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, 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. Marquez, Justice Marina L. Alaras, Comm.
The 5th Asian Mediation Association Conference - The Indonesian Mediation Center
The Conference, held by the AMA every two years, attracted over participants from 16 countries. The concept was that face-to-face accusations are unhelpful in resolving problems and affirmatively harmful in maintaining business relationships, so the intervention of a mediator to keep talks positive and forward-looking was highly valued. She also observed that dispute resolution outside of adjudicative judicial processes is a matter in which public resources ought to be directed, inasmuch as the process is inexplicably intertwined with the same matters of public concern that justify public maintenance of the court systems. Each of the many panels and keynote speakers at the Conference contributed fresh and interesting perspectives, especially to this Western student of dispute resolution. Among the many other speakers at the Conference were:.
Modern mediation began sometime in the 70s in the US. Since , it has spread rapidly through Asia. Each year brings more and more applications of mediation in commerce, in communities and even across national boundaries.