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SIAC Jakarta Conference 2015


On 17 September 2015, SIAC held its SIAC Jakarta Conference at the Raffles Jakarta. The Conference was a sell-out event, attracting an impressive turnout of about 200 attendees, of which 33% were private practitioners, and about 40% were in-house counsel. The rest of the participants were arbitrators, members of the academe, public sector officials, and industry service providers.

The theme of the Conference was ‘The Rise and Rise of International Arbitration in Indonesia’, bringing into focus the steady and continuous growth of arbitration in the jurisdiction.

The Conference opened with a Welcome Address by Mr Cavinder Bull, SC, Vice-President, SIAC Court of Arbitration and Deputy Chairman, SIAC Board of Directors, while the Keynote Address was given by Mr M. I. Zikrullah, Vice Chairman of SKK Migas.

The interactive panel sessions for the SIAC Jakarta Conference were loosely structured to mirror the development of an international arbitration case. Thus, the first panel session provided corporate counsel with tools at the outset of a dispute, such as how to draft proper arbitration agreements and how to select the proper dispute resolution mechanism. It also emphasised the importance of properly selecting the seat of arbitration.

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[Left to Right] Mr Cavinder Bull, SC, Ms Lim Seok Hui,
Mr M. I. Zikrullah
[Left to Right] Mr Nicholas Song, Mr Chua Sui Tong,
Mr Gilang Hermawan, Mr Paul Sandosham,
Ms Tan Ai Leen

The second panel session, on the Arbitration of Oil and Gas Disputes, recognised the growth of arbitration as the means to resolve disputes in the oil and gas industry, which is one of Indonesia's major industries. The second panel also considered the proposed amendments to Indonesia’s Oil & Gas Law and how these may affect corporate counsel, and those with interests in oil and gas operations in Indonesia.

The third panel session discussed the expedited procedure under SIAC, and delved into the questions that may arise when users consider applying to have their cases brought under this procedure.

Lastly, the fourth panel session brought delegates to what happens after the close of an arbitration dispute – enforcement. This panel session specifically talked about enforcement under the Indonesian legal regime, taking into account the particular requirements under the Arbitration Law and relevant decisions of the Central Jakarta District Court, and deliberated on hot topics such as whether there is unpredictability in enforcing foreign awards in Indonesia, especially with regard to the judicial interpretation of public policy.

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[Left to Right] Mr Kent Phillips, Mr Mark Mangan,
Mr Richard Hayler, Mr Glenn Cheng,
Mr Cavinder Bull, SC

[Left to Right] Mr Richard Tan, Mr Prakash Pillai,
Mr Denis Brock, Mr Rob Palmer, Mr Cavinder Bull, SC

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[Left to Right] Prof Hikmahanto Juwana, Prof Dr Frans Winarta, Dr Mohamed Idwan Ganie, Mr Andi Kadir,
Mr Anangga Roosdiono, Prof Huala Adolf

Speakers and moderators of the panel sessions included Mr Bull, SC, and other leading international arbitration practitioners, members of the academe, corporate counsel, and expert consultants with an international background and diverse areas of expertise. We would like to thank our Indonesian friends and supporters, Prof Huala Adolf, Vice Chairman of the BANI Arbitration Center, Dr M. Idwan Ganie of Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo, Mr Gilang Hermawan, General Counsel, Indonesia & Malaysia, Siemens, Prof Hikmahanto Juwana of the University of Indonesia, Mr Anangga Roosdiono, Chairman of the Indonesian Arbitrators Institute, and Dr Frans Winarta of Frans Winarta & Partners, along with our other sponsors and speakers, for all of their invaluable contributions and support which, together with the interactive exchanges between members of the audience and panellists throughout the day, helped to make this event a resounding success.

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Questions from the audience

[Left to Right] Prof Hikmahanto Juwana, Mr Andi Kadir,
Mr Anangga Roosdiono, Prof Dr Frans Winarta,
Ms Lim Seok Hui, Dr Mohamed Idwan Ganie,
Prof Huala Adolf

The SIAC Jakarta Conference was supported by the BANI Arbitration Center Indonesia, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), Indonesian Arbitrators Institute (IArbI), Indonesian Corporate Counsel Association (ICCA), Indonesian Petroleum Association (IPA), and Hukumonline.com.
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