Together with the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) and the Hague Court of Arbitration for Aviation (HCAA), AAIS was pleased to co-organise a seminar on Mediation in Aviation: A Win-Win Approach to Dispute Resolution held on 17 April at the offices of Rajah & Tann Singapore. The seminar was held specially for AAIS and industry members following the MOU signing between HCAA and SIMC in February, on Asia’s first specialised mediation framework for the aviation industry.

In the first part of the programme, Antony Lee, Director of Strategic Engagement at SIMC provided an overview of the benefits of mediation, including the differences between litigation, arbitration and mediation. Mediation was highlighted as a cost-effective and efficient dispute resolution tool that focuses on the interest of the parties involved. 90% of mediations administered by SIMC take only one day, with a settlement rate of over 70%. Lee also took participants through a typical mediation process, factors affecting the costs of mediation, as well as the roles played by the skilled mediator.


In the second part of the programme, Paul Ng, Partner at Rajah & Tann and co-head of the Mediation Standing Committee at HCAA delved into the intricacies of mediation in aviation disputes. He spotlighted the complexities of cross-border aviation disputes, particularly jurisdictional conflicts and enforcement challenges. The session culminated in an engaging panel discussion featuring Lee, Ng, and Mary Walker, an esteemed international mediator and barrister from Australia. The panellists and participants shared their experiences with mediation and discussed the approaches, rules of engagement, and mitigating potential challenges of mediation.


The session was insightful and provided a refreshing perspective on resolving commercial disputes, which is relevant and important in the highly interconnected aviation and aerospace industries. We thank our esteemed partners and speakers from HCAA and SIMC for generously sharing their time and expertise. We also thank all attendees for their active participation and record our gratitude to Rajah & Tann for hosting the event.