Attend ICC’s annual Asia conference on international arbitration and keep up to date with the latest regional developments. The conference will offer a line-up of world-class speakers, topical discussions and an excellent opportunity to network.

Topics will include:

  • Arbitration developments in the region
  • The Geopolitics of Law
  • “From our Perspective”: Demystifying the workings of theTribunal and the State Court
  • Oxford style debate: This house believes that the Singapore Convention will change the current landscape of dispute resolution for the better

PROGRAMME

08:00 – 09:30 Registration and welcome coffee

08:30 – 09:30 Arbitration developments in the region

This session will explore recent arbitration developments in the region, such as the China International Commercial Court, arbitrations relating to the Belt and Road Initiative, the rise of investor-state disputes, important domestic court decisions and changes in national legislation that have an impact on international arbitration.

  • Andi Kadir, Partner, HHP Law Firm, Indonesia
  • Louie Ogsimer, Chair, Arbitration, Co-Chair, Litigation, Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles, Philippines; Alternate Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • Helen (Hong) Shi, Partner, Fangda Partners, China; Alternate Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • Pui-Ki Ta, Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitratoin, Hong Kong
  • Masako Takahata, General Counsel, Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation, Japan

Chaired by:

  • Sanjeev Kapoor, Partner, Khaitan & Co, India

09:30 – 09:50 Welcome addresses

  • Alexis Mourre, President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
  • Alexander G. Fessas, Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Director, ICC Dispute Resolution Services, Paris

09:50 – 10:20 Keynote speech

  • K Shanmugam SC, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, Singapore

10:20 – 10:50 Discussion

  • K Shanmugam SC, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, Singapore
  • Lawrence G.S. Boo, Head of Chambers, The Arbitration Chambers, Singapore; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Chaired by:

  • Alexis Mourre, President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

10:50 – 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 – 12:00 The Geopolitics of Law

A major power struggle is breaking out between America and China. It will impact many dimensions, including international law. For example, the WTO is facing a moment of peril, especially in the area of dispute settlement. Globalisation has succeeded well because it floated on a sea of norms and rules created after World War II. Will this new geopolitical struggle endanger this sea of norms and rules? How should the world of business and law deal with these new challenges? Can ASEAN play a role?

  • Kishore Mahbubani, Senior Advisor (University & Global Relations) and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore

12:00 – 13:00 Discussion

  • Nguyen Manh Dzung, Director, ADR Vietnam Chambers LLC, Vietnam; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • Brenda Horrigan, Head of International Arbitration, Herbert Smith Freehills, Australia
  • Kishore Mahbubani, Senior Advisor (University & Global Relations) and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Co-Chaired by:

  • Jelita Pandjaitan, Partner, Linklaters Singapore Pte. Ltd., Singapore
  • Byung-Choi (B.C.) Yoon, Attorney, Kim & Chang, South Korea; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 “From our Perspective”: Demystifying the workings of the Tribunal and the State Court

A colloquium amongst eminent arbitrators and state court judges from the region.

Conference attendees will get to hear, from the arbitrators’ perspective, about how things have changed and the trends that have been observed in recent years (spanning both procedural and substantive issues).

In a similar vein, judges who have heard challenges to arbitral awards will provide their insight on what they have observed and their perspectives on the viability of various issues that are often raised before them.

The session will provide an insight into the minds of the arbitrators and judges, who will share their candid thoughts on the sort of arguments that work or do not work and the “soft” skills displayed by practitioners and experts that impress or irk them.

  • Salim Moollan QC, Essex Court Chambers, United Kingdom
  • V K Rajah SC, International Arbitrator, Essex Court Chambers Duxton, (Singapore Group Practice), Singapore
  • Anselmo Reyes, International Judge, Singapore International Commercial Court, Singapore
  • Hazel Tang, Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Singapore
  • Ariel Ye, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons, China

Chaired by:

  • Loretta Malintoppi, Independent Arbitrator, 39 Essex Chambers, Singapore; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

15:00 – 15:30 Discussion

15:30 – 15:50 Coffee break

15.50 – 16.50 Oxford style debate: This house believes that the Singapore Convention will change the current landscape of dispute resolution for the better

For:

  • Smitha Menon, Partner, WongPartnership LLP, Singapore; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • Marion Smith QC, 39 Essex Chambers, United Kingdom

Against:

  • James Morrison, Principal, Morrison Law, Australia
  • Adrian Tan, Partner, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, TSMP Law Corporation, Singapore

16:50 – 17:20 Discussion and jury comments

Jury:

  • Alexander G. Fessas, Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Director, ICC Dispute Resolution Services, Paris
  • Benjamin Hughes, Arbitrator, The Arbitration Chambers, Singapore
  • Sapna Jhangiani, Partner, Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore Pte Ltd., Singapore

17:20 – 17:30 Closing Remarks

  • Abhinav Bhushan, Regional Director for South Asia, ICC Arbitration & ADR, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Singapore
  • Mingchao Fan, Regional Director for North Asia, ICC Arbitration & ADR, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Shanghai

20.00 – 22.30 Dinner

Venue:

Sofitel Singapore City Centre
9 Wallich Street
07885 Singapore

  • Event Details
  • Location: Singapore
  • Start Date: 26/06/2019 8:00 am
  • End Date: 26/06/2019 10:30 pm
  • ArbitralWomen Participation: Brenda Horrigan, Sapna Jhangiani