So You Want to Venture into International Commercial Arbitration?

4 May 2018 - Fri / 1 day / 2:30pm - 5:00pm / Raja Aziz Addruse Auditorium Wisma Badan Peguam Malaysia (Formerly known as Wisma Straits Trading) Unit 2-02A, 2nd Floor 2 Leboh Pasar Besar, 50050 Kuala Lumpur

This seminar aims to inform Members of the Bar and legal advisers about trends and updates relating to international commercial arbitration in the Asia region. The opportunities and challenges for aspiring arbitrators, arbitration lawyers and young lawyers will also be discussed

Member: RM 85
Members admitted from 1 July 2011: RM 64
Law Student: RM 42
Pupil in Chambers: RM 42
Non-Member: RM 212
Organisers: Bar Council

CPD Points: 2
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The growth of international commercial arbitration is unprecedented and, at times, said to be phenomenal. Regional and international arbitration centres have seen record highs in terms of the increase in arbitration cases — due to the surge in cross-border trade and investments — that are not expected to abate anytime soon. Commercial disputes can be expected to rise in tandem with increasingly greater volume of regional economic activities and foreign direct investments (“FDIs”), such as the ASEAN Economic Community (“AEC”) and Belt and Road initiatives. Meanwhile, arbitration continues to receive significant interest from legal practitioners, with competition heating up in key regional cities such as Beijing, Singapore, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

This seminar aims to inform Members of the Bar and legal advisers about trends and updates relating to international commercial arbitration in the Asia region. The opportunities and challenges for aspiring arbitrators, arbitration lawyers and young lawyers will also be discussed, with the event covering the following topics:

  • International commercial arbitration — Why it matters
  • Rise in cross-border disputes
  • Regional competition and emergence of arbitration centres
  • Opportunities and challenges for lawyers
  • Becoming arbitrators — Why it can be difficult to become one
  • Future prospects


Professor Steve Ngo is a Singaporean academic and practitioner of international arbitration and dispute resolution. He is Vice-Chairman of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (“KIIT”) Law School, Arbitration Centre, Bhubaneswar; Adviser/Foreign Representative of Shanghai
Arbitration Court of International Shipping; and Adviser of Qinzhou Arbitration Commission, Guangxi. Professor Ngo is also the Chairman of Arbitration and International Dispute Resolution Practice Group of ASEAN Legal Alliance — a private network of law firms that come together from each of the ASEAN countries to offer a seamless delivery of legal services across a diverse cultural, geographical, and legal backdrop.

He has advised public and private entities not only on post-dispute matters but also on negotiation, mediation, and dispute management. Over the past decade, he has specialised in India, Indonesia and China — the three key growth economies of Asia and Southeast Asia. Professor Ngo has extensive experience dealing with parties from all over the world, bringing strong cross-cultural proficiency to international dispute resolution processes and strategising.

He has been appointed to various positions at several universities, including Honorary Professor of Law, National Law University, Delhi; International Visiting Professor, KIIT School of Law, Bhubaneswar, Odisha; Visiting Fellow, City Law School, City, University of London; Visiting Professor, Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia; part-time Professor at the School of Law, Guangxi University for Nationalities, Nanning; Visiting Fellow, Research Center of Intellectual Property Law and Competition Law, Tongji University, School of Law, Shanghai; and Visiting Scholar, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. He has written and published on subjects relating to arbitration and dispute resolution, including books on Chinese and Indonesian perspectives.

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