Dorcas has more than a decade of experience as a practising mediator and in dispute research. Prior to joining academia in 2016, Dorcas was a District Judge in the State Courts for almost seven years, where she conducted mediation and early neutral evaluation for hundreds of civil and criminal cases, contributed to the courts’ mediation policies as well as published extensively concerning dispute resolution. She was earlier an Assistant Registrar in the Supreme Court and concurrently Assistant Director of the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC). Dorcas is currently an Assistant Professor of Law in the Singapore Management University’s Yong Pung How School of Law and will, from next year, be an Associate Professor.
Dorcas has been accredited by the International Mediation Institute and Singapore International Mediation Institute. She is a mediator with Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC), SMC, Asian Development Bank and the Office of the Ombudsman for UN Funds and Programmes. She is also a Fellow of the National Center for Dispute Resolution and Technology. Dorcas has conducted negotiation and mediation training in SMU, Attorney-General’s Chambers, Singapore, SIMC and SMC.
Dorcas’ research focuses broadly on the interaction between dispute resolution and the substantive and procedural aspects of justice. She has also explored the influence of culture on the mediation process. Her dispute resolution research has been published in leading journals including Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, Civil Justice Quarterly and Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal.
For a forthcoming major piece of research, Dorcas and her research collaborator have designed an empirical study to examine the impact of four communication modes, specifically: video-conferencing, audio call, text messaging and face-to-face interaction on achieving negotiation outcomes.