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Upcoming Events

A Three-Part Workshop: "Arbitration at the SIAC: The Inside Track" (24 January 2018)

CIArb (Singapore branch) is proud to partner with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) to offer a series of three workshops on arbitration proceedings at the SIAC. For the first workshop, we are delighted that Mr. Gary Born, the President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, Mr. Kevin Nash, the Deputy Registrar & Centre Director, and counsel from the Secretariat will offer a behind-the-scenes view on the workings of the Secretariat of the SIAC, examining a wide variety of topics covering every aspect of the administration of an arbitration under the SIAC Rules. The first workshop, which will take place on 24 January 2018, will look at the workings of the SIAC Court and the SIAC Secretariat. The second and third workshops will look at different aspects of the SIAC Rules, including issues surrounding commencement of arbitration and the various applications that may be made under the SIAC Rules.

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YMG Roundtable Event - How to Develop a Career in International Arbitration (30 January 2018)

The Young Members Group (YMG) is pleased to present the next roundtable event with a panel of international arbitration practitioners, to discuss the topic on “How to Develop a Career in International Arbitration”. Participants are invited to send in questions in advance of the roundtable event as well as join the networking evening tea reception. More will also be shared on how to join CIArb as an Associate / Member.

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Events Highlights 
YMG Lunchtime Talk by Professor Hilmar Raeschke-Kessler on 'IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Commercial Arbitration: The Common Law and Civil Law Approaches' (20 October 2017)

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It is said that the differences between the civil law and common law legal systems become most acute during the taking of evidence. Could the IBA Rules, which are used in most international arbitration proceedings, be the bridge that joins the divide? At this event, eminent arbitrator Professor Hilmar Raeschke-Kessler discussed on the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence and in particular on the different approaches in civil law and common law jurisdictions. This event was organised by the Young Members Group of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Singapore and hosted by CMS Singapore.

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Talk by David C. Rule on 'Computer Forensics' (24 October 2017)

Steffen Pedersen (Member of CIArb Singapore Events & Social Subcommittee) and David C. Rule

Technology plays an essential part in almost all disputes in building a solid case and in complying with discovery rules. Getting it right the first time and understanding the ways in which information can be stored and retrieved is essential. Looking for a specific entry or a single email can be daunting but critical. An entire business dispute or multimillion dollar claim/arbitration may hinge on the data – when it was generated, altered, deleted by whom and under what circumstances. Today’s businesses generate vast amounts of data and information; the key to managing that data for a forensic investigation and extracting meaningful information is using the right experts at the right time. In this talk, real world examples of cases and the best strategy to ensuring being data ready for proceedings, were discussed.

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International Arbitration Competition 2017 (Deadline: 1 November 2017) 

 From left: Jonathan Ellis (Accuracy), Timothy Cooke (Co-Chairman of CIArb Singapore Events & Social Subcommittee),
 David Isidore Tan, James Church-Morley, Lionel Leo Zhen Wei, Chou Sean Yu (Chairman of CIArb Singapore)                                                                                                        

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Singapore branch) Competition for 2017 concerned witness conferencing. Entrants were invited to draft a procedural order for the taking of expert and fact evidence in fictional arbitration proceedings and to provide a commentary explaining the rationale for the order. 

The competition was successfully concluded with a joint first prize and a runner-up.
Winner: David Isidore Tan
Winner: James Church-Morley
Runner-up: Lionel Leo Zhen Wei

The winners received a cash prize of S$1500 each and were invited to join the sub-committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Singapore branch) on Witness Conferencing in International Arbitration. The sub-committee is chaired by Michael Lee, independent arbitrator at 20 Essex Street Chambers. The runner-up received a cash prize of S$500. All cash prizes were generously sponsored by Accuracy.

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YMG Supper Club Events - November Supper Club (22 November 2017)

We were delighted to welcome honorary guest, and leading international arbitrator, Mrs. Judith Gill QC, to the YMG November Supper Club Event. The November Supper Club Event was held at ALBA 1836 Wine Bar & Restaurant.

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CIArb Singapore Members' Evening 2017 (29 November 2017)

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The Members’ Evening, which was was held at Empress (1 Empress Place, #01-03, Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore 179555), was an occasion for members and guests in the arbitration community to meet and interact. The Branch welcomed new members and Fellows, as well as expressed their appreciation to members and supporters from Singapore and overseas who made the events in 2017 so successful. The Branch also announced and presented the winners of the Witness Conferencing Competition.

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 Upcoming Courses

2018 Courses
The dates for the courses commencing in 2018 will be announced soon. Should you be interested in the CIArb International Arbitration courses and would like to be kept updated of the confirmed date(s), you may contact the Secretariat at

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