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12 June 2018

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

As at the time of my writing this, it is back on again! I am talking about the much anticipated meeting between President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un. Regardless of whether or not the meeting actually takes place, the choice of Singapore as the venue is worth reflecting on. Why is this relevant to international arbitration? I believe the factors that led to Singapore being chosen for this historic meeting is a reflection of the Singapore brand values that have shaped Singapore into being leading seat for global dispute resolution. Singapore was chosen because of its neutrality, safety, reliability, integrity, efficiency, excellence and openness. Singapore’s commitment to being a good host is further reflected by Minister of Defence, Ng Eng Hen’s stating that Singapore will willingly bear some of the costs of the planned summit.

It is such commitment to these Singapore “brand values” that will ensure Singapore keeps making strides in international arbitration. At the recently concluded SIAC Congress, Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon mentioned that one of the challenges was to ensure a constant pipeline of trained and future-ready practitioners. Read More

 

Dinesh Dhillon
President,
SIArb 2017-2019

17 May 2018

INVITATION TO JOIN THE SIARB POETRY COMPETITION

There's confliction and contradiction,
opposition inside a deep collision,
the fear of making the wrong decision.
 A disagreement without alleviation,
No rest found without accommodation,
If only there was an agreeable negotiation,
  All roads will lead to arbitration.
 Adapted from the poem "A showdown that won't slowdown" by Laura Loo

Open to SIArb members only.

Please write a poem about arbitration. The poem can be in any poetry style and can be about any facet of arbitration. There are no requirements as to the length of the poem.

Poems need to be received by 1 October 2018.

Click HERE for more details.


20 March 2018

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

It has been an eventful start for the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb) for 2018.

We continue to be blessed with leading arbitrators sharing their knowledge at our events. I had the privilege of Chairing Professor Lawrence Boo’s talk on the developments in Singapore Arbitration in January 2018. It was an invigorating session with Prof Boo sharing his thoughts on landmark Singapore decisions such as Kingdom of Lesotho v Swissbourgh Diamond Mines (Pty) Limited & 8 othes [2017] SGHC 195 in which the Singapore High Court set aside an investor-state arbitration award. February brought us an insightful session on Oil & Gas Arbitration by Mr Shourav Lahiri, Director, Lahiri LLC. I encourage all of you to also attend the upcoming session on 28 March on The Anatomy of Concurrent Evidence or Witness Conferencing, aka “Hot Tubbing”. Professor Leslie Chew will share with us the objective and mechanics of witness conferencing. Read More

 

Dinesh Dhillon
President,
SIArb 2017-2019

15 December 2017

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

2017 has been a significant year for Arbitration in Singapore and for the SIArb. As the year comes to an end, it is a time not only to reflect and give thanks but also to recharge and prepare for 2018.

SIArb celebrated its 36th Anniversary with a memorable dinner at Aura, National Gallery on 1 November. The organisers of the dinner, led by Tan Weiyi and assisted by our secretariat, Intellitrain repeated the success of last year’s dinner at the same venue. We thank our Guest of Honour, Mr VK Rajah SC, for his insights on the important issue of ethics in International Arbitration which has given us much food for thought. We also just concluded an excellent Symposium on 16 November at the iconic Old Parliament House. Kudos to Tay Yu-Jin and his committee on a sterling job done. Read More

 

Dinesh Dhillon
President,
SIArb 2017-2019

1 December 2017

SIArb LinkedIn Page

SIArb is pleased to announce: the launch of its new LinkedIn page.

We encourage you to follow, like and share our page, as well as contribute comments on our posts.


3 November 2017

Extension of time for Public Consultation on draft SIArb Guidelines on Party-Representative Ethics

SIArb announced the commencement of the public consultation process on the draft SIArb Guidelines on Party-Representative Ethics (“Guidelines”) in October 2017.

As this important subject is receiving keen attention and helpful consideration from many quarters, SIArb is pleased to extend the consultation period to 31 January 2018.  

View/Download Consultation paper HERE.

View/Download the draft Guidelines HERE.

SIArb members and all interested practitioners are invited to review the draft Guidelines and send in their comments during the consultation period (which is extended to 31 January 2018).  Comments may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or in hard copy to Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #05-07, Singapore 059817, FAO Working Group on Party-Representative Ethics.


20 October 2017

Dear Fellows, Members and Associate Members of Singapore Institute of Arbitrators,

1.  COUNCIL AND OFFICE-BEARERS:

Following the elections at the Annual General Meeting on 28 September 2017, and co-options made at the Council meeting of 5 October 2017, the following is a listing of the Office-Bearers and Council Members till the next AGM in 2018.

President
Mr Dinesh Dhillon
(2017 – 2019) – Elected at AGM 2017
Vice President
Mr Tay Yu-Jin
(2017 – 2018) – appointed under Art 7.8.6.1 to
fill vacancy caused by Council Member’s
Dinesh’s appointment as Vice-President
Honorary Secretary
Mr Naresh Mahtani
(2016 – 2018) – Elected at AGM 2016
Honorary Treasurer
Mr Mohan R Pillay 
(2017 –  2019) – Elected at AGM 2017
Immediate Past President
Mr Chan Leng Sun S.C.
(2017 – 2019) (Imm. Past President) – under
Art. 7.1.3
Council Members
Mr Chia Chor Leong
(2017 – 2019) – appointed under Art. 7.8.6.2
w.e.f.  5 October 2017
Mr Chia Ho Choon
(2017 – 2019) – Elected at AGM 2017
Mr Francis Goh Siong Pheck
(2016 – 2018) – Elected at AGM 2016
Ms Adrienne Louise Beatrice Kouwenhoven
(2017 – 2018) – Co-opted by Council under Art. 7.1.4 w.e.f. 5 October 2017
Mr Andrew Pullen
(2017 – 2019) – Elected at AGM 2017
Ms Tan Weiyi
(2016 – 2018) – Elected at AGM 2016
Mr Yeo Boon Tat
(2016 – 2018) – Elected at AGM 2016


2.   COMMITTEES: 

The Council invites all Fellows and Members to volunteer to serve on Committees of the Institute. The Committees and their respective Chairs are as follows; and if you are interested in joining any of the Committees, please respond using the REPLY SLIP and email to the Secretariat by 3 November 2017. (You may select up to 3 Committees only).

For your information, please refer HERE for the Terms of Reference of these Committees and a list of the Committees for 2016-2017.

Committees
Chairs/Vice-Chair
Activities
Chair: Mr Andrew Pullen
Vice Chair: Ms Adrienne Louise Beatrice Kouwenhoven
Arbitration Bar
Mr Tay Yu-Jin
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Chair: Mr Francis Goh
Vice Chair: Mr Andrew Pullen
Education & Training
Mr Naresh Mahtani
Publications & Website
Mr Yeo Boon Tat
Scheme Arbitration
Mr Chia Chor Leong

 


26 September 2017

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

I am coming to the end of my second term as President of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. So much has happened in these four years. I will take this opportunity to take stock.

Some of you will remember that Intellitrain took over the running of our Secretariat at the end of 2013. It did a sterling job helping us to tidy up our internal records. Actual paid-up membership at that time was estimated to be about 665. We are now more than 900 members. I am fairly confident that we will hit the 1000 mark within a year. That will surely be a milestone to remember.

SIArb hosted the Regional Arbitral Institutes Forum (RAIF) Conference for the second time in August 2014, after the Conference had made its rounds to the homes of our fellow RAIF members. It was a tremendous success, attended by 120 lawyers from more than 10 countries. Read More

Chan Leng Sun S.C.
President,
SIArb 2013-2017

 28 August 2017

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
 
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 36th Annual General Meeting of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators will be held on 28 September 2017 at 6.00pm at
1 Marina Boulevard, NTUC Centre, Level 9, Room 903, Singapore 018989.

SIArb members, please log-in to the Members' Resources for more details.


18 May 2017

SIArb Guidelines for Third Party Funders

SIArb released its draft Guidelines for Third Party Funders for public consultation on 28 February 2017. This was followed by a lively seminar on Third Party Funding with panelists from SIArb, the Law Society and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre in March 2017. A number of law firms and third party funders have written in with their helpful comments on the draft Guidelines. Following the consultation period, SIArb has finalised its Guidelines for Third Party Funders on 18 May 2017.

Please download the Guidelines HERE and Accompanying Notes HERE.


28 February 2017

Public Consultation on SIArb Guidelines for Third Party Funders

The Civil Law (Amendment) Act (CLA) and the Civil Law (Third-Party Funding) Regulations 2017 (CLA Regulations) to facilitate third party funding of Singapore-seated international arbitrations and related court or mediation proceedings take effect from 1 March 2017. This statutory framework is meant to be supplemented by industry-led guidelines to promote best practices amongst stakeholders.

The Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb) is working on Guidelines for Third Party Funders to complement the third party funding regime in Singapore. A draft of the Guidelines is released HERE for public consultation. Feedback is welcome and should be submitted to SIArb by letter emailed to the SIArb Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 31 March 2017.


20 February 2017

Discontinuation of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Return Form

We will be discontinuing the current practice of requiring submission of the annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Return forms to SIArb by Panel Arbitrators with immediate effect.
SIArb Panel Arbitrators will continue to have the individual responsibility, on an honour basis, to engage in continuing professional development activities to remain equipped to serve as arbitrators on the Panel, as per the Panel Arbitration CPD Points Guidelines HERE.


24 January 2017

SIArb E-Newsletter

SIArb is pleased to announce that its newsletter has gone fully online, and the hardcopy edition has been replaced with an e-newsletter.

We will continue to bring you quality content and timely updates, delivered right to your inbox.

Click HERE to read our latest issue. Read our other issues HERE

Should any member have any contributions to make to the e-newsletter, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

SEPTEMBER 2017

I am coming to the end of my second term as President of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. So much has happened in these four years. I will take this opportunity to take stock.

Some of you will remember that Intellitrain took over the running of our Secretariat at the end of 2013. It did a sterling job helping us to tidy up our internal records. Actual paid-up membership at that time was estimated to be about 665. We are now more than 900 members. I am fairly confident that we will hit the 1000 mark within a year. That will surely be a milestone to remember.

SIArb hosted the Regional Arbitral Institutes Forum (RAIF) Conference for the second time in August 2014, after the Conference had made its rounds to the homes of our fellow RAIF members. It was a tremendous success, attended by 120 lawyers from more than 10 countries.

In December 2014, SIArb signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Singapore Institute of Architects and in January 2016, with the Japan Association of Arbitrators. We are forging friendships with the aim of harmonizing good practices across sectors and borders.

In September 2016, we launched the upgraded and completely redesigned SIArb website, with new features offering convenient functionalities for members. The website now carries an integrated event calendar for SIArb and relevant third party events. Members can register and pay for events online. The integrated membership management system offers a one-stop location for membership matters, including a members' area where members can access members' only resources and update their personal profiles.

Those who have been following developments on Third Party Funding regulations will know that SIArb has launched its Guidelines for Third Party Funders on 18 May 2017. We have taken on board suggestions that SIArb should offer third party funders an opportunity to declare their support for the Guidelines. Those who do will be acknowledged on the SIArb website as being a supporter of the Guidelines. I am pleased that we already have six leading Third Party Funders on board.

A second product is on the way.  A SIArb Working Group has completed its draft on the SIArb Guidelines on Party-Representative Ethics. The difficulty in harmonising this area is matched by the importance of doing so, for the integrity and success of the arbitral process. There will be public consultation on the draft before it is finalized. I thank my fellow Working Group members, Mr Mohan Pillay, Mr Rian Matthews and Ms Adriana Uson for their hard work on these guidelines.

On 6 September 2017, an appreciative audience followed with interest the observations of Ms Judith Gill QC on the topic "Arbitrator Conflicts of Interest: Are the Modern Safeguards Sufficient?" The seminar was chaired by Mr Dinesh Dhillon.

The complementary topics of Arbitrator's ethics and Party-Representative's ethics will be rounded-up in a seminar on 10 October 2017. Mr Gary Born will present his lecture on Arbitrator's ethics, after which he and the SIArb Working Group will discuss issues raised in the draft SIArb Guidelines on Party-Representative Ethics.

Before our Annual General Meeting starts on 28 September 2017, we will have a pre-AGM talk by Mr Alvin Yeo, SC with his retrospective review of Singapore Arbitration from Birth to Boomtown - The Past 25 Years.

Our flagship Fellowship Assessment Course will be conducted on 27, 28 and 30 October 2017. Non-legally trained candidates are required to attend Module 1 on 19 & 20 October 2017, which covers Contract, Tort and Evidence.

Please do attend our Annual Dinner on 1 November 2017. It will be repeated at the lovely Aura Restaurant, where we had it last year. We are excited to have as our Guest-of-Honour, the former Attorney-General of Singapore, Mr VK Rajah, SC. I can promise you will enjoy this special event.

Given the packed schedules of our members, one can never have too much advance notice. The ever popular SIArb Commercial Arbitration Symposium 2017 returns for its 8th year on 16 November 2017. As usual, the hallowed Old Parliament House will provide a distinguished setting for the lively debates.

Finally, the observant among you might have noticed that the SIArb logo now sports a slogan "Asian Sensibilities, Global Standards". This reflects a theme that I touched on at the SIArb Gala Dinner in 2016. SIArb has its roots in Asia and understands Asian cultural nuances and practices. However, we have a duty to promote the best practices globally and the highest standards in international arbitration. The SIArb Council agrees that this phrase captures the defining characteristic of SIArb as a leading Asian Arbitral Institute.

Our membership now spans the entire breadth of the globe, from US, Europe, Middle East to Asia. The diversity helps to enrich our understanding of the myriad of ways in which arbitration is practised. At the same time, it encourages us to abandon parochialism in favour of harmony. After all, one of our Objectives is the improvement of the standards of skill and expertise of arbitrators and those involved in ADR. Our collective knowledge and perspectives are a formidable asset as SIArb continues to be a focal point for thought leadership in arbitration in the coming years.

It has been a real privilege to be entrusted with the helm and a joy to serve with such congenial and diligent Council members. I am also grateful to members who turn up regularly at our events, whose words of encouragement provide such comfort to the Council. I will, of course, remain a part of the SIArb, but insofar as my last column as President is concerned, "So long, and thanks for all the fish."

Chan Leng Sun S.C.
President,
SIArb 2013-2017

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