SIArb Newsletter Issue 37 (31 March 2021)

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March 2021  (Issue No.37)
the president's column


It was around this time last year when Covid-19 had forced the world to confront a common adversary.  Amidst the tragic loss of life, we were forced to slow down, re-evaluate what matters and re-define how we live.  The International Arbitration community responded with resilience.  We effectively harnessed technology without compromising due process to ensure that access to justice was not disrupted.  SIArb quickly adapted to hold its training programs and CPD events online.  The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“SIAC”) announced a record caseload as at 30 Oct 2020 of 1005 cases and also launched a new SIAC Americas office in New York.  The Supreme Court of Singapore continued to provide vital support to international arbitration as cases relating to jurisdictional issues, setting aside and enforcement of awards continued to be heard virtually.  I also noticed how platforms such as Linkedin have evolved in 2020 such that tuning in to my “newsfeed” has been a useful way of keeping abreast of legal developments through updates from friends globally.  We were forced to be physically distant, yet we “virtually” became...

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Dinesh Dhillon
SIArb 2017-2021

CASE DIGESTS (March 2021)

By Charis Wang, Fullerton Law Chambers LLC & Daniel Seligman, Columbia Research Corp

In this issue, we report on the following decisions on arbitration released by the Singapore courts between Jan 2021 and March 2021:

  1. CAI V CAJ AND ANOR [2021] SGHC 21
  2. CBS V CBP [2021] SGCA 4 (“CBS V CBP”)
  3. CHH V CHI [2020] SGHC 269
  4. Vitol Asia Pte Ltd v Machlogic Singapore Pte Ltd [2020] SGHC 209

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: 

Mr. Teodoro Kalaw

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March - April 2021
Online International Entry Course (IEC) 2021 
27 April 2021 SIArb Roundtable Discussion on: “How to Make a Career in Arbitration” 
20 May 2021
Interest in Arbitration is Interesting! (But the Law of Interest Claims is a Mess) 
6 Sept 2021 Joint APIEx - SIArb “Spotlight on Experts” Virtual Conference 

     View our Past & Upcoming Events HERE.


Developments in Singapore Arbitration (18 February 2021)

Chaired by Mr Francis Goh (Harry Elias Partnership LLP), the Institute held one of our flagship events, the annual talk on Developments in Arbitration, on 18 February 2021. We were privileged to welcome back Professor Lawrence Boo to deliver an annual round up of arbitration cases considered by the Singapore courts in the last calendar year...

Joint SIArb-SCCA Debate: "This House Believes that Virtual Meetings and Hearings will be the Norm Post Pandemic" (3 December 2020)

On 3 December 2020, SIArb held its Annual Debate as a joint event with the SCCA.

The collaboration brought about a lot of synergy, and allowed the two organisations, each representing arbitration practitioners and corporate in-house lawyers, to know and understand each other’s work requirements as well as an opportunity for networking (albeit virtual) amongst members.

The Annual Debate saw a brilliant line-up of participants. First and foremost, the event was chaired...

Incoterms 2020 – All You Need to Know and Common Pitfalls (9 September 2020)

The Incoterms or International Commercial Terms are a series of pre-defined commercial terms published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) since 1923. The Incoterms are however not law as they are a set of standard international trade rules for trading which parties can choose to incorporate into their trade contract.

The webinar held on 9 September 2020 was timely, as it looked at the ninth edition of the Incoterms introduced on 1 January 2020...



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:

  • Paul Michael Thomas Tracey
  • Ting Wei Ang
  • James Nicholson
  • Abraham Vergis, S.C.
  • Amila Gamage
  • Toh Jia Yi
  • Min Jian Chan
  • Sabine D Angely Lavail 
  • Ece Dayioglu
  • Andrew Ridgen Green
  • Kwang Hyuk Choi
  • Esther, Hui Nah Seah
  • Anthony Koo Nam Kok
  • Dr Matthew Secomb
  • Dominic Yip J Q
  • Ashok Kumar Singh
  • Kher Sheng Lee
  • Christopher Chong
  • Palmiotti Dario Simone
  • Yvonne Tang
  • Cheong Mei Ling Josephine
  • Tham Ruby
  • Matthew Charles Shaw
  • Kang Choon Hwee Alban
  • Adriana Alexis Uson-Ong
  • Choo Zheng Xi Remy
  • Eddie Luar
  • Peter Chew

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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