author(s) should be in the 7 th line. The title
and name(s) of the author(s) should be in bold typeface. (The name and the full address,
including email address of all authors should be given on a separate page, with the Title at the
top of the page).
On the 10th line, the abstract starts: first, the heading, “ABSTRACT” with left adjusted, then
below a blank line, the abstract with a maximum of 250 words. The main body of the paper
starts on the next page.      The body of the paper can have sections and subsections which
will be numbered in maximum of two digits (for example: 1. INTRODUCTION, 2.1 Model
Validation, etc). The section and subsection headings must be in bold typeface. The whole text
must start at the left-hand margin (that is, new paragraphs are not indented) with the exception
of listings.

The general order of the content of the paper should be as follows:
1. Title
2. Author(s)
3. Abstract
4. The section or subsection of the main body of the text, tables and figures
5. Acknowledgements, if any
6. References
7. Appendices, if required

Equations, Tables and Figures
Equations must be written preferably using the same word processor used for the rest of the text
without hand written symbols in order to enhance legibility. Equations must be numbered
sequentially, and right aligned with their numbers in parentheses.

It is essential that tables and figures appear immediately after they are referred to in the text.
Tables must be numbered sequentially and must have an explanatory title centred above the table;
the measurements units employed in the table must be indicated.

Figures must be drawn using good quality graphic software: they must be numbered sequentially
and must have an informative title centred under the figure.
The Harvard system of referencing must be used. In the body, documents should be referred to
with the author’s surname and the year of publication in parentheses.

At the end of the paper, complete references must be given alphabetically by the authors’
surname including: surname(s) and initials of the author(s), separated by a comma, year of
publication in parentheses, title of the paper, title of the journal (or book) in bold typeface, with
the first letter capitalised, the publisher and the city of publication must be indicated


Conference Organising Committee

Convener:      Prof Lim Lan Yuan
Members:       Ms Kwang Heng Lee
               Ms Sim Hwee Yan
               Mr Ong Fook Sing
               Mr Siao Meng
Secretary:     Ms Judy Poh

Forum Secretariat

Second Asia Pacific Mediation Forum
Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers
20 Maxwell Road #10-09B
Maxwell House Singapore 069113
Tel: (65) 6222 3030 Fax: (65) 6225 2453

About the APMF

The idea of an Asia Pacific Mediation Forum was first mooted in Adelaide by Dale Bagshaw
from the University of South Australia where the inaugural Forum was held from 29 November
to 1 December 2001. The theme of this Forum was Reconciliation: Conversations Beyond
Cultural Boundaries. Some 300 participants attended this Forum which was a great success. In
view of the interest expressed at the Forum a Steering Committee was set up to formally
constitute the APMF as a legal entity, and to assist with the planning for the second conference.
A draft constitution and a membership form has since been prepared and the first General
Membership Assembly will be held at the conference in Singapore on Wednesday November
19th 2003, between 6 and 8 pm. You are invited to join the APMF and to attend the meeting.
        The main objective of the APMF is to facilitate the exchange and development of
knowledge, values and skills of mediation in any form including inter-cultural, interpersonal,
inter-institutional and international, within and between the diverse countries and cultures in the
Asia Pacific Region.
        To fulfill this objective conferences will be held in the region every two years, with a
different country taking responsibility for hosting each conference. The Steering Committee
invites expressions of interest from APMF members from countries who are interested in hosting
the Third APMF conference in 2005.
        Membership of the Forum is open to individuals and organisations that are interested in
or involved with resolution of conflicts or disputes through mediation, arbitration and other
forms of dispute resolution.
        The APMF is formally sponsored by the World Mediation Forum (WMF), which was
established in Spain in 1995 and is holding its fourth global conference in Buenos Aires,
Argentina, 9-11 May 2003 ( The WMF is encouraging the
establishment of similar regional forums around the world. The regional conferences will take
place in the years between the bi-annual WMF conferences. Members of the APMF who are
attending the fourth WMF global conference are invited to join the APMF Delegation, which
will have voting rights at the General Assembly of the WMF.
        We invite you and your interested colleagues to visit the website for the Asia Pacific
Mediation Forum ( for more information and to apply for
individual or organisational membership.

Asia Pacific Mediation Forum Steering Committee

Dale Bagshaw, Australia – President (
Ayan Bhattacharya, India – Secretary (
Lim Lan Yuan, Singapore - Second APMF Conference Convener
Ambeng Kandakasi - Statutes Secretary (Alternate: Regina Sagu)
Wiwiek Awiati, Indonesia
Rich Giacolone, United States. (Alternate: Andrea Strimling)
Hugh Landerkin, Canada
Ian Macduff, New Zealand. (Alternate: Mereana Hond)
Reynaldo Suarez, Philippines. (Alternate: Cristine Cabrera)
Jan Jung-min Sunoo, Viet Nam
Hughie Tan Yeak Hui, Malaysia
John (Chuan-Cheng) Wu, Taiwan
Conference Programme (tentative)

Wednesday 19 Nov 2003
Registration 10.00am – 6.00pm
City Tour 2.00 – 5.00pm
Meeting of APMF Steering Committee 5.00 – 6.00pm
APMF General Membership Assembly 6.00 – 8.00pm

Thursday 20 Nov 2003
Registration 8.00 am – 5.00pm

Opening 9.30 am
Welcome speech by 2nd APMF Conference Convener
Opening speech by Minister

Tea Break 10.00 – 10.30am

Keynote Speech One 10.30 am
Plenary Session 11.15am - 1.00pm
Paper One
Paper Two
Paper Three

Lunch 1.00 – 2.00 pm

Concurrent Workshop Sessions 2.00 – 3.30pm
Workshop 1 – Commercial Mediation I
Workshop 2 – Family Mediation I
Workshop 3 – Construction Mediation
Workshop 4 – Peer Mediation I

Tea Break 3.30 – 3.45pm

Concurrent Workshop Sessions 3.45 – 5.00pm
Workshop 5 – Commercial Mediation II
Workshop 6 – Community Mediation I
Workshop 7 - Cultural Issues I
Workshop 8 – Workplace Mediation

Welcome Reception 7.30 – 9.00pm

Friday 21 Nov 2003

Plenary Session 9.00 – 11.00am Mediation Practice in Asia Pacific
Tea Break 11.00 – 11.30am

Plenary Session 11.30 – 1.00pm
Paper Four
Paper Five
Paper Six

Lunch 1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch Meeting of APMF Steering Committee 1.00 – 2.00pm

Concurrent Workshop Session 2.00 – 3.30pm
Workshop 9 – Practice Issues
Workshop 10 – Family Mediation II
Workshop 11 – Cultural Issues II
Workshop 12 – Peer Mediation II

Tea Break 3.30 – 3.45pm

Concurrent Workshop Sessions 3.45 – 5.15pm
Workshop 13 – Commercial Mediation III
Workshop 14 – Community Mediation II
Workshop 15 – Cultural Issues III
Workshop 16 – International Mediation

Saturday 22 Nov 2003

Keynote Speech Two 9.00am

Plenary Session 9.45 – 11.00am
Paper Seven
Paper Eight

Tea Break 11.00 – 11.30am

Summary by General Rapporteur 11.30am
Farewell Speech 12.00pm

Lunch 1.00 – 2.00pm

Site Visit to Community Mediation Centres 2.00 – 4.00pm

Farewell Party 7.00 – 9.30pm

Hotel              Category   Walking Distance      Cost per room
                              To Convention Hotel   per night
                                                    (single or twin)

Grand Copthorne    5-star     Conference Hotel      S$167.00 nett

Copthorne King’s   4-star     5 minutes             S$122.00 nett

Robertson Quay     2-star     10 minutes            S$ 80.00 nett