About the Institute

The Singapore Institute of Arbitrators is an independent professional body established in 1981. We have nearly 1000 members, based in Singapore and abroad, from a diverse range of professional backgrounds. Many of them are active practitioners working in dispute resolution, including as arbitrator, mediator, counsel, expert witness or at arbitral institutions.

We are a truly neutral professional body with no link or affiliation to any particular industry, but bonded together with a common interest in arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution procedures.

Our mission includes the education of arbitration practitioners, the promotion of arbitration and the development of the profession of arbitrator, as well as providing social and networking opportunities for all those involved in arbitration in Singapore. We have a particular focus on professional training and development, and organise talks, seminars and training courses for members and the public on a regular basis. We also act as an appointing authority for the appointment of arbitrators upon request.

We contribute to thought-leadership in the arbitral community, for example by publishing guidelines (for third party funders in 2017 and on party representative ethics in 2018), by responding to official consultations and by providing a forum for practitioners to discuss current issues. We publish a regular newsletter and in 2019 we plan to launch an arbitration journal.

SIArb is a founder member of RAIF, the Regional Arbitral Institutes Forum, which brings together seven professional institutes across the Asia-Pacific region.


We have three main classes of membership: Fellows, Members and Associate Members. Admission for Fellows and Members includes passing our Fellowship Assessment Course or International Entry Course respectively, or demonstrating equivalent knowledge and experience.

Membership benefits include:

  • Professional recognition: post-nominal letters (FSIArb, MSIArb, ASIArb) and listing on our website
  • Panel memberships
  • Continuing professional development
  • Professional Code of Conduct & Ethics
  • Professional networking
  • Updates on the law and practice of arbitration
  • Discounted entry to events organised by SIArb, other RAIF member institutes and certain other partner organisations;
  • Opportunities to get involved in the Institute, through membership of our committees.

Our activities

We run an active programme of events, open to members and non-members, including:

  • courses on arbitration for prospective Members and Fellows;
  • our flagship Commercial Arbitration Symposium;
  • networking events, including our Annual Dinner and our Members’ Night; and
  • a regular CPD programme.

Our 2018 CPD programme featured a wide range of subjects and speakers and provides a flavour of our activities.


Date Topic Speaker(s)
 November  Singapore Arbitrators - How Can They Remain Relevant In A Changing Regional Services Market  Prof. Khory McCormick, Bartley Cohen Litigation Lawyers
 October  Quantifying Damages – A Framework for Analysis  Adrienne Kouwenhoven, FAS Global
 September  The “New” 2017 ICC Rules of Arbitration - A Year On  Hazel Tang, ICC Secretariat
 September  Interlocutory Applications in International Arbitration  Alexander Milner, Gaurav Pachnanda S.A, Leigh-Ann Mulcahy Q.C, Nik Yeo, all of Fountain Court Chambers
 August  Maritime Arbitration – Tips on Rules and Practices  Andrew G Moran QC, The Arbitration Chambers Prem Gurbani, Gurbani & Co
 July  Focus on Commodities, Minerals and Energy Arbitration  Joseph Lopez, Joseph Lopez LLP Ben Lawson, PT. Sanaman Coal International
  May  Construction Dispute Resolution – Managing the Process: A Discussion about Best Practices  Prof. Leslie Chew, SC, Withers KhattarWong Singapore
 March  The Anatomy of Concurrent Evidence or Witness Conferencing, aka ‘Hot Tubbing’  Prof. Leslie Chew, SC, Withers KhattarWong Singapore
 February  Oil & Gas Arbitration  Shourav Lahiri, Lahiri LLC
 January  Developments in Singapore Arbitration  Prof. Lawrence Boo – The Arbitration Chambers, Singapore


How to join

We welcome applications to join the Institute. Applications may be made via our website, where you can also find full details of the admission criteria for each membership category.

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