Thursday, 1 September, Singapore

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Wade Coriell

King & Spalding

Wade Coriell is deputy head of King & Spalding’s International Arbitration practice and leader of its Asia disputes group. Chambers calls him "an excellent advocate whose level of experience and ability make him stand out." Wade has represented clients in several of the largest international arbitrations on record in Asia and Latin America, and his recent work includes handling five Asia-based disputes of over $1 billion each.

Wade is ranked in Chambers, Legal 500, and several other directories. In 2013, Law360 named him one of five Rising Stars in International Energy Law, and GAR calls him "a lawyer to know."

Chiann Bao

Arbitration Chambers

As a New York-qualified Mandarin-speaking attorney, Ms. Bao has spent more than fifteen years working in international arbitration in London, New York and Hong Kong. She has served as arbitrator (presiding, sole, and co-arbitrator) in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations under the major arbitral rules, including UNCITRAL, ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, and AIAC. 

Ms. Bao currently serves as Vice President of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Court of Arbitration. From 2010 to 2016, Ms. Bao served as Secretary-General of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, where she managed hundreds of arbitrations before tribunals in Asia, with a specific focus in China. She is an Honorary Senior Fellow of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and a frequent lecturer. 


09.00: Welcome coffee and registration

09.35: Chairs’ opening remarks

Chiann Bao, Arbitration Chambers
Wade Coriell, King & Spalding

09.45: Session one: Let’s settle this: mediation within investor-state arbitrations

Arbitration has been the go-to choice for the resolution of investor-state disputes. However, recently the advantages of resolving international investor-state disputes through means of mediation have gained traction amongst practitioners and academics. In August 2018, ICSID announced its fourth and most extensive changes to dispute resolution rules – including a new dispute settlement mechanism, the Mediation Rules. So what specific techniques and approaches to a successful mediation should every expert know? This panel will guide us through the best practices, along with the strengths and pitfalls of employing mediation devices during an investor-state arbitration.

  • What are the key mediation devices and services available to parties as support in an investor-state dispute?
  • Mediation advocacy vs arbitration advocacy: how are they different and what kind of new approaches might arbitrators consider to stay ahead of the game?
  • Why aren’t we seeing more mediation in the context of investor-state arbitration, especially considering how mediation has seen widespread adoption in other areas of disputes?
  • What are the perspectives of stakeholders?
  • What assessment can we make of the current mediation system in Singapore? What are the most pressing systematic issues and what’s the way forward from here?
  • How have we seen ICSID’s mediation rules being used in practice?

11.00: Coffee break

11.30: Session two: Singaporean law as governing law – a new era for Singaporean practice?

It is well known that English law governs most international commercial contracts and that that fact has helped establish London as one of the premier seats for international arbitration. Should Singapore be looking to replicate this with a distinctive and innovative governing law of their own? And if they did, what would that look like and could it challenge English laws dominance in arbitration agreements?

The panel are expected to explore:

  • Is this likely, and if it is what could it mean for Singapore and its legal market?
  • How could Singapore adapt, update and improve current English law, so as to pose serious competition?
  • How might aspects of civil law be incorporated into the Singaporean law system, and how would this impact the arbitration process?

12.45: Networking lunch 

14.00: Fireside chat

14.30: Session three: Enforcement of Singaporean awards across borders

This panel will discuss award enforcement across different jurisdictions, and the challenges that come with the territory. Practitioners from other jurisdictions bring their own understanding of arbitration and domestic common practices to the table when coming to Singapore as a seat; how do they approach Singapore exactly and how does this differ from place to place?

This panel will also discuss:

  • Have we got the balance right in Singapore when it comes to enforcing awards?
  • Is Singapore becoming too arbitration friendly? Has Singapore been enforcing awards which may have issues? What grounds can you overturn a case on?
  • How do clients and practitioners outside Singapore approach international arbitration, and what effect does this have on the enforcement of Singaporean awards overseas?
  • How might a client’s domestic laws impact the enforcement of an award?

15.45: Coffee break

16.15: Session four: The GAR Live debate

In Oxford Union style, we will hear teams of debaters argue in favour of, or against, a motion in a lively back-and-forth. The audience will play a part in the decision through a live vote and will be encouraged to grill the panellists with further questions. Judges will also voice their opinions on what has been heard, before choosing which side to support and giving reasons for their decisions.

Motion: This house believes that the SIAC rules should provide parties with the opportunity to appeal on a point of law

17.30: Chairs’ closing remarks

Chiann Bao, Arbitration Chambers
Wade Coriell, King & Spalding

17.45: Close of conference

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