In Hong Kong, mediation continues to build momentum and is becoming an integral part of the dispute resolution landscape. Since 2008, the Department of Justice has formed a series of bodies to address the question of how to facilitate the more effective and extensive application of mediation in Hong Kong: the Hong Kong Working Group on Mediation (2008-2010), the Mediation Taskforce (2010-2012) and the Steering Committee on Mediation (late 2012 and ongoing). The steering committee provides an ongoing forum for monitoring the maturation of the mediation field, offering responsive feedback on current practices, projects and programmes and sharing new impulses for the future.
Mediation has expanded as a practice area in relation to construction, building management, commercial, financial, insurance, family, workplace, medical, and community disputes. Various forms of court-related mediation take place in most civil courts, the Family Court and the Lands Tribunal.
Professor Nadja Alexander is a member of the Department of Justice’s Steering Committee on Mediation. She is also foundation director and professor at the International Institute for Conflict Engagement and Resolution at Hong Kong Shue Yan University