The Brunei Darussalam Arbitration Centre (BDAC) hosted a dialogue session on ‘Practical Considerations of the Peacemakers’. BDAC Legal Advisor Muhammad Raafe’ bin Haji Ibrahim facilitated the session featuring panellists Lenny Rahman from Brunei, Anil Changaroth from Singapore, Darshendev Singh from Malaysia, David Ravenscroft from Hong Kong and Donna Ross from Australia.
Thirty-nine lawyers from public and private sectors, academics, law students and private individuals from the ASEAN region attended.
The panellists discussed topics on the roles of lawyers in court-annexed mediation and facilitative mediation, practitioners’ considerations of court annexed mediation, comparisons between facilitative and evaluative mediation and the development of mediation after the Singapore Convention on Mediation on signatory countries.
Among the key takeaways of the dialogue was that a mediation advocate requires a different skill set and attitude from an advocate involved in litigation. A mediation advocate is a problem-solver who works collaboratively with the other parties to achieve a mutually satisfactory settlement.