LEE Tye Beng, Joel


DCH (AIH), LL.M. (Harvard), LL.B. (Wellington), Solicitor & Barrister (New Zealand), Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore)

  • Mediator, Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Member, ADR Advisory Council of the Subordinate Courts of Singapore
  • University Teaching Excellence Committee
  • General Editor, Asian Journal on Mediation
  • Professorial Fellow, Singapore Institute of Legal Education
Email Address:
Office Tel: (65) 6516-3571 
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Office Address

Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776
Research Interests

Teaching methodology
Appropriate Dispute Resolution
Conflict of Laws

Subjects Taught


Brief Biodata

Professor Joel Lee co-pioneered the teaching of Negotiation and Mediation in the Singapore Universities and has played a significant role in furthering the development of mediation in Singapore, not just in education, but also in practice. A graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and Harvard Law Schools, Joel is an associate partner with CMPartners (USA) and a principal mediator with and the Training Director of the Singapore Mediation Centre.

He is an adjudicator with the Financial Industry Disputes Resolution Centre and was a member of the International Mediation Institute's Independent Standards Commission and Intercultural Taskforce. He was also a key member of the Ministry of Law's Working Group on International Commercial Mediation. Joel is presently the founding Chair of the Board of the Singapore International Mediation Institute.

Joel has taught overseas at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), University of Law, Economics and Science of Aix‐Marseille (Aix-en-Provence France) and Anglia Law School (UK) and is the co-editor and co- author of the book An Asian Perspective on Mediation and the General Editor for the Asian Journal on Mediation. In 2011, Joel was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award which is the National University of Singapore's highest teaching award.

Representative Publications

1. "Overcoming Attribution Bias in Mediation: An NLP Perspective" (2004) 15 ADRJ 48

2. "ADR Clauses and Enforcement: Cable & Wireless PLC v IBM United Kingdom Ltd" (2003) LMCLQ 164

3. "Mediation Clauses at the Crossroads" [2001] SJLS 81.

4. Case Analysis and Statutory Interpretation: Cases and Materials (2nd Edition) (Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, Singapore 2001) (co-author)

5. "The Enforceability of Mediation Clauses in Singapore" [1999] SJLS 229

6. "The ADR Movement in Singapore" The Singapore Legal System (ed: Kevin Y.L. Tan) (Singapore University Press, Singapore, 1999) pp 414-445.

7. "An Asian Perspective on Mediation" (Academy Publishing, Singapore, 2009) (co-editor)

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