Admiralty Jurisdiction is quite distinct. Many of its fundamental features are not found in other branches of the law, and where there is an apparent overlap, is applied in a unique manner. It is easy for the novice to be lost in its peculiarities; confused by the shades of differences.
Admiralty Jurisdiction – The Peculiarities & the Charm highlights the distinctive features in Admiralty law that makes it peculiar, yet charming. The afternoon talk will discuss the source of power of the Court to exercise the Admiralty jurisdiction; the enforcement of rights in rem and in personam; and the salient points to note in arrests of ships, particularly in circumstances of insolvency and arbitration.
Sitpah Selvaratnam is an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya, Barrister-at-Law, Lincoln’s Inn; Arbitrator. Qualified in 1988 with a First Class Honours degree in law from the University of Wales, Cardiff, and in 1991 with a LLM from the University of Cambridge. Conferred a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2008, upon completion of study at Keble College Oxford. Practicing law in Malaysia since 1991, focused on corporate insolvency, commercial and shipping litigation and disputes. Represents diverse Malaysian and foreign corporations and commercial interests; including shipowners, commodity traders, port operators, Protection and Indemnity Clubs, insurers, financial institutions, Malaysia’s national asset management corporation, and securities commission.
Involved in over 100 shipping In Rem and In Personam actions, including arrest of ships, charterparty, cargo, international trade, documentary credit, marine insurance, and bunkering disputes; and collision, shipyard and port claims. Featured in successive editions of The Asia Pacific Legal 500 since 2005. Singled out by Shipping & Transport International, published in London in 2008, as a significant maritime personality.
Sitpah is the President of the International Malaysian Society of Maritime Law (IMSML), Chair of the Shipping and Admiralty Law Committee of the Malaysian Bar Council, Chair of the Maritime Committee of the InterPacific Bar Association (IPBA [2015-2017]), Co-Chair of the International Arbitration Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators (MIArb), Member of Panel of Arbitrators of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Singapore Chambers of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA) and supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA). Sitpah regularly appointed as Arbitrator in international, regional and domestic references on commercial, international trade and shipping disputes.
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