SIArb Newsletter Issue 30 ( 28 June 2019)

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28 June 2019 (Issue No. 30)
the president's column


We are already at the midway point of 2019. SIArb has had an exciting year thus far and there is still more to come.
SIArb conducted its first ever joint arbitration training program in Tokyo with the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (“JCAA”). Chan Leng Sun SC and I were privileged to work with Furuta Yoshimasa, Yutaro Kawabata as co-trainers. The program was well received and we look forward to collaborating more with the JCAA in the future. We will continue to look for opportunities to export the Singapore brand of arbitration. We have in the past been part of a World Bank funded training program in Cambodia, a training program for a Russian delegation in Singapore, and a training program in Qatar.
The “Singapore” brand for dispute resolution will receive a major boost on 7 August 2019 when it will be amongst the first signatories of the United Nation’s “Singapore Convention on Mediation”.

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Dinesh Dhillon
SIArb 2017-2019


CASE LAW DEVELOPMENTS: Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Ltd v Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pte) Ltd [2019] SGCA 33

By Wynne Tay – MPillay
The Singapore Court of Appeal in this case allowed an appeal against the High Court's decision which refused to set aside an award (the "Award") issued in an arbitration administered under the auspices of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre ("SIAC").
In coming to its decision, the Court of Appeal discussed and set out important principles governing, amongst others:-


By Wynne Tay – MPillay
This High Court decision concerns an application by the plaintiff for an injunction to restrain the defendant from bringing winding up proceedings against the plaintiff on the ground that the contract between the parties obliged them to proceed to arbitration to resolve their disputes. The Court granted the injunction. An appeal by the defendant against the High Court's decision on this application is currently outstanding.
This decision is interesting because...

The CIETAC European Arbitration Centre – Some Legal Implications of a Vienna-Seated CIETAC Arbitration

By Adolf Peter – Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH, 
Vienna, Austria
I. The Opening of the CIETAC European Arbitration Centre
On 28 September 2018 the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (“CIETAC”) opened its first office in Europe in Vienna, Austria: the CIETAC European Arbitration Centre.
in the hot seat!

In each issue of our newsletter, we interview an SIArb member to get their views on the alternative dispute resolution scene in Singapore, and to obtain some insight into what makes them tick. In this issue, we interview Ms. Monica Neo.

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Recent Events
SIArb-JAA Programme on International Commercial Arbitration (21, 22 May 2019)

Further cementing the cooperation between SIArb and the Japan Association of Arbitrators (JAA), the two institutions conducted their first joint programme on International Commercial Arbitration in Tokyo on 20 and 21 May 2019. SIArb was represented by President Dinesh Dhillon and Immediate Past President Chan Leng Sun, SC. Yoshimata Furuta and Yoshihiro Takatori kindly contributed their time...

International Entry Course 2019 (26, 27 & 29 April 2019)

The Singapore Institute of Arbitrators’ annual and signature International Entry Course (IEC) is a comprehensive and substantial programme which consists of 4 modules and a Written Examination. These 4 modules cover the key aspects and fundamental concepts of arbitration; the differences between arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution; the differences between institutional and ad hoc arbitrations; the laws and rules applicable to an arbitration; the arbitration agreement; appointment of the arbitral tribunal; the jurisdiction, powers, rights and duties of the tribunal; challenges to the tribunal; the arbitration process and procedure; the award and its recognition and enforcement. Each module is taught by way of a lecture, followed by...

Arbitral Decision-making: Art, Science or Sport? (11 April 2019)

SIArb is privileged to welcome back Professor Lucy Reed, who was on an esteemed panel of speakers at the Institute’s “Party-Representative Ethics: Time to move the Needle?” session in January, where she had shared some thought provoking views on what arbitral tribunals could do to set the tone of the proceedings and deal with complaints on counsel misconduct and disruptive or inappropriate behaviour.
Prof Reed, as Director of the NUS Centre for International Law and Professor at the NUS Law Faculty, and a former Vice President of SIAC and ICCA, brings with her decades of both practical and academic experience. At this latest seminar, she gave a light-hearted lecture of the differences one would find with the “Art” versus the “Science” in the decision making process, and finding the balance between them.

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Dinesh Dhillon
Vice President
Tay Yu-Jin
Honorary Secretary
Francis Goh
Honorary Treasurer
Mohan R Pillay
Immediate Past President
Chan Leng Sun S.C.
Council Members
Chia Chor Leong
(co-opted wef 5 Oct 2017)
Chia Ho Choon
Andrew Pullen
Ramesh Selvaraj
Rebecca Tai Andersen
Yeo Boon Tat
Yeo Boon Tat
Committee Members
Dr. Chung Kah Keat, David
Justin Gan
Gan Kam Yuin
Fayth Kuah
Lim Hseng Iu
Dr. Adolf Peter
Ananya Pratap Singh
Christopher Tan Teow Hin
Tan Beng Hui, Carolyn
Tham Wei Chern
Dr. Gunawan Widjaja
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