Dispute Resolution is one of the three main focus research areas. The other focus areas are Law and Technology and Transnational Commercial Law in Asia.
"Leveraging on the strength of the School's Dispute Resolution Cluster and its partnership with the Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy (SIDRA), the main research areas are litigation, negotiation and mediation, evidence, and procedural laws. This includes commercial and non-commercial disputes including those with public interest elements (in connection with the work of the School's Public Law and Public Interest, Community and Social Justice Clusters)." SMU School of Law [publication] 2018.
The Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy (SIDRA) is is based at the Singapore Management University, School of Law. It is a non-profit organisation supported by the Ministry of Law and is a subsidiary of the Singapore Academy of Law and the Singapore Mediation Centre. SIDRA is Asia’s global thought leader for learning and research in negotiation and dispute resolution. SIDRA was launched on 17 March 2016 at the 2016 Global Pound Conference by the Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon.
Dispute resolution refers to the settlement of disputes between parties. Dispute resolution methodologies include litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) whether administered by the court or private entities. ADR mechanisms include arbitration, mediation, conciliation, and negotiation.