The 7th APMF conference “Synergizing Eastern and Western Constructs of Mediation towards Better Understanding” (10-12 February, 2016) was held in Lombok, Indonesia and was extremely successful. It was convened by the Indonesian Institute for Conflict Transformation (IICT) in collaboration with the Supreme Court of Indonesia, with support from the APMF Executive Committee.
The main objective of the APMF Summit is to facilitate the exchange and development of knowledge, values and skills of mediation in any form including inter-cultural, interpersonal, inter-institutional and international, within and between the diverse countries and cultures in the Asia Pacific region through bi-annual conferences, which are held in the Asia-Pacific region with a different country taking responsibility for hosting each conference.
The first Asia-Pacific Mediation Leadership Summit hosted in Bangkok on 2–4 December 2011 by the Asia-Pacific Mediation Forum (APMF) in conjunction with core collaborators in Bangkok and from an array of countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
The 4th Asia-Pacific Mediation Forum was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 16–18 June 2008. The conference theme was ‘Mediation in the Asia-Pacific: Constraints and Challenges’, expressing the idea that mediation takes place in diverse ways throughout the different social and legal systems in the Asia-Pacific region. The forum was preceded by five days of pre-conference training and two days of pre-conference workshops, with basic and advanced mediation training.
The third Asia-Pacific Mediation Forum Conference was held on 26–30 June 2006. This international conference was convened by the University of the South Pacific (USP) and was held at the USP campus in Suva, Fiji. The conference theme, ‘Mediating Cultures in the Pacific and Asia’, expressed the idea that mediation takes place in diverse ways throughout the different social and legal systems in the Asia-Pacific region.
The theme of the forum was ‘Developing a Mediation Culture’. The theme was timely, as modern mediation had been introduced to Asia only recently. The forum featured some 25 papers from the four plenary sessions and eight workshops. It provided an invaluable sharing of experiences and the opportunity to network and discuss the latest developments in mediation.