SIArb Newsletter Issue 42 (05 August 2022)

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August 2022 (Issue No.42)
the president's column


SIArb was established in 1981 by 25 founder members and crossed its 40th milestone last year.  Our mission remains largely the same today – to serve as a national body to promote arbitration, train and accredit arbitrators, as well as organise lectures, courses and social events for our members, working in collaboration with likeminded organisations.

Although SIArb began in 1981 with a modest group of 25 non-lawyers and lawyers, it enlarged its membership to 79 by 1982 and grew to 600 members by its 25th year in 2006.  Today, we have just shy of 1,000 members and a more cosmopolitan mix of members than ever before, with high local and international demand for our training and accreditation services.  SIArb is one of the key stakeholders in the arbitration community in Singapore and contributes regularly to arbitration developments.

40 years for a volunteer organisation can be said to be more significant than 40 years in the life of a person in that it is only possible through the public service and sacrifice of all those who have come before us.  There is therefore much to commemorate, to celebrate and to be grateful for.

Council has been considering for some time different ways to commemorate the occasion – including to hold a gala dinner – essentially a party – for our members and friends to congregate.  Due to pandemic restrictions, we could not do this in 2021 but are looking forward to doing so in late November this year.  The electronic flyers have started being circulated so many of you will know that there will be three related events.

First, our popular annual Commercial Arbitration Symposium on 29 November 2022 (Tuesday), which is making a comeback after a 2 year hiatus, again in the old Parliament Chamber at the Arts House.  

Second, as the Chair of the Regional Arbitral Institutes Forum (RAIF) in 2022, SIArb is hosting the annual RAIF Conference on 30 November 2022 (Wednesday) as a pre-event of our gala dinner.

Third, our 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner will be held in the evening on 30 November 2022 (Wednesday) in the Fullerton Hotel ballrooms. We are honoured that Minister Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law, has agreed to grace our event and we have already started to receive reservations from colleagues and friends from the region and from further afield so we expect to be fully booked. Please do not leave your interest too late. We encourage those of you who would like to support the events to please book your tables or seats early. Our Secretariat will assist you with this as well as any interest in sponsorship.

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Tay Yu-Jin
SIArb 2021-2023

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    Council (2021-2022) Publications Committee (2022)
Tay Yu-Jin
Vice President
Andrew Pullen
Honorary Secretary
Francis Goh
Honorary Treasurer
Tan Weiyi
Immediate Past President
Dinesh Dhillon
Council Members
Chia Chor Leong
Chia Ho Choon
Ramesh Selvaraj
Rebecca Tai Andersen
Toh Chen Han
Yeo Boon Tat


Yeo Boon Tat
Committee Members
Khoo Jing Ling Mr Bernard Lim
Lim Hseng lu
Fabian Lim
Jenna Lim Ying
Adolf Peter
Daniel Seligman
Tham Wei Chern
Toh Chen Han
Amos Wu





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