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FULL! DEBATE: This House Believes That Artificial Intelligence Will Have Replaced Arbitrators Within 25 Years (06 December 2018)
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About this Debate:
Technology has frequently hit the headlines recently – for good and bad reasons – and it is clear that automation, computerisation and artificial intelligence are marching forwards with huge implications for how we live and work in the future. No job will be immune to technological development, and some will be changed beyond recognition or even die out. Will the role of arbitrator be one of them?
In this debate, the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators invites you to look into the future of dispute resolution and consider how technology is changing arbitration. Can – will – computers replace arbitrators within a generation?
  • For the motion: Katie Chung (Of Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright (Asia) LLP) and Divyesh Menon  (Associate, Mayer Brown)
  • Against the motion: Patrick Dahm (Consultant, Rechtsanwalt (Germany); Foreign Lawyer (Singapore), Samuel Seow Law Corporation) and Benson Lim  (Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells)
  • Moderator: Jelita Pandjaitan  (Partner, Linklaters Singapore Pte Ltd)
  • Judges: Jae Hee Suh (Associate, Allen & Overy), Alessa Pang (Senior Associate, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP) and Ankit Goyal (Partner, Allen & Gledhill LLP) (chair of the judging panel)
 Join us for free flow of wines, beers, soft drinks and food after the event!
Objective of this Debate:
SIArb’s 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. The Institute is keen to play its part in helping younger practitioners develop their careers in arbitration.
Whilst open to all, this debate is particularly aimed at younger practitioners. We hope the motion will be thought-provoking but also entertaining - and relevant to those who will still be working in 25 years’ time!
5.30 – 6.00pm Registrations and Standing Buffet Reception
6.00 – 7.00pm

Debate On The Motion:

7.00 – 8.30pm Networking Drinks

About the Debaters:

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Katie Chung - Of Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright (Asia) LLP
Katie Chung is Of Counsel in the dispute resolution and international arbitration team of Norton Rose Fulbright in Singapore. With more than a decade of experience in international arbitration, including over a year based in Hong Kong, Katie’s practice focuses on mining, energy and infrastructure related disputes, with particular expertise in advising international clients on matters with an Asian element.
Apart from her work as counsel in international arbitrations, Katie sits regularly as an arbitrator. She is the Singapore Representative of the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration and a member of AFIA’s publications sub-committee. Katie is also an assistant editor of the Singapore Law Blog, and publishes and speaks regularly on international arbitration. Most recently, Katie is a Buddy to a Young ICCA mentoring group, which provides mentoring to young and aspiring international arbitration practitioners.
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Patrick Dahm - Consultant, Rechtsanwalt (Germany); Foreign Lawyer (Singapore), Samuel Seow Law Corporation
Patrick Dahm is a Singapore-based German Rechtsanwalt who practises corporate and commercial law, including cyberlaw (ICOs, smart contracts, blockchain technology), and international arbitration as counsel, arbitrator or official legal expert/expert witness.
As a foreign practitioner he also has the distinction of being admitted to practise Singapore law. Patrick is a fellow of the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution (FAIADR) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), the German Institution of Arbitration (Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit e. V.), the Singapore Academy of Law, the Law Society of Singapore, the Bar Association of Berlin (Rechtsanwaltskammer Berlin), the Indo-German Lawyers Association (Deutsch-Indische Juristenvereinigung e. V.), the German-Singaporean Lawyers Association (Deutsch-Singapurische Juristenvereinigung e. V.), and the University of Hamburg Alumni Association (Alumni Universität Hamburg e. V.). He has published professional articles and delivered speeches and lectures on a variety of subjects, most of them related to international arbitration, corporate commercial and internet law.
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Benson Lim - Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells
As a multi-qualified international arbitration counsel, Benson Lim focuses on representing parties in cross-border arbitrations especially those with an Asian angle. Clients have cited him for his "splendid work" and "analytical ability and experience". A General Counsel once stated that he often "turns to Benson to seek his views on difficult areas of law."
More typical of a senior lawyer with much longer years of experience, he already sits as an arbitrator in addition to counsel work. His arbitrator appointments include being a sole arbitrator in a SIAC arbitration over international trade of components for solar technology equipment.
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Divyesh Menon - Associate, Mayer Brown
Divyesh Menon is an international arbitration and disputes attorney at Mayer Brown, based in Singapore. His practice spans complex commercial and investment disputes across a range of industries; with a focus on cross-border business combinations, energy and natural resources, construction and infrastructure, sports, gaming and media. Divyesh's recent experience has centred on acting for start-ups in cutting-edge fields, including disruptive media content providers and digital/AI-optimized logistics, supply chain and e-commerce platforms as well high-profile investments in the renewables sector in South and Southeast Asia. Divyesh has frequently served as tribunal secretary in both commercial and investment arbitrations around Asia, and also acted in and managed arbitration-related litigation in Singapore and other Asian jurisdictions.
Divyesh holds law degrees from the University of Bristol and University of Oxford and has completed programmes at the Hague Academy of International Law and the Cornell-Paris Institute of International & Comparative Law. Prior to Mayer Brown, Divyesh clerked for a leading international arbitrator and prior to that was a member of the international arbitration and construction practice of one of the largest Southeast Asian law firms.

About the Judges:


Ankit Goyal - Partner, Allen & Gledhill LLP

Ankit’s areas of practice cover international arbitration and cross-border dispute resolution in Asia with a focus on India-related disputes. He has acted as counsel on several cases under the rules of major arbitral institutions, including SIAC, ICC, HKIAC and the LCIA. He also has considerable experience supervising, coordinating and managing complex commercial litigations in a wide number of countries in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining Allen & Gledhill, Ankit was a lawyer in the Hong Kong office of an international law firm. From 2009 to 2012, Ankit was Head (South Asia) and Counsel at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) where he supervised the administration of approximately 150 arbitrations. Ankit is the Co-Chair of the YSIAC Committee, formed under the auspices of the SIAC. He graduated from the National University of Singapore with an LLM in 2009 and the Panjab University, Chandigarh with an LLB in 2004.


Alessa Pang - Senior Associate, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Alessa is a Senior Associate with the International Arbitration Construction & Projects practice group at Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP. She has handled a wide range of commercial disputes before international arbitral tribunals and has experience with both ad hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings under SIAC, ICC, HKIAC, UNCITRAL and ICSID Rules. Alessa also has a special interest in arbitration-related court proceedings, having acted for clients before the Singapore courts in setting aside applications, enforcement applications, and applications for anti-suit injunctive relief.


Jae Hee Suh - Associate, Allen & Overy

Jae Hee is an associate in Allen & Overy's international arbitration team based in Singapore. She previously practiced arbitration in Allen & Overy's Hong Kong and London offices. Jae Hee has represented clients in various sectors (including infrastructure, energy, finance, pharmaceutical and telecommunications) for both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under most major rules. She has also advised in relation to enforcing and challenging arbitral awards in different jurisdictions. 
Jae Hee was born and raised in South Korea and studied law at Oxford University (Magdalen College) as a STX Corporation scholar, graduating with several college and university prizes. She also obtained the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) from the University of Hong Kong and is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong.

About the Moderator:


Jelita Pandjaitan - Partner, Linklaters Singapore Pte Ltd

Jelita is a Partner in Linklaters Singapore office and leads the Southeast Asia disputes practice, with a focus on complex, high value cross-border disputes and investigations for major international banks and corporations. She advises clients in arbitrations, litigation and mediations in Hong Kong, Singapore and throughout the Asian region. Jelita specialises in financial and energy and resource arbitration in the major Asian seats and using all the major institutions and rules (SIAC, HKIAC, ICC, UNCITRAL) including obtaining interim injunctive relief and enforcing arbitral awards in regional courts. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and regularly speaks at arbitration conferences and seminars and has published several articles on arbitration developments. She has also conducted multiple appointments as sole or co-arbitrator. Jelita has extensive experience in local and foreign regulatory and internal investigations, particularly acting on regulatory matters which give rise to parallel Hong Kong and Singapore exposure. She also advises on the contentious aspects of cross-border transactions, including conducting due diligence on bribery and corruption risks. Jelita was endorsed as a Rising Star for financial services regulatory in IFLR1000 2018 and won the Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law individual award for Best in Dispute Resolution in 2015. She is admitted in Hong Kong and Australia and is fluent in English and Bahasa Indonesia.

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