The 3rd Asia Pacific Mediation Forum Conference was held in Fiji on June 26th - 30th, 2006. The conference was convened and hosted by the University of the South Pacific at its Laucala Campus in Suva.

The conference theme, 'Mediating Cultures in the Pacific and Asia' set the stage for five days of workshops and presentations exploring the diverse ways mediation takes place throughout the varying social and legal systems in the Asia Pacific region.

The program included basic mediation trainings (June 19th-23rd), two days of pre-conference workshops and three days of presentations exploring mediation's practical relevance in the Pacific and Asia.

Themes for workshops included:

  • Basic mediation skills
  • Advanced mediation skills
  • Cultures of mediation
  • Mediation and ADR tools for Court Case Management 
  • Assessors of land courts
  • Designing dispute resolution systems
  • Mediation and family violence
  • Traditional mediation in Asia Pacific cultures

Themes explored though presentations, panel discussions and group dialogues during the conference included:

  • Frontier conflict management (FCM)
  • Global trends in mediation
  • Asia Pacific approaches to conflict
  • Commonality in diversity
  • Gender and mediation
  • Mediation education/training
  • Commerce, industry & labour disputes
  • Meditation and the courts
  • Dispute systems design
  • Mediation in political decision making
  • Mediation and public policy
  • Victim Offender Conferencing
  • Mediation strategies for church leadership


Conference Convener: Pacific Institute for Advanced Studies in Development and Governance
Professor Graham Hassall 679-323-2015
Conference Director Laura Seurynck 679-323-2728

Artwork: "Building Bridges" by Lingikoni Vaka'uta. Courtesy of Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture, The University of the South Pacific.