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Attorney General Signs Mediation Convention in Singapore

Wednesday, 14th August 2019
Attorney General and Amb Grace Akello in Singapore
The Attorney General of Uganda, the Hon William Byaruhanga, was among top global legal gurus who signed the UN Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation in Singapore on 7th August, 2019.  Known as the Singapore Convention on Mediation, this legal instrument is among a set of UN laws and statutes which ease misunderstanding and conflict in global commerce, creating and promoting smooth relations among the investment and trading global community. The main function of the Convention is to ensure the enforcement of mediated agreements between trading or business parties. The Convention falls within the auspices of the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), a global body concerned with matters of dispute resolution, international contract practices, transport, insolvency, electronic commerce, international payments, secured transactions, procurement and sale of goods.

The Singapore Mediation Convention was endorsed by the UN General Assembly on 20th December, 2018 for the purposes of aiding effective enforcement of business agreements entered into through mediation processes. It is stipulated to come into force upon ratification by just any three countries which have signed it. The countries which represent the largest number of firms in international trade and commerce, China and the United States of America, gave the Convention a very high profile by their presence and signatures at the Singapore ceremony.