A Guide to the SIAC Arbitration Rules

ISBN : 9780199657216

Lucy Reed; Mark Mangan; John Choong
368 Pages
178 x 253 mm
Pub date
Aug 2014
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This is the first text to provide a comprehensive rule-by-rule examination of the inception, interpretation and application of the SIAC Rules, written by practitioners with extensive experience in South East Asia arbitrations, and with the benefit of insights from the SIAC Secretariat. It is practical and strategic in approach, considering how each rule features in the context of the realities that practitioners face, while a complementary thematic analysis brings out connections between the rules and those of other institutions. The work benefits from the access to the travaux preparatoires of the 2010 Arbitration Rules Drafting Committee, giving them insight into the purposive thinking behind the amendments, as well as access to SIAC published awards and the views of the SIAC Secretariat. The book begins with an introduction to Singapore arbitration, both practical and legal, and is followed by an overview of SIAC arbitration, including a flowchart of the different stages of a typical case. The corporate structure of SIAC is explained. Every rule is then examined in detail on a thematic basis, starting with the commencement of an arbitration and working up to and including the rendering of an award and the determination of costs. The book concludes with chapters dedicated to SIAC domestic arbitrations and ad hoc cases which are administered by SIAC. Relevant supporting documents are appended, including SIAC Practice Notes and the SIAC Code of Ethics for Arbitrators. No aspect of SIAC arbitration is left uncovered. The book stands alone as a comprehensive exposition of SIAC arbitration.


1. Arbitration in Singapore
2. Legal Framework for Arbitration in Singapore
3. Introduction to SIAC Arbitration
4. SIAC Corporate Structure
5. Starting the Arbitration (Rules 1 to 4)
6. Expedited Proceedings (Rule 5)
7. Formation and Challenge of the Arbitral Tribunal (Rules 6 to 15)
8. The Conduct of Proceedings (Rules 16 to 23)
9. Jurisdiction of the Tribunal (Rule 25)
10. The Powers of the Arbitral Tribunal (Rules 24 and 27)
11. Interim Relief (Rule 26 and Schedule 1)
12. Awards (Rules 28 to 29)
13. Costs (Rules 30 to 33)
14. Miscellaneous Provisions (Rules 34 to 37)
15. Ad Hoc Arbitrations
16. Domestic Arbitratons (Schedule 2)

About the author: 

Mark Mangan is a Singapore-based partner in the specialist international law firm, Dechert LLP. Mark represents clients in complex cross-border disputes, often involving a government or political dimension, in various sectors including oil and gas, mining, finance, and telecommunications. He has acted as counsel in over 25 commercial, investment treaty and sports arbitrations, and been appointed as arbitrator under the rules of various institutions (SIAC, ICC, LCIA and SCC) and as an ad hoc arbitrator under the Singapore International Arbitration Act. Mark is recommended in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015 for his work in Singapore. In addition to writing this book, Mark's academic contributions include numerous articles and book chapters on investment treaty arbitration, international commercial arbitration and sports arbitration, and he presents regularly at seminars and conferences on those subjects. Mark is admitted to practice law in Australia, England and Wales.; Lucy Reed heads Freshfields' global international arbitration group, which is ranked at the top of the GAR 100, Chambers, Legal 500 and the AmLaw Scorecard. Lucy advises private and public clients on high-value commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, and sits selectively as arbitrator. Among her many publications, Lucy is co-author of the 1st and 2nd editions of the Guide to ICSID Arbitration, as well as the 2nd and 3rd editions of the Freshfields Guide to Arbitration Clauses in International Contracts (both published by Wolters Kluwer). Currently directing the Freshfields' international arbitration practice in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, she has substantial experience in Asia, including as general counsel of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization, and in Asian-related arbitrations. Lucy is on the SIAC panel of arbitrators and serves on the LCIA Court and the new ICC Governing Body. She is Honorary Vice President of the American Society of International Law.; John Choong is a partner in Freshfields' international arbitration group, and has had many years of experience dealing with disputes and arbitrations covering much of Asia (including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, India, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, and China). He has practised arbitration in both Singapore and Hong Kong, and has been involved in many Singapore arbitrations, including those under the SIAC Rules and the SIAC Domestic Arbitration Rules. John is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, and has been listed as a leading individual for dispute resolution in Chambers Global. He is admitted in Singapore, Hong Kong and England and Wales, and is a Singapore country rapporteur for the ICC Task Force on the New York Convention. He has published with OUP, Kluwer, Juris, Sweet & Maxwell, and others.

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