Mediation in Singapore has been represented and spearheaded primarily by institutions. Prominent amongst them would be the Ministry of Law, the State Courts of Singapore, Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC), Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), and more recently the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) and Singapore Mediation Institute (SIMI).
Each of these institutions has their own set of internal and external stakeholders, many of whom are mediators who are affiliated to at least one if not more institutions. In the practice and promotion of mediation, mediators in turn have to align themselves to the institutional interests, objectives, code of conduct etc.
There has been a strong desire in recent years to professionalize the mediation industry. This requires the participation of the mediation community as a whole. This society was set up with the desire to be that common platform for mediators and mediation advocates from various local and international organizations involved in dispute resolution.
It is SMP’s desire that regardless of our institutional affiliation or our area of practice, we can do more collectively as a community of mediators for mediation.
The Society of Mediation Professionals (Singapore) (“SMP”) was registered in January 2015, and it was formed with the following objectives: