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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
  • Country: Singapore
  • City: Singapore
  • Type of organization: Independent organization
  • Date of creation: 1981
  • Interests: Arbitration – Mediation - Training
  • Fields of expertise: All types of Disputes

[edit] Description

The Singapore Institute of Arbitrators is an independent professional body established in 1981. Presently, we have more than 600 members, with three major categories of membership - Associate, Member and Fellow. Many of our members are practising professionals from a wide spectrum of diversified backgrounds like, Architects, Certified Public Accountants, CEOs, Dispute Resolution Consultants, Doctors, Engineers, Lawyers, Lecturers, present & former High Court Judges, Marine Surveyors, Naval Architects, Project Managers, Property Managers, Shipbrokers, Queen Counsels, Senior Counsels, Senior Government Officials, Quantity Surveyors etc. Many of them are also directly and indirectly involved in the dispute resolution procedures as Arbitrators, Mediators, Expert Witnesses and Consultants. Its members are also geographically represented throughout the world.

The Singapore Institute of Arbitrators is a truly neutral professional body with no link or affiliation to any particular industry but bonded together with a common interest in arbitration & other Alternative Dispute Resolution procedures. Its main focus is in the aspect of professional training & development. The Singapore Institute of Arbitrators organises talks, seminars and training courses for members and the public on a regular basis. Besides being a centre for promoting knowledge of arbitration & other ADRs, The Singapore Institute of Arbitrators also acts as an appointing authority for the appointment of arbitrators upon requests. It also works closely with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.

[edit] Vision

"Train arbitrators and promote the use of arbitration for dispute resolutions"

[edit] Objectives

The objects of the Institute are:

  • To promote, encourage and facilitate the practice of settlement of disputes by arbitration and other means of dispute resolution.
  • To afford opportunities for promoting social interactions and good relations among members and between members and other persons concerned in the proceedings of arbitration and those involved in alternative means of dispute resolution in Singapore.
  • To maintain and improve the standards of conduct and learning of the profession of arbitrators and those involved in alternative means of dispute resolution.
  • To represent, protect the status, and interest of the profession of arbitrators and those involved in alternative means of dispute resolution generally.
  • To promote the study of Arbitration Law and Practice relating to arbitration and alternative means of dispute resolution.
  • To disseminate among members information on all matters affecting arbitration, and alternative means of dispute resolution and to print, publish, issue and circulate such periodicals, papers, circulars and other literatures, and to contribute articles to magazines and periodicals as may seem conducive to any of these objects.
  • To establish a Library and to provide suitable hall and rooms for the holding of arbitrations, and alternative means dispute resolution lectures and meetings, or amenities for the use of members.
  • To provide means of training and testing the qualification of candidates for admission to professional membership of the Institute by examination, and for such purposes to award certificates.
  • To purchase, lease, hire, or otherwise acquire suitable premises for the use of the Institute and to manage, improve, develop and utilize any such premises and to sell, mortgage, let, or otherwise dispose of the same.
  • To invest the monies of the Institute in such manner as may from time to time be determined by the Council.
  • To arrange for alliance or affiliation with any Institution, Association or Society with similar objects to those of the Institute on such terms or conditions as may be in the interest of the Institute.
  • To establish and maintain good relations with institutes of arbitrators in other countries and to participate in the activities of other international organisations and become a member thereof.
  • To lay down a code of professional conduct which shall be binding to all members of the Institute.
  • To recommend conditions of engagement and a scale of professional charges, and to regulate the practice of the profession of arbitrators and the practice of alternative means of dispute resolution by the members of the Institute.
  • To do all such lawful things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objectives or any of them.

[edit] Training & Research

[edit] International Entry Course

International Entry Course (IEC) is a two and a half day programme, comprises of a taught course and concludes with a written examination at the end.

The Course covers subjects including Arbitration Agreements, Appointment of Arbitrators, Preliminary Meetings, Pleadings, Powers and Jurisdiction of Arbitrators, Arbitration Procedure, Awards, Costs, International Arbitrations.

Candidates who pass the Course may, subject to satisfying other relevant criteria, qualify for admission as:

[edit] Fellowship Assessment Course

The Fellowship Assessment Course (FAC) consists of a two-full day programme which covers Modules 2, 3, 4 & 5 with topics such as: institution arbitration and ad-hoc arbitration, arbitration agreement, appointment of arbitrator, the UNCITRAL model law, roles of tribunal and parties, procedures for arbitration, drafting of directions, hearing, procedures for arbitration and drafting of Award. Non-legally trained candidates are required to undertake Module 1 which covers topics related to Laws of Contract, Tort and Evidence.

To complete the Fellowship Assessment Course successfully, candidates are required to achieve 100% attendance and pass assessments of Modules 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Lawyers are exempted from completing Module 1. This is an Open Book Examination and candidates may bring into the examination hall any books or documents deemed relevant. Successful completion of the course modules and the Award Writing Examination will be deemed to be equivalent of passing the corresponding requirements for Fellowship of SIArb provided that candidates are aged at least 35 years old at the time of application. Subject to other admission criteria, successful completion of the Award Writing Examination will qualify members of the Law Society of Singapore to be admitted to the Panel of Arbitrators of the Law Society Arbitration Scheme.

[edit] Faculty of National University of Singapore

Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration (NUS): The increasing use of arbitration and other dispute resolution mechanisms means that more professionals will be called upon to act as arbitrators. Conducting arbitration properly necessarily assumes that the arbitrator understands the law supporting the process, the procedures that he is required to follow and the powers he is expected to exercise. While many lawyers are familiar with court procedures and the judicial process, few are familiar with the arbitral process. Non-lawyers have an even greater challenge when hearing disputes where parties are represented by lawyers in the arbitration.

This course is designed for both lawyers and non-lawyers who wish to be involved in the practice of arbitration viz. acting as arbitrators. Students will be taught the basics of the law of contract, tort and evidence, the law and practice of arbitration and will receive training in drafting directions, orders and the arbitral award.

[edit] Contact

32 Maxwell Road #02-01 Singapore 069115 - Singapore

Tel: 65 6372 3932; 65 6327 1938


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