“The Future of International Dispute Resolution: Innovation and Insights from the Asia-Pacific Region” is a one day conference on 23 April 2019.
Asia is at the crossroads of common and civil law jurisdictions with multiple legal systems and cultures. The interaction and intersection between different legal norms leads to a dynamic dispute resolution landscape. The conference will feature thought leaders and in depth provocative panel discussions that will celebrate the ways in which the Asia-Pacific region is creating innovative solutions to resolving disputes and the region’s power to influence the global development of international dispute resolution.
The conference will examine Asia’s role in shaping the future of international alternative dispute resolution, from the development of the arbitral institutions and arbitrators needed for the future, to procedural innovations such as witness conferencing, and the use of the Prague Rules in civil and common law jurisdictions. The conference will explore the use of alternative dispute resolution such as dispute boards in construction and infrastructure projects, including China’s One-Belt One Road initiative, and mediation in international disputes. The conference will also launch the Chartered Institute of Arbitrator’s Guidelines on Witness Conferencing in International Arbitration.
Two special sessions will bookend the conference. The conference will start with a breakfast session featuring the thoughts of in-house counsel on how dispute resolution needs to develop. The conference will close with a spotlight for younger voices in the region to present their ideas on the future of dispute resolution in the Asia-Pacific.
Hosted by the Singapore CIArb branch in conjunction with the Australia, East Asia, Malaysia and Thailand CIArb branches, this conference will bring together CIArb members and other international arbitration practitioners from across the Asia-Pacific Region. The conference is being held immediately before the IPBA Conference in order to allow delegates to easily attend both conferences.
0800 - 0830 - Registration
0815 - 0915 - Working breakfast: In-house perspective on the future of dispute resolution (free for general and in-house counsel)
0915 - 0930 - Break
0930 - 0940 - Opening Address
0940 - 1000 - Keynote speech
1000 - 1100 - Session 1: The future arbitration eco-system in the Asia-Pacific
1100 - 1130 - Morning tea break
1130 - 1230 - Session 2: Launch of CIArb Guidelines on Witness Conferencing in International Arbitration
1500 - 1600 - Session 4: Alternative approaches to litigation and arbitration
1600 - 1700 - Session 5: The next generation: new voices
1700 - 1710 - Closing remarks
1710 - 1830 - Networking cocktail
Further details about the conference can be accessed here
The deadline for submissions for the New Voices (next generation) session at the CIArb APAC Conference on 23 April has been extended to 15 March 2019.
The abstract proposals must be provided in a Word document not exceeding 500 - 1000 words accompanied by a cover email indicating the author's nationality/nationalities, age (applicants must be under 40 years old), affiliation, qualifications, CIArb membership and whether the abstract has been submitted and/or accepted for publication somewhere else.
Quentin Loh was appointed a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Singapore on 1 September 2009 and a Supreme Court Judge on 1 June 2010. He is the Judge in charge of the Singapore International Court and concurrently, was also appointed a non-permanent Judge of the Supreme Court of Fiji from August 2018 for a three-year term. He was made an Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple in 2017.
Prior to his joining the Bench, he was the Deputy Managing Partner of Rajah & Tann LLP from December 2003 to 12 August 2009. He was a key member of its international arbitration group as well as head of the Construction & Projects and Insurance and Reinsurance practice groups. Prior to joining Rajah & Tann in 2001 as a member of its Executive Committee, he was Managing Partner of Cooma, Lau & Loh, a firm he co-founded in 1978. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 1999. Until his appointment as a Judicial Commissioner, he was also a founding director of Maxwell Chambers, the dedicated building for holding arbitrations.