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International Arbitration: Challenges & Opportunities

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Tuesday, 23 March 2021
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Arbitration has morphed from its early days as a quick and rough form of dispute resolution to a sophisticated mechanism practised by leading legal lights. Yet, year after year, end-users remind us that they are far from satisfied with the process. Furthermore, Covid-19 has forced lawyers, arbitrators and end-users to adapt to a new reality. What are the challenges facing those who practise arbitration today? How are arbitral institutions, arbitrators and lawyers responding to the challenges? And is international arbitration still a field fertile with opportunities for those  who seek to cultivate it?


Mr. Chan Leng Sun, SC-Deputy Chairman, SIAC Board of Directors; Senior Counsel, Supreme Court of Singapore.

Chan Leng Sun SC is practising as counsel and arbitrator with Essex Court Chambers Duxton (Singapore Group Practice). He is a Senior Counsel of the Supreme Court of Singapore. He is the Deputy Chairman of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and the SGX. Appeals Committee. He is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and the Advisory Panel of the Singapore Maritime Foundation. Leng Sun is qualified in Malaysia, Singapore and England. He frequently acts as lead counsel in a broad range of commercial areas that cover technical disputes, maritime law, international trade, insurance, company law and financial fraud.
Leng Sun is a Chartered Arbitrator and a Specialist Mediator of the Singapore International Mediation Centre. He is the Immediate Past President of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb) and the former Global Head of Arbitration of an international law firm. He has acted as counsel or sat as arbitrator in arbitrations seated in Asia, Europe and USA under ad hoc and institutional rules. Leng Sun had taught at the law  schools  of  National  University  of Singapore and the Singapore Management University. He is the author of the book Singapore Law on Arbitral Awards and Co- Editor of Conflict of Laws in Arbitration.
Leng Sun is recognized among the top lawyers worldwide by  legal  directories, such  as  "Who's Who Thought Leaders – Litigation 2021", "Who's Who Legal - Arbitration 2021 and Acritas Stars 2020. He is described by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017 as "one of the best arbitrators and practitioners in arbitration” and by WWL as “an extremely bright and sharp advocate”; “among the very best disputes lawyers in the world”.


Datin Grace Xavier-Research Fellow, Faculty of Law, Universiti Malaya

Datin Grace Xavier is a Research Fellow with the Faculty of Law, Universiti Malaya. She specializes in Procurement Law, Construction Law, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation and Negotiation).    Her current research is on the Law Governing Public Procurement with particular emphasis on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). She is also a qualified arbitrator and certified mediator.
Mrs Xavier has conducted courses on Construction Law, Law of Arbitration and Regulation of Public Procurement at the Faculty Short Courses Programme (the Legal Education Extension Programme). She has also been a Guest Lecturer on the GCP (Good Clinical Practices) Workshop conducted by the Clinical Investigation Committee of the University Hospital, UMMC, since 2015. She has been a member of the Ethics Committee, Medical Faculty, University of Malaya, since 2007 and a Member of the Ethics Committee, Dental Faculty, Universiti Malaya, since 2013.
Mrs Xavier has also published extensively in local and international journals and is the author of the book, “Law and Practice of Arbitration in Malaysia” first published in 2001. The second edition of the book (with a co-author) was published in May 2019.


Last Updated: 11/03/2021