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Online Fellowship Assessment Course (FAC) 2020
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The Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb) is pleased to announce that a new edition of its Fellowship Assessment Course (FAC) is now open for registration. 

*The FAC will focus on teaching candidates the practical aspects of acting as an arbitrator. To benefit from FAC, candidates should already have a sound grasp of the law of arbitration.


It will consist of 6 modules with a total of 9 lectures, 6 practical workshops and an Award Writing Examination:

  • Module 1 will cover the basic concepts and principles on the sources of law, the law of contract, the law of tort, and the treatment of evidence. Candidates who have obtained a degree in law from a university or other tertiary institution recognised by the SIArb (or such other legal qualifications as the SIArb may in its absolute discretion accept) are exempted from Module 1. All other candidates are required to attend Module 1 and attend Practical Workshop 1. 
  • Module 2 relates to (i) the acceptance of an arbitral appointment, covering topics such as conducting conflict checks and making disclosures before or when accepting an appointment; (ii) dealing with jurisdictional challenges; and (iii) emergency arbitrations.
  • Module 3 covers (i) case management in conducting an arbitration; (ii) techniques for controlling time and costs in an arbitration; and (iii) drafting procedural orders.  
  • Module 4 covers (i) dealing with interlocutory applications; (ii) drafting discovery orders; (iii) dealing with costs of interlocutory applications; (iv) dealing with extension of time applications and guerilla tactics; and (v) dealing with preliminary issues.
  • Module 5 covers the conduct of the evidentiary hearing.
  • Finally, Module 6 covers the practical aspects of actually writing the Final Award.
  •  In the Practical Workshops, Workshop Leaders will address questions from candidates and show practical examples of an arbitrator’s work product such as procedural orders, Redfern Schedules, discovery orders and interim awards. In Practical Workshop 6, the Workshop Leader will dissect a sample award to see how it should, or should not, be written.
  • In the Award Writing Examination, candidates will write an enforceable final award.


Each lecture will be delivered online by way of a Zoom webinar recording which can be accessed remotely and on demand during the period specified in the Course Schedule below. Each candidate is required to view each lecture in sequence and in its entirety. The first lecture is preceded by an Introductory Video by the Course Director.  The total scheduled duration of all lectures is about 13.5 hours.

Each Practical Workshop will be led by one or more Workshop leaders in a live interactive class conducted virtually on the Zoom meeting platform. Each candidate is required to attend the full duration of each Practical Workshop, the dates of which are specified in the Course Schedule below. The total scheduled duration of all 6 Practical Workshops is 8 hours.

The Award Writing Examination is an open-book examination which will be conducted virtually on SIArb’s online course portal and/or on the Zoom meeting platform over a period of 3.0 hours on the date specified in the Course Schedule below. Each candidate is required to sit for and pass this written examination by writing an enforceable final award within the time and based on the facts given.  

Each candidate who has been successfully registered for FAC will receive personalised login details to SIArb’s online course portal to access all reading materials, lectures, presentations slides and the online examination as set out in the Course Schedule.


To complete the FAC successfully, a candidate must:

  1. Achieve 100% attendance at all the Practical Workshops; and
  2. Pass the open-book Award Writing Examination.

A candidate who has successfully completed the FAC may, subject to satisfying other relevant criteria, apply for admission as a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.


Admission to the FAC is open to:

  1. Lawyers with at least 10 years involvement in litigation/dispute resolution; or who have been active arbitrators, and can provide documentary evidence of such experience; OR
  2. Non-lawyers who have at least 10 years of involvement in dispute resolution or who have been active arbitrators, and who can provide documentary evidence of such experience; OR
  3. Those who have successfully completed the International Entry Course conducted by SIArb or such other equivalent course as may be recognised by SIArb.





Lecture videos (and the Introductory Video) will be accessible remotely and on demand during this
self-study period

9.00am on 18 November 2020 to
6.00pm on 14 December 2020

Practical Workshops








30 November 2020

10.30 - 12.00pm

Workshop 1 for Module 1

* 11 December 2020


12 December 2020

9.00 – 10.00am

10.30 – 11.30pm

12.00 – 1.00pm

1.30 – 2.30pm

3.00 – 5.30pm

5.30 - 6.00pm

Workshop 2 for Modules 2 

Workshop 3 for Module 3

Workshop 4 for Module 4

Workshop 5 for Module 5

Workshop 6 for Module 6

Course Director Closing Remarks & Briefing on Online Examination

*NB: SIArb reserves the right to allocate candidates to such groups for the Practical Workshops and to conduct the Practical Workshops on 11 and/or 12 December at its discretion. Candidates should ensure they are available for the full day on both dates.

Award Writing Examination





14 December 2020

10.00am – 1.00pm





Lecture / Workshop

Duration (Hours)


Introduction to FAC and its Objectives

Intoductory Video


 Module 1

Sources of Law

  • Common Law
  • Equity
  • Statute
  • Court system
  • Doctrine of stare decisis

Lectures 1



Law of Contract

  • Essential ingredients of a binding and enforceable contract – offer, acceptance, consideration, intention to create legal relations
  • Privity of Contract
  • Rules of Interpretation of Contracts
  • Express and Implied Terms
  • Assignment and Novation
  • Discharge of contract by breach
  • Remedies for breach of contract
  • Damages – liquidated and unliquidated damages; remoteness; ordinary and extraordinary damages

Lecture 2



Law of Tort

  • What is a tort – difference between tortious claim and contractual claim
  • Nature of vicarious liability
  • Negligence
  • Misrepresentation
  • Economic Torts
  • Remedies

Lecture 3




  • What is “evidence”
  • Relevance of rules of evidence in arbitration
  • Burden of proof
  • Standard of proof
  • Admissibility versus weight
  • Weighing the evidence – relevance and reliability

Lecture 4



Review of Module 1

Workshop 1


Module 2

Accepting the Appointment

  • Conflict Check – what to look out for
  • IBA Guidelines on Conflict of Interests
  • Disclosures
  • Verifying Jurisdiction – identifying the arbitration agreement; whether dispute falls within scope of arbitration agreement
  • Ascertaining seat; arbitral institution; arbitration rules; composition of tribunal; language

Dealing with Jurisdictional Challenges

  • Doctrine of “competence – competence”
  • Due process
  • When and how to decide

Emergency Arbitrations

Lecture 5



Practical Workshop for Module 2

  • Accepting the Appointment and Challenges to Jurisdiction: Practical exercise
  • Q&A on Module 2

Workshop 2


Module 3

Case Management

  • First Procedural Meeting – when to hold one
  • Matters to be dealt with at First Procedural Meeting
  • Adoption of Rules and Guidelines
  • Prague Rules
  • IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence
  • Procedural Timetable – How far should it go
  • Subsequent procedural meetings

Techniques for Controlling Time and Costs

ICC Report on such techniques

Drafting Procedural Orders

  • How to draft, what to say

  • Can procedural orders be appealed against or set aside and what is the significance of this

Lecture 6



Practical Workshop for Module 3

  • Examples of Procedural Orders to see how they are written
  • Q&A on Modules 3

Workshop 3


Module 4

Dealing with Interlocutory Applications

  • Common applications to expect - Amendment of pleadings; security for costs; injunctions; production of documents

Drafting Discovery Orders

  • Use of Redfern Schedule; How to draft a discovery order; Costs of application

Costs of Interlocutory Applications

  • Does the Tribunal have power to award costs on interlocutory applications
  • Award now or later

Dealing with Extension of Time Applications and Guerilla Tactics

  • How not to breach the rules of natural justice

Dealing with Preliminary Issues

  • Interim and Partial Awards

Lecture 7



Practical Workshop for Module 4

  • Examples of Redfern Schedules to see how they are used
  • Examples of Discovery Orders and Interim Awards to see what they say and how they say it

Workshop 4


Module 5

Conducting the Evidentiary Hearing

  • Pre-Hearing Conference – what should be discussed
  • Core Bundle of Documents for Hearing
  • Privacy of Hearing
  • Timetable and Allocation of Time
  • Timekeeping – whether or not to guillotine
  • Opening Submissions
  • Calling of Witnesses; Administering Oaths and Affirmations
  • Expert Witnesses – how should they and their evidence be treated;
  • Witness Conferencing or “Hot Tubbing” – How is this done; how to prepare for it
  • Dealing with objections during examination of witnesses
  • Pitfalls – Entering the arena - what the Tribunal should not do during the evidentiary hearing
  • Closing Submissions
  • Virtual Hearings

Lecture 8



Practical Workshop for Module 5

  • Q&A on Module 5

Workshop 5


Module 6

Writing the Award

  • Time for submission of Award
  • Partial Award or Final Award – e.g. bifurcation; reserving issues of costs and interest

  • Structure and components of Award – “Introduction” to “Dispositive”

  • Dealing with agreed issues framed by parties – Must Tribunal deal with even the irrelevant ones; Can Tribunal reframe or consolidate or depart from them

  • Techniques and tools for drafting the Award

  • Pitfalls – what to avoid in writing the Award

  • Awarding Costs

  • Awarding Interest

  • Scrutiny by arbitral institution

Lecture 9



Practical Workshop for Module 6

  • Dissecting a sample Award to see how it should (or should not) be drafted

Workshop 6



Course Director’s Closing Remarks




Award Writing Examination




  • Chia Chor Leong (Course Director)
  • Samuel Chacko
  • Remy Choo
  • Delphine Ho
  • Edmund Kronenburg
  • Johnny Tan
  • Toh Chen Han

For more details about our Course Faculty, please click HERE

To properly participate in this online course, you will require the following which must be put in place before the Tutorials and Online Examinations (no exceptions will be entertained) :

  1. A laptop or computer (as typing will be required during the Tutorials and examinations, accessing via mobile phone or other mobile devices is not encouraged)
  2. Stable Internet access from the same laptop/computer– a wired connection is recommended (this is especially important for taking the online written assessment)
  3. An Internet browser on the same laptop/computer
  4. A video camera (either external or built-in to your laptop or computer) to participate in the video Tutorials and Online Examination
  5. Zoom Client for Meetings
    If you have not used Zoom before, clicking HERE to download the latest version for security reasons. Even if you already have Zoom installed, we recommend that you check to ensure you have updated to the latest version due to frequent security upgrades and to ensure that your laptop/computer meets the minimum requirements for the use of Zoom.


  1. Acceptance or rejection of an application for admission to the FAC is at the sole discretion of SIArb.
  2. Closing date is 23 November 2020.  Placement is on a first-come-first-served basis.
  3. Registrations received on or before the closing date are confirmed upon RECEIPT OF FULL PAYMENT.
  4. SIArb reserves the right to change the content of the programme and/or the facilitators without prior notice. SIArb is committed to staging a successful programme.  However, we reserve the right to cancel the programme in which case refunds will be given, but otherwise, no refunds will be made for cancellations or no-shows by those who registered.
  5. SIArb reserves the right to change the venue or amend any of the other details published.
  6. By completing this form, you fully consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal data as appears in any form, document or electronic template, by SIArb.


Click HERE to download brochure.

Member or Associate Member of SIArb


$2,900 (All Modules (including Award Writing Exam)

$3,200 (All Modules (including Award Writing Exam)

$2,300 (Modules 2,3,4,5 & 6 (including Award Writing Exam)

$2,600 (Modules 2,3,4,5 & 6 (including Award Writing Exam)

For further enquiries, please contact the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators

Tel: (65) 6551 2785     Fax: (65) 6225 9426     E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  1. Places are limited and can only be allocated in order of priority upon receipt of registration and any payment due.
  2. SIArb reserves the right to update or amend the details of the programme and/or the names of Course Faculty without prior notice.
  3. SIArb will not entertain any request for a refund of fees.
  4. We reserve the right to refuse to register or admit any participant, and to cancel or postpone the Course.
  5. By completing this form, you fully consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal data as appears in any form, document or electronic template, by SIArb. [CLICK HERETO READ OUR PRIVACYPOLICY]

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