SIArb Newsletter Issue 36 (17 December 2020)

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December 2020  (Issue No.36)
the president's column


What a year 2020 has been.  A year of immense loss, devastation and tragedy.  Yet, it has also been a time for the world to display collective resilience and solidarity.  A time to pause and reflect on whether a return to “normal” is a good thing.  It is with a collective sigh of relief that the world received the good news of the various vaccine options.  And we can all be grateful that Singapore has been able to secure sufficient doses to vaccinate all residents within 2021.  Nevertheless,  the whole world needs to be vigilant in working towards getting well together.  And wellness goes beyond merely addressing Covid-19.

A “vaccination” has yet to be developed for another contagion that has ravaged our world – disinformation.   Disinformation has gone viral at such an alarming rate that it continues to breed distrust in traditional news media, and gives false credence to conspiracy theorists.  Why should this concern those of us in the arbitration world?  It must because ultimately our chosen calling demands us to be interested in truth and justice.  We must stand guard against the risk of cases being pleaded using “alternative facts” bereft of particulars or evidence.  We must uphold ethical standards that disallow us from trying to pass off fiction as fact before tribunals.  We must always remember that even though we may be on opposite sides as counsel, we ultimately have a common objective – to assist the tribunal in ascertaining the...

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Dinesh Dhillon
SIArb 2017-2021


CASE DIGEST (December 2020)
By Justin Gan, Nur Hijazi Jaffar & Tan Yi Lei, Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance & Daniel Seligman, Columbia Research Corp

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. Christine Artero

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Beyond Arbitration: Global Perspectives - "The United Nations at 75: Quo Vadis?" (16 November 2020)

SIArb launched its Beyond Arbitration: Global Perspectives lecture series in November 2020 with the purpose of giving its diverse membership which spans all geographical regions and sectors the pleasure of listening to eminent speakers on the larger issues facing our world today. We were very fortunate to have none other than Singapore’s beloved statesman and diplomat, Professor Tommy Koh, deliver the inaugural lecture.

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We are pleased to reproduce the speech by Prof. Tommy Koh delivered at our inaugural “Beyond Arbitration: Global Perspectives” Lecture on 16 Nov 2020 HERE.


Online International Entry Course (IEC) (1-21 September 2020)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Singapore Government’s “circuit-breaker” measures, the 2020 edition of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators’ annual and signature International Entry Course (IEC) was conducted only in September this year and, for the first time in the Institute’s history, it was conducted completely online. Lectures were delivered online by way of Zoom webinar recordings which could be accessed remotely and on demand during the course duration. Tutorials were led by tutors in live interactive classes conducted virtually on the Zoom meeting platform, and the written assessment was conducted virtually on Zoom...

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Upcoming EVENTS
28 Jan 2021
Singapore IP Strategy Series: IP-related International Arbitration – Advanced Issues 
18 Feb 2021 SAVE THE DATE! Developments in Singapore Arbitration 
22 March - 19 April 2021
Online Fellowship Assessment Course (IEC) 2021
20 May 2021 Interest in Arbitration is Interesting! (But the Law of Interest Claims is a Mess) 

     View our Past & Upcoming Events HERE.


SIArb Committees 2021

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:

  • Jae Hee Suh
  • Luis Enrique Ames
  • Thiam Hock Kwah
  • Olivia de Patoul
  • Hi Yung Leung
  • Leon Chan
  • Dr Subroto Roy
  • Simon So
  • Isaiah Kirigua
  • Ai Ling Ho
  • Made Grazia Valyana Ustriyana
  • Wong Chen Hin
  • Nicolas White
  • Sarah Lam
  • Ming Hua Cheng
  • Clara Chen
  • Sujata Tripathi
  • Mei Ling Tan
  • Hong Wai Wong
  • Wee Teck Seng
  • Aaron Tan
  • Subbarshinie Gnashanmugam
  • Peter Soon Hing Chew
  • Jose Vicente Salazar
  • Glaiza Sarmiento
  • Nicole Ha-Yoon Cho
  • Jung Jun, Mark Chay
  • Ruby Tham
  • Wee Teng Sik
  • Rachel Ewin
  • Allan Wang
  • Mee Jee Tan
  • Wui Boon Lim
  • Josip Mladenic
  • Kwang Hyuk Choi
  • Esther, Hui Nah Seah
  • Anthony Koo Nam Kok

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 (2020-2021) 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 Chor Leong
Chia Ho Choon
Andrew Pullen
Ramesh Selvaraj
Rebecca Tai Andersen
Tan Weiyi 

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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