SIArb Newsletter Issue 32 ( 16 December 2019)

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16 December 2019 (Issue No. 32)
the president's column


December is upon us. It is a fitting time to look back at what 2019 has brought us. On 26 Nov 2019, we launched the Singapore Arbitration Journal, a joint initiative with the Singapore Academy of Law. Members will all receive complimentary copies. I would like to congratulate the General Editor Mohan Pillay, Editor Chan Leng Sun SC and Publishing Editor Yeo Boon Tat for seeing this vision through from conception to delivery. We are also very grateful to the advisory board of VK Rajah SC, Toby Landau QC, Loretta Malintoppi and Prof Lawrence Boo for taking time to guide us. Not to be forgotten are the invaluable team of Assistant Editors, Ramandeep Kaur, Matthew Koh, Janice Lee, Mahesh Rai, Tan Hai Song, Benjamin Tham, and Derric Yeoh. The aspiration behind the journal was to produce a world class platform for thought leadership on global arbitration issues yet with a Singapore focus. I believe we have achieved that with this first issue and work is already underway to continue this. I hope the journal inspires you to consider making future contributions.

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Dinesh Dhillon
SIArb 2017-2021

CASE DIGEST (December 2019)

By Christine Ong and Tan Yi Lei - Virtus Law LLP, with assistance from Michelle Lam

in the hot seat!

In this issue of our newsletter, we are pleased to have a colleague from Austria, Mag. Ralph Kilches, share his views on the current situation of arbitration in Europe in an environment where arbitration in Asia is seeing growth, and also give some insight into what makes him tick.

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Recent Events
SIArb Debate: This House Believes That Arbitral Tribunals Should Appoint Their Own Experts As A Matter Of Course (05 December 2019)

Expert witnesses are a common sight in arbitration. From engineers and quantity surveyors in construction disputes, to bankers explaining complex financial products, to accountants and economists calculating losses, to lawyers opining on principles of an unfamiliar law, their evidence is crucial to many...

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SIArb Annual Dinner (27 November 2019)

On 27th November 2019, SIArb hosted its 38th Anniversary Annual Dinner at Aura, Sky Lounge, National Gallery Singapore. It was chosen for the 4th time in a row due to its rooftop sky lounge overlooking the spectacular iconic skyline of Marina Bay which gave attendees a 180⁰ skyline view of the Padang as day turned seamlessly to night.

SIArb Commercial Arbitration Symposium (26 November 2019)

The ever-popular Commercial Arbitration Symposium attracted a diverse range of participants as usual, and they submitted a no less diverse range of topics for discussion. This year’s symposium was kindly sponsored by third-party funder, Profile Investment, and litigation support service provider...

Launch of the Singapore Arbitration Journal (26 November 2019)

The launch of the Singapore Arbitration Journal (SIArbJ), a co-publication by the SIArb and the Singapore Academy of Law, was successfully held on 26 November 2019 at the historic Arts House at The Old Parliament. An exciting morning started with eminent Guest-of-Honour, former Attorney-General and Judge of Appeal, Mr. V. K. Rajah S.C., commenting...

Looking into the Crystal Ball: Arbitration in Singapore, 2039 (30 September 2019)

Presentation to the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators by Alastair Henderson, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Singapore.


SIArb Committees 2020

We thank all members who have volunteered their time and services in our recent Call for Volunteers
The Committee Chairpersons have finalised their respective Committees.
You may view the role and composition of each Committee HERE.

New Members
The Institute extends a warm welcome to the following members:

  • Minh Le
  • Cathryn Mei Qin Neo
  • Velayudham Shunmugam
  • Lim Wei Lee
  • Magdalene Chew
  • Sumit Agarwal
  • Rajiv Vohra
  • Yu Kai Elaine
  • Ramesh Bharani Nagaratnam
  • Avinderjit Singh
  • Vellayappan Balasubramaniyam
  • Lawrence Lee Mun Kong
  • Daniel Seligman
  • Mary Claire M. Hernandez

View our Member Listing HERE.

Call for Contribution of Articles
The SIArb Newsletter is a publication of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators aimed to be an educational resource for members and associated organisations and institutions of higher learning. Readers of the newsletter are welcome to submit to the Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. well-researched manuscripts of merit relating to the subject matter of arbitration and dispute resolution. Submissions should be unpublished works between 1,500 to 2,500 words and are subject to the review of the editorial team.
    Council (2019 - 2020) Publications Committee
Dinesh Dhillon
Vice President
Tay Yu-Jin
Honorary Secretary
Francis Goh
Honorary Treasurer
Yeo Boon Tat
Immediate Past President
Chan Leng Sun S.C.
Council Members
Chia Ho Choon
(co-opted wef 5 Oct 2017)
Andrew Pullen
Ramesh Selvaraj
Rebecca Tai Andersen
Tan Weiyi (co-opted wef 9 Oct 2019)
Yeo Boon Tat
Committee Members
Gil Marie Alba
David Chung
Justin Gan
Fayth Kuah
Lim Hseng Iu
Deepika Madan
Adolf Peter
Mahesh Rai Daniel Seligman
Ananya Pratap Singh
Carolyn Tan
Tham Wei Chern
Christopher Tan
Andrew White
Wong Siew Hong
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