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The baby with the bathwater: retooling the interest-based model
There is no denying the pervasiveness of the interests-based model of conflict resolution. Of course, the model is not without its critics. One main criticism is that the interest-based model has a distinctly “North American” bias and is inappropriate for the rest of the world. Singapore had to confront this criticism squarely when exploring whether “An Asian model of mediation” existed.
Professor Lee will share with participants the thinking and process that prevented the baby from being thrown out with the bathwater. Participants will then be invited in a dynamic interactive process to use the same thinking and process to retool the interests-based model for their own specific contexts.
Podcast: Listen to Joel talk about this session pre-kon gres (10 mins) >>
On Friday, 2.15pm, Plenary session:
Face and 关系 (guan xi: relationship)
It is often said that Asians value “face” and “guanxi” more than those in western-oriented societies. This of course is a generalisation. It is not true of every situation involving Asians; and of course these considerations can also be important in western oriented settings.
There is a complex dynamic connecting the notions of “face” and “guanxi” which in turn interacts with Hofstede’s 5 dimensions of culture.
Professor Lee will explore this dynamic to give participants an insight as to when face and guanxi are important and how to traverse this sometimes uncertain terrain. Participants will be invited to consider the relevance of these concepts in the multicultural Australian society in which we live.
Podcast: Listen to Joel talk about this session pre-kon gres (8 mins) >>
Apart from pretending to be a legal academic, Joel runs his own martial arts school. He has lived for six years in NZ studying and practicing law and has developed a healthy respect for sheep and large men in black doing the Haka. After overdosing on reruns of MASH, his sense of 'classy' humour is irreparably damaged and he can only manage puns and corny jokes. Caveat emptor.
Joel lives with his partner in Singapore and with his three cats and numerous imaginary friends.
Associate Professor Joel Lee
Joel Lee is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, the National University of Singapore and runs the faculty’s Negotiation and Mediation Workshops. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Joel is a consultant with CMPartners (USA) and a principal mediator with and the Training Director of the Singapore Mediation Centre.
Joel has extensive experience as a consultant and trainer for corporate clients such as Standard Chartered Bank, Freshfields, the Singapore Institute of Management, Service Quality Centre, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, the Government Insurance Corporation of Singapore, SingTel, IE Singapore and EDB.
Joel is an adjudicator with the Financial Industry Disputes Resolution Centre and a member of the ADR Advisory Council of the Subordinate Courts of Singapore. He is also a member of the International Mediation Institute’s Independent Standards Commission and Intercultural Taskforce.
Joel has taught overseas at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), University of Law, Economics and Science of Aix-Marseille (Aix-en-Provence France) and Anglia Law School (UK) and is the co-editor and co-author of the book “An Asian Perspective on Mediation” and the General Editor for the Asian Journal on Mediation. Joel was recently awarded the Outstanding Educator Award which is the National University of Singapore’s highest teaching award.
About An Asian Perspective on Mediation
For a review of the book: An Asian Perspective on Mediation, click here >>
Published: Jointly by the Singapore Mediation Centre and Academy in 2009
General editors: Joel Lee and Teh Hwee Hwee
Contributors: Joel Lee, Teh Hwee Hwee, Ian Macduff, Melanie Billings-Yun, John SK Ng, Lau Siew Fang
Format: Softcover, 256pp
More details on the publication, click here >>
Podcast: Listen to Joel talk with LEADR CEO, Fiona Hollier at 2nd Asian Mediation Association Conference (14 mins) >>