The Third Asian Mediation Association (AMA) Conference
Mediators from across Asia gathered at the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers, Hong Kong, on April 3 and 4, 2014 for the Third Asian Mediation Association (AMA) Conference. The AMA Conference is an internationally renowned biennial event where mediation advocates share their insights on current and emerging trends and ideas in the development of mediation in Asia, as well as their experiences in mediation.
The Philippine Mediation Center Office (PMCO) is one of the five founding members of AMA when it was formally organized in Singapore on August 17, 2007 and continues to be active in promoting and facilitating the use of mediation to amicably settle dispute, a common aim shared with other AMA members. The other founding members are the Singapore Mediation Center, Hong Kong Mediation Center, Indonesian Mediation Center, and Malaysian Mediation Center.
The PMCO delegation to the Conference was headed by PHILJA Chancellor Adolfo S. Azcuna. The members of the delegation were the PMCO Executive Committee Members, including Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez, Justice Marina L. Buzon, Executive Secretary and Acting PHILJA Chief of Office for PMC, Dean Eduardo D. de los Angeles, Judge Selma P. Alaras, Comm. Linda L. Malenab-Hornilla, Atty. Jose C. Saluib, Jr., and Mr. Jose T. Name, Jr. Atty. Camille Mae Sue Ting of the Office of the Court Administrator also attended the Conference.
Justice Azcuna delivered a 15-minute lecture on “Mobile Court-Annexed Mediation in the Philippines,” a sub-topic of the segment on Case Sharing/Best Practices. Dean de los Angeles also delivered a lecture on “Mediation As A Pre-Condition To Filing Court Cases Under The Proposed Code of Civil Procedure.” During the gala dinner, Justice Buzon gave a brief update on the accomplishments of the PMCO since its establishment in 2001.
The Third AMA Conference was hosted by the Hong Kong Mediation Centre (HKMC). The main theme of the Third AMA Conference was Mediation: New Era - Legal Framework and Social Change", which addressed the following key issues: a) Civil Justice Reforms and Mediation, b) Mediation in Asia - Challenges and Opportunities, c) Court Roles in Mediation, d) Legal Perspectives of Mediation Standards and Practices, e) Emerging Thoughts on Mediation Theories, f) Cultural and Social Factors in Mediation Practice, g) Cultural Factors in Family Mediation, and h) Best Practices / Case Sharing. Thirty-five international scholars and experts in mediation and alternative dispute resolution from Australia, Canada, Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, the United States and the United Kingdom presented their views on the current social, political, and legal framework of mediation and the relevant social changes in the new era of mediation and shared their experiences.
The First AMA Conference was held in 2009 and hosted by the Singapore Mediation Center. The Second AMA Conference was held in Malaysia in 2011 hosted by the Malaysian Mediation Center. The Fourth AMA Conference will be held in Indonesia. The Fifth AMA Conference will be held in the Philippines to be hosted by the Philippine Mediation Center Office.