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17.10.2019 Event

Arbitration

Converging Aims and Different Approaches under Common Law and Civil Law 

The impetus for business parties to have recourse to arbitration, and therefore the aims of this mode of dispute resolution, are increasingly converging across legal systems and traditions. Yet, when it comes to the specific procedural and substantial features of arbitral proceedings, certain differences endure that find their origins in the common law respectively civil law tradition.

 

Prominent among these are first, conceptions of the manner in which the arbitrator ought to position herself vis-à-vis the parties and the scope of her role and second, views on the appropriate means for collecting and evaluating the evidence to be relied upon in the arbitral proceedings.

This seminar will explain the differences in approach under the common respectively the civil law tradition and canvass means to produce acceptable solutions to maximize the utility of arbitration as an attractive means of dispute resolution for parties regardless of their home legal system.

Hosted in collaboration with the German Embassy in Singapore, this seminar brings together leading authorities in the field who not only have ample experience in arbitration, but are moreover intimately familiar with the common as well as civil law approaches to dispute resolution. Attendance is highly recommended for those who have experience in arbitration, particularly those involving parties from non-common law traditions, as well as lawyers keen to know more about the design and conduct of arbitral proceedings.

 

The event will take place as follows: 

Date:    Thursday, October 17, 2019

Time:    2:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 

Venue:  Singapore Management University, School of Law, 55 Armenian Street, Singapore 179943

 

PROGRAMM

02:15 pm   Registration 

02:45 pm   Introductory Words 
Professor Goh Yihan (Dean, SMU School of Law) & Dr Ulrich Sante (Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Singapore)

03:00 pm   Keynote Speech One: The Role of the Arbitrator: Busybody or Neutral Umpire 
Dr Axel Reeg, REEG Rechtsanwälte Mannheim/Germany, Member of the Board of the German-Singaporean Lawyers‘ Association

03:30 pm   Panel Discussion 
Moderator: Dato Paul Supramaniam, Chairman, Law Asia International Lawyers, Singapore

Panel:
Dr Axel Reeg
REEG Rechtsanwälte Mannheim/Germany, Member of the Board of the German-Singaporean Lawyers‘ Association

Dr Andreas Respondek
Lawyer, Respondek & Fan, Singapore/Bangkok

Professor Nadja Alexander
Professor of Law, SMU; Academic Director, SIDRA

04:30 pm   Coffee Break 

04:45 pm   Keynote Speech Two: Taking and Evaluating Evidence in Arbitral Proceedings 
Professor Lawrence Boo, The Arbitration Chambers

05:15 pm   Panel Discussion 
Moderator: Mr Paul Tan, Partner, Rajah & Tann

Panel: 
Dr Francesca Mazza
Secretary-General of the German Institute of Arbitration (Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit e.V.)

Dr Nicolas Wiegand
Managing Partner; Head of Asia Disputes, CMS Hasche Sigle, Hongkong

Ms Delphine Ho
Registrar, Singapore International Arbitration Centre, SIAC

06:15 pm   Concluding Remarks 
Professor Goh Yihan (Dean, SMU School of Law) & Dr Ulrich Sante (Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Singapore)

06:30 pm   Cocktail Reception 

06:30 pm   End of Event 

Further information & registration